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Desktop don't load

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:22 pm
by zduniec
Hi,
I've installed mint linux on my laptop today. I turned the instalation of updates. Everything have downloaded and instalation started. At the end of instalation the updates, I had to leave my home, so I left laptop turned on to finish the instalation. After 2 hours, when I came back home, I could have only seen a black screen. Nothing was happening. I turned it off by holding the power button. When I turned it back on, logged in, the only thing I could have seen was the mouse coursor. Nothing have loaded, no desktop. Only thing was the mouse coursor. Enyone knows how could I repair it?? I don't know what to do. Please help.

Re: Desktop don't load

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:38 pm
by MagnusB
Boot with failsafe Mint, when the shell loads type:

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sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf ~/xorg.confBAK
which make a backup of the xorg.conf file in your home folder. Then

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sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Scroll down to "Section "Device"" and check with Boardname that this is your graphics card, change
Driver "whatever"
to
Driver "vesa"
Hit Ctrl+X, then Y, then enter.
Or use

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
And go through the steps there. And perhaps the easiest way to go, do a liveCD session work? If that is the case, just copy the working xorg.conf from the liveCD to your disk (usually mounted at /media/disk):

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sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /media/disk/etc/X11/xorg.conf
change /media/disk to the mount point of your root partition. If anything is unclear, I will try to explain them better. You could also post your video card for more specific help.

Re: Desktop don't load

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:07 pm
by zduniec
I did what you have written but there is still the same problem. When I followed the first method the login pannel didn't even showed on, there was only a console. When I coppied the file from the LiveCD there was still the same problem whitch you tried to help me with solving it. My graphic card is
Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family, and the laptop I use is Acer 1691WLMi

Re: Desktop don't load

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:20 pm
by MagnusB
That card should be supported by open source video drivers, sounds like your install were broken. You should try a new instal...