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Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby JanAcc on Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:25 am

Hi everybody,

I know this has come up several times on the forums but for now I didn't find any solution that works for me :(

Here are my specs: Thinkpad R60 (very old, think I bought it in fall 2005) with a Radeon Mobility x1400 (I think that one is causing the problems here)
I am trying to get the Linux Mint Debian 201204 Mint/Cinnamon Live CD running.

Problem description:
When I try to boot from the live cd, boot loader comes up just fine, boot process looks good first (I'm using nosplash and noquiet here). After several seconds of booting procedure (I think one of the last entries I see is "populating /dev") the screen just goes "black". No error message, no login for single user or whatsoever, just a plain black screen. From there on no input from the keyboard will be processed. I tried ctrl+alt+f1, ctrl+alt+backspace, ctrl+alt+delete, ctrl+c, ctrl+d, ... It seems that the system has freezed. Only power reset will work.
I suspect an issue with the x1400 and the graphics driver and/or xserver. So I experimented with various kernel cheat codes: noapic, nolapic, noacpi, acpi=off, pci=noacpi, nomodeset, ... Until now, to no avail. Without having a clue, it's difficult to try all possible combinations. I also combined that with the "compability" boot entry.
I have also tried to use the kernel parameter "single". However, that produced the same result.

At this point I'm running out of ideas. Has anyone a clue what to do?

Regards
JanAcc

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Re: Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby zerozero on Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:36 am

have you tried with
radeon.modeset=0
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Re: Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby JanAcc on Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:57 am

Im impressed. Apparently, that did the job. Thanks!
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Re: Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby brane on Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:42 am

Same problem here....have you found a solution in the meantime? I know the new iso is coming out soon but i'm still interested why i wasn't able to boot
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Re: Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby brane on Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:44 am

brane wrote:Same problem here....have you found a solution in the meantime? I know the new iso is coming out soon but i'm still interested why i wasn't able to boot

oh sorry i did not see the reply.....can you explain in detail how this helped?What do i need to do?
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Re: Live CD wont boot - black screen (of death)

Postby JanAcc on Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:22 am

brane wrote:can you explain in detail how this helped?What do i need to do?


Can't tell you exactely why this helped...
How it helped? Well, my Linux Mint Debian boots now without any complains.
What you need to do? When you see the bootloader, i.e. Grub, press Tab to edit an entry. You see now the boot command that will be issued. You can directly edit it, for example by providing additional boot options, kernel cheat codes etc.. Provide "radeon.modeset=0" (without quotes) at the end but before the dashes (don't know if this matters).
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