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Black Screen after Login

Postby jhin on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:47 pm

Hi everyone,

during the last update something went wrong and now my system is broken.

Problem:
The system boots fine and shows the graphical login screen but once I fill in my credentials and press enter, the screen just turns black except for the mouse cursor, which I can still move. Apart of that, nothing happens, the screen stays black except for the mouse. I can switch to the terminals (ctrl-alt-fx). All packages are installed nicely, apt-get is telling me I'm completely up-to-date.

System:
- Radeon X700 SE
- LMDE running Mate, cat /proc/version shows:
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Linux version 3.2.0-4-amd64 (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Debian 4.6.3-12) ) #1 SMP Debian 3.2.32-1


Analysis I've done so far:
- Starting a graphical session from the console (either xstart oder service mdm restart/start) leads to the same result
- Adding a new test user and logging in as the test user does also not solve the problem. Thus my profile does not seem to be the problem.
- I do not have a /etc/X11/Xorg.conf file, but according to my research this should be ok...? In fact I already tried creating a dummy Xorg.conf containing just a short entry for the radeon driver, but this also did not have any effect.
- The graphics card worked nicely before the update. I already tried installing lots of different versions of free and non-free drivers, to no avail.
- I checked the Xorg logs, they contain no error messages.
- mdm is installed correctly

I've spent this whole day with trying stuff and crawling forums and irc channels and now I have no further idea on what to do. What annoys me most is that I don't even know what the problem is! Is it some X configuration stuff? Is it a driver problem? Or something completely different?

Any help would be much, much appreciated...

Kind regards, jhin
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Re: Black Screen after Login

Postby jhin on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:20 pm

Uhm yeah... :oops: .... I just realized that obviously MATE got uninstalled during the update. :lol: :lol: :lol:
I was quite sure that it was there since "sudo service mdm restart/start" or "/etc/init.d/mdm start/restart" did not issue any error messages, but checking whether the packages were actually there revealed that they were NOT. :P
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Re: Black Screen after Login

Postby Stimpeh on Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:36 am

very...VERY...FUNNNY ;) :lol: :roll:
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Re: Black Screen after Login

Postby mowglie on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:45 am

thank you for this! been scratching my noggin raw for days. same situation as yours except cinnamon wasnt installed. nuts!
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Re: Black Screen after Login

Postby Thubo on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:37 pm

Hi,
I've the same / similar problem here...I wanted to exchange mdm for gdm...bad idea.

What I did:
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apt-get purge mdm
apt-get install gdm


After the restart I could login (using the well known standard MATE Login Screen), but the screen stays black. I can see and move my mouse and switch to another console with ctrl+alt+F2...

What I tried meanwhile:
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apt-get get purge gdm
apt-get install mdm

and I also reinstalled any packages coming with mate-core, mate-common, mate-desktop.

Still no use. I still can see the login screen and login properly, but then the screen goes black and the only thing I can do is move the mouse around.

Anyone any ideas what I'm missing?
Thanks in advance
Thubo

UPDATE:
If I click on "sessions" in the login screen and choose "MATE" I can login properly - yet the option "Run xclient script" fails".
Is there a way to repair this?
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