X server problems...Update

David McGlone david at dmcentral.net
Tue Jun 2 03:25:13 UTC 2009

On Monday 01 June 2009 09:42:57 am David McGlone wrote:
> On Monday 01 June 2009 03:23:11 am Steven Vollom wrote:
> > On Sunday 31 May 2009 10:16:48 pm David McGlone wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I have just started experiencing probably something similar to Steven's
> > > problem, my monitor was going blank and would not come back on, I had
> > > to reboot the computer to get a screen back.
> > >
> > > After it happened a couple times, I turned off desktop effects and so
> > > far I haven't had it happen again.
> > >
> > > I also turned off the power saving feature. I'm going to troubleshoot a
> > > little more and I'll post back the results.
> >
> > I cannot get the boot to pass the first boot grub entries which happens
> > so fast I cannot interrupt with f6.
> >
> > I can't even get the boot process to go far enough to activate the Live
> > CD. At least I could edit the boot grub, if I could get to that point.
> >
> > My computer opens with an ASUS page, ASUS logo with some options to
> > connect to the internet, skype, BIOS, normal boot, etc.  When that page
> > closes, in the smallest part of a second, the print which starts the boot
> > procedure goes by so fast that I can not stop it with f6.  I immediately
> > get a black screen with a cursor, like an underscore, blinking in the
> > upper left corner of the screen. I can not seem to get anything else but
> > what I describe, remember, the Live CD will not show the first page where
> > English is the option.
> >
> > I have had brief operation since these problems started.  Those brief
> > encounters suggest to me that at least the first two slots of memory
> > function and all the memory sticks (4 in total, 2gb each).  The video
> > card has functioned since the problem started, HDDs worked and power
> > supply too. The DVDRW worked with the Live CD on one occasion; the only
> > part that has never worked since the problem started is the 3rd and 4th
> > slots for memory. When I install memory, (memory that has tested as
> > working), the black screen appears.
> >
> > Now I get that black screen even when I leave the 2nd & 3rd slots empty
> > and no video card present, using onboard video, 8400 GForce nVidia.
> Yesterday I turned off desktop effects and power control, left my computer
> on for the rest of the day and all night and the problem did not show it's
> ugly face. I just enabled power control this morning and I will wait a
> couple hours and see if the problem returns if not, then I will disable
> power control and enable desktop effects and see if the problem returns.

Well after re-enabling Desktop effects this morning, I still haven't reproduced 
the problem. Tomorrow I'll try the power control with desktop effects off and 
see how that goes, finally I'll enable both of them again and see how that 

David M.

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