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Blank screen issue at boot

Postby tinny4u on Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:01 pm

Hello

I have a really frustrating issue with Mint 7

Mint appears to be booting correctly (showing the progress bar), but 90% of the time instead of showing the login screen I am presented with a blank white screen. If I press ctrl + alt + F1 I am presented with a terminal session that looks fine.

The laptop im having issues with is a NEC Versa M400 - 240DW

Some details about the video card

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> lspci

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00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)


Im guessing there is something wrong with my xorg config???

Heres my xorg.conf

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Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
    Device        "Configured Video Device"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier    "Configured Video Device"
    #Option        "UseFBDev"        "true"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option    "DontZap"    "False"
EndSection


Any ideas??? Thanks
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Re: Blank screen issue at boot

Postby rich_roast on Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:08 pm

It might help to see if Xorg.0.log has recorded any errors:

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grep '(EE)' /var/log/Xorg.0.log
grep '(WW)' /var/log/Xorg.0.log
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Re: Blank screen issue at boot

Postby tinny4u on Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:43 am

Thanks for that helpful tip!
Here is the output of those commands

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grep '(EE)' /var/log/Xorg.0.log

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(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.


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grep '(WW)' /var/log/Xorg.0.log

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(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
(WW) intel(0): libpciaccess reported 0 rom size, guessing 64kB
(WW) intel(0): Register 0x61200 (PP_STATUS) changed from 0xc0000008 to 0xd000000a
(WW) intel(0): PP_STATUS before: on, ready, sequencing idle
(WW) intel(0): PP_STATUS after: on, ready, sequencing on
(WW) intel(0): DRI2 requires UXA
(WW) intel(0): xf86AllocateGARTMemory: allocation of 1536 pages failed
(WW) intel(0): Allocation error, framebuffer compression disabled
(WW) intel(0): xf86AllocateGARTMemory: allocation of 10 pages failed
(WW) intel(0): Chosen PLL clock of 66.6 Mhz more than 2% away from desired 65.0 Mhz
(WW) intel(0):   Hardware claims pipe A is on while software believes it is off


Looks like there might be some useful info in these outputs??? This problem is still beyond me.

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Re: Blank screen issue at boot

Postby rich_roast on Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:17 am

The XOrg intel drivers appear to be have been, and in this case continue to be quite buggy.

Two potential fixes may be found here, they consist of either rolling back the driver or rolling the kernel forward. Both repeatedly appear as solutions in various Ubuntu bug reports relating to the specific problem seen in the Xorg.0.log here.
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