Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

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Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

#1 Postby Atari RedBeard » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:10 pm

Hello, all. Nice to be here. I am enjoying MEPIS after having tried various other distros. I have hit upon a snag, though not a tear-my-hair-out critical one.

I am running a Win XP/ MEPIS 8.5 dual boot system. Celeron 2.5 ghz, 768 megs RAM, 19" Proview LCD... so a friend at work gave to me a video card - NVIDIA GeForce FX - a while back. I thought that I'd try it out this weekend, see what happens...

So I powered down, inserted the card and turned things back on. As I expected, Windows burped, shifted into 800x600 for a while until it found a suitable driver; one reboot later, no problems. Then I tried out Puppy Linux 4.3, it looks like it worked just fine, had no troubles as far as I could tell. Then I tried out the new (?) version of CrunchBang 10 live cd. Again, hardware detected fine, no issues.

I had hopes that MEPIS would behave roughly like Windows and just bark and re-probe the hardware or something. But no go. I get past GRUB by using the "vga=791" trick, I then do the CRTL-ALT-F1 thing so that I can watch menu items go by with "OK" statuses, but just as it gets to the login screen, I get a big screen full of nothingness.

So, I guess my question is: is there a way to force a new X configuration? Alternatively, I can use Puppy Linux to alter one of the login scripts or configuration files if I need to. If absolutely necessary, I can unplug the card and just "revert", but I hope that won't screw anything up worse...

Obviously, I'll provide any other information that would help and any information you all could give will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance! Cheers.

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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

#2 Postby uncle mark » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:15 pm

Atari RedBeard wrote:So, I guess my question is: is there a way to force a new X configuration?


Boot to the Live CD and use the X-Windows-Assistant to repair the graphics. It is designed for exactly these kinds of situations. (And it's missed in M11.)
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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void [SOLVE

#3 Postby Atari RedBeard » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:29 am

Wow, thanks, Uncle Mark!

SOLVED...

At least mostly solved. Sure enough, booted the Live CD as root (I used the 'mount as read/write option-not sure if I needed too, though) and ran the Assistant, there is a checkbox area where you choose which partition to apply the changes, and that was practically it.

Well, I'm not sure that I am getting all the benefits of the new hardware, but that can be investigated later. For the time being, I am back in my system! Yay!

Uncle Mark, You Country! (which is like You Rock!, but turned all the way up to 11) ;)

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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

#4 Postby lucky9 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:13 am

To get all that can be gotten you might try sgfxi. It's a Command Line script that's easy to use. Full instructions are on this page: http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php?title=Sgfxi
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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

#5 Postby bowlkook » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:16 am

I concur with lucky9. I was messing around with kernels this weekend. I got a black screen but dropped to ctrl+alt+f1, installed smxi and used sgfxi to get me back to full graphical goodness.

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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void

#6 Postby lucky9 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:19 am

The directions in the wiki are very good. It's also about the easiest way to get comfortable with the non-GUI Linux. The downloading is all Copy&Paste. Not a bad idea to print out the directions if you're a first-timer at the Command Line.
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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void [SOLVE

#7 Postby uncle mark » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:57 pm

Atari RedBeard wrote:Wow, thanks, Uncle Mark!


Sometimes I get lucky.
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Re: Upgraded video card leads to black screen of void [SOLVE

#8 Postby richb » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:01 pm

uncle mark wrote:
Atari RedBeard wrote:Wow, thanks, Uncle Mark!


Sometimes I get lucky.

Sometimes? :rofl:
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