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Icons goes black

Postby walshy on Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:44 pm

Hi all,

Total newbie here, only started using Linux Mint about two weeks ago and after all was going well I installed all updates yesterday using mintUpdate and I was also messing around with Compzig configurations. After restarting I got to the log in screen, entered my username and password as usual and the desktop came up as usual. Then my problems started! The pop up to tell me I was connected to the wireless network came up as a black box (almost like a TV that wasn't tuned in). Then as I moved the mouse across the screen all icons it passed over went black. When I tried to click on the mintmenu it came up as a black screen. Basically everything came up as a black box!

Im not sure what caused this, and Im certainly not sure how to solve it as I cant get into anything to try and solve the problem.
Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Screen goes black on startup

Postby Husse on Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:43 am

Well what you describe is not what you have on the subject line - I'll change it
I have to give my standard answer that I unfortunately have to give way too often
You have to tell us more facts.
The minimum is exactly which Mint you have - which version and which edition (main or any of the CEs)
We also need to know a bit about all your hardware.
Run " lspci " in a terminal and post here (to avoid misunderstanding - the first character is a minor L and you copy by marking with the mouse and then right click)
Some wifi and possibly built in sound can be connected to USB even if they are internal - if you suspect you have one of these run " lsusb " in a terminal.
Also tell us if this is using mint4win or not, quite important
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Re: Screen goes black on startup

Postby walshy on Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:24 am

Thanks for the reply and sorry for the lack of info!
I've taken a few pictures of what is happening which might make it a bit clearer.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianwalsh2/3486060526/in/photostream/
When I start up the pop up box for the wireless in the bottom right hand corner comes up as a black box.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianwalsh2/3485246063/in/photostream/
Then if I try and open the mintmenu or if I try and open any programs they come up as black boxes. So eventually the screen is completely black!

I have Linux Mint 6 Felicia, the main edition. I'm not using mint4win.

When I ran lspci I got:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
03:01.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 0a)
03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 05)
03:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev ff)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)

When I ran lsusb I got:
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 413c:8126 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 355 Bluetooth
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Note: In order to run the terminal I booted with the LiveCD.
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Re: Icons goes black

Postby Husse on Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:07 am

No time today - it's on my list now
Preliminary answer
From the looks of it I'd say a problem with the video driver, but you have Intel
Check in /etc/X11/xorg.conf that you have
Driver "intel"
in
Section "Device"
You can also boot into Recovery Mode and run the Fix X option there
Possibly a reinstall of xorg-video-intel could help - but if you get black boxes for every application it may be a bit tricky
So to do that press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (hold the keys a little while) and do
Code: Select all
apt install xserver-xorg-video-intel

That's text only
Then restart X - Alt + Backspace - no unsaved documents now
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Re: Icons goes black

Postby walshy on Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:26 pm

Hey Husse, thanks for your time. However I decided I had nothing to lose by reinstalling and starting from scratch. I think the fact that I couldn't actually see anything would have made it extremely difficult for anyone to try and help me!
Thanks again.
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Re: Icons goes black

Postby Husse on Fri May 01, 2009 6:17 am

Yeah - and the fact you have Intel video and a driver problem (most likely) does not make it easier
If you have your data on a separate partition it's really easy to reinstall
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