Mint xfce 13 - black screen

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Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby ebb on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:21 am

Hi,

After installing (in other words, from a live CD), and rebooting, the screen is black. Everything seems functional, but
with a black screen, I can't see any icons, background, etc. I've searched for fixes, but haven't had success. This is
running on a 10 year old Compaq desktop with and AMD Athlon 3400+, with 512MB of RAM.

Also, I've noticed that after leaving it unattended for (? whatever the default) minutes, the screen saver comes up, but
then when I move the mouse, I still end up with a black screen.

Ran Ubuntu for many years, until it became too bulky for that PC.

Apologies in advance if this has been asked many times, and I just didn't find the answer to this on the board.

Thanks!
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby aac74 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:34 am

is the laptop backlight on ? Do the laptop brightness contols work ?

some laptops boot with the backlight off on the login screen and you need to use brightness controls to turn it back on.
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby ebb on Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:28 am

This is a desktop, with a flatscreen monitor that's (? 5? ) years old. It seems unlikely that this is
a backlight issue, since a "4th of July fireworks" - type screensaver eventually comes up. It's
after I move the mouse that, after the screensaver stops, the screen SOMETIMES stays black. No
background, visible icons, etc.

Thanks anyway though!
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby igor83 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:46 am

ebb wrote:This is a desktop, with a flatscreen monitor that's (? 5? ) years old. It seems unlikely that this is
a backlight issue, since a "4th of July fireworks" - type screensaver eventually comes up. It's
after I move the mouse that, after the screensaver stops, the screen SOMETIMES stays black. No
background, visible icons, etc.

Thanks anyway though!


To restore your icons, if you can open a terminal and see it, then enter xfdesktop at the command line. Then hit Ctrl-C and exit. Your desktop icons should be restored. If it doesn't work: you must trick Xfce to let you have your icons back. If you can, go to Settings -> Desktop and change the background of the desktop to something different--a different wallpaper. Then enter xfdesktop at the command line again and see whether this works. I had a situation in LM 14 Xfce where the icons disappeared, and stayed gone after rebooting, and this is how I got them back.

You might consider configuring your xorg.conf, if you haven't already, specifying resolution and refresh rate. This isn't necessary for all displays, but can solve otherwise intractable problems on some. Are you using the proprietary ATI driver?
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby legit imposter on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:26 am

thanks i had the same problem but now it's fixed!!!!! :)
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby igor83 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:51 pm

legit imposter wrote:thanks i had the same problem but now it's fixed!!!!! :)


Yeppers happened to me, that's why I posted the solution on my blog and here.
Wish the OP had come back and changed his subject to [SOLVED]
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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby celem on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:36 pm

This just happened to me. When I executed xfdesktop, the shell replied "The program 'xfdesktop' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing sudo apt-get install xfdesktop4"

I did this, then again executed xfdesktop. It displayed "(xfdesktop:3695): GLib-GIO-CRITICAL **: g_file_get_path: assertion `G_IS_FILE (file)' failed" but when I ^C out my desktop was restored.

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Re: Mint xfce 13 - black screen

Postby cipricus on Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:28 pm

Most likely a VGA driver issue. Using 'nomodeset' option on live CD boot this is avoided.

I experienced this on a new laptop and after a while noticed that this was solved by pushing the laptop button that increases the display brightness: on an old desktop this must be a different matter.

See if you recognize your problem here (http://askubuntu.com/q/189706/47206) or here (http://askubuntu.com/q/195041/47206).
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