Help!!! Linux wont start

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Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:16 am

outside of failsafeX, Linux mint 11 gets stuck at "checking battery state" forever

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by nunol » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:32 am

Did you use the "Compatibility mode" boot?

Try to boot with some boot options, "acpi=off", etc:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootO ... %20Options

We need more information about your hardware, run this:

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inxi -F

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:56 pm

I do not know how to use compatibility mode.

here is the output I got from the code:

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System:    Host linux-Test-1 Kernel 2.6.38-8-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 11 Katya
CPU:       Single core AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (-UP-) cache 512 KB flags (sse) bmips 3666.51 clocked at 1833.257 MHz 
Graphics:  Card nVidia NV34 [GeForce FX 5100] X.Org 1.10.1 Res: 1024x768@0.0hz 
           GLX Renderer N/A GLX Version N/A Direct Rendering N/A
Audio:     Card-1 Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 driver EMU10K1_Audigy at port a000 BusID: 00:09.0
           Card-2 VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller driver VIA 82xx Audio at port 1000 BusID: 00:11.5
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.23
Network:   Card VIA VT6102 [Rhine-II] driver via-rhine at port e400 BusID: 00:12.0
Disks:     HDD Total Size: 101.2GB (4.6% used) 1: /dev/sda MAXTOR_6L060J3 60.0GB 
           2: /dev/sdb Maxtor_2F040L0 41.1GB 
Partition: ID:/ size: 7.3G used: 4.4G (64%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 1.07GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 51.5C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes 131 Uptime 2 min Memory 244.7/1001.2MB Runlevel S Client Shell inxi 1.4.23 
P.S. If it helps, I'm running this alongside windows xp.

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by nunol » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:20 am

So, you have Mint 11 already installed right?

Try to boot with the "acpi=off" boot option. At the boot menu where you chose to boot Mint or Windows XP select the Mint entry, press the "e" key and find "ro" and write acpi=off then press Ctrl-X to boot. See if that solves the problem. This video shows how to to that, minute 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9WIcPKc-o

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:17 am

I tried it with acpi=off, but it did not make any difference

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by AlbertP » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:07 pm

According to the inxi output, your graphics driver is not working properly.
Did you install the NVidia driver? If that's the case, please uninstall it (the driver program is Additional Drivers in the menu > Administration) and then try again installing it, or use the experimental driver of Mint 11. In my opinion, the experimental driver works better if you don't need very advanced graphics to run games.
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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:59 pm

thanks!!! :D It now boots, but it is not my monitor native resolution, which is 1680 by 1050 :(

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by AlbertP » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:46 am

You might be able to set the resolution back to 1680x1050 using the Monitors program in the menu.
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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:45 pm

The program won't detect my monitor

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by nunol » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:18 am

run this and post the output:

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xrandr

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by AlbertP » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:56 am

Please post the output of this command to ensure that the driver is now working OK:

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inxi -Gx
If it answers 'Direct Rendering Yes' all is OK, and I'd like to see the output of xrandr. If it still answers GLX Renderer N/A, the driver problems aren't yet solved.
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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:11 pm

inxi -Gx:

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Graphics:  Card nVidia NV34 [GeForce FX 5100] X.Org 1.10.1 Res: 1024x768@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer N/A GLX Version N/A Direct Rendering N/A
xrandr:

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Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1024 x 768, maximum 4096 x 4096
VGA-1 connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
   1024x768       60.0* 
   800x600        60.3     56.2  
   848x480        60.0  
   640x480        59.9  
TV-1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by AlbertP » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:03 am

N/A means that the driver still does not work OK.

Did you install the experimental driver, or did you reinstall the official one? Note that you can only have one installed at a time to get a working system.
Make sure that you haven't got 2 conflicting drivers installed.
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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by GoWeegee » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:50 am

I now have only the experimental drivers installed.

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by AlbertP » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:58 am

Please post the output of this command:

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lspci -k | grep nvidia
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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by sveinkolden » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:40 am

This happened to me when trying to install a new ATI driver. I started in safe mode and command line only.
With superuser permissions, enter the command "aticonfig --uninstall"

reboot and you should see the normal login

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by artouk » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:08 am

sveinkolden wrote:This happened to me when trying to install a new ATI driver. I started in safe mode and command line only.
With superuser permissions, enter the command "aticonfig --uninstall"

reboot and you should see the normal login

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This isn't going to work on an nVidia card.

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Re: Help!!! Linux wont start

Post by Marame » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:41 pm

I had the same problem and did suspect my Nvidia card and drivers. But the problem was my external USB harddrive (LaCie/Samsung 500 Gb) which did not wake up in time and boot process stopped waiting it. That hard drive runs pretty hot and i have an external cooler for that. Removing this harddrive cured problem.

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