X server problems...Update

David McGlone david at dmcentral.net
Sun Jun 7 19:22:08 UTC 2009


On Sunday 07 June 2009 11:58:10 am steven vollom wrote:
> On Sunday 07 June 2009 09:19:12 am David McGlone wrote:
> > On Monday 01 June 2009 11:25:13 pm David McGlone wrote:
> > > 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 goes.
> >
> > Yesterday, I re-enabled Power control while Desktop Effects were still
> > enabled and sure enough I seem to have reproduced the problem.
> >
> > It seems, with both of these things enabled, my screen goes black and
> > does not fully go into power saving mode, and recovering requires a hard
> > reset. I can tell power control isn't working correctly, because for some
> > reason, my monitor LED stays blue and does not turn yellow.
> >
> > Anyone else experiencing similar problems? I think Steven may be also,
> > but not completely sure yet.
> >
> > --
> > Blessings,
> > David M.
> > http://www.dmcentral.net
>
> With my new computer, the 64 bit, I cannot even get a Live CD to get into
> the mix.  If I could, I think I could get it to work.  I have not gotten
> the opportunity to get to a place where I can get the memory checked, but I
> am pretty confident my problem is related to a memory stick problem or a
> memory slot problem, something to do with memory or motherboard.  I am
> reinstalling and reconfiguring my 32bit box right now, but when I get that
> done, I will try again on the 64 bit.  I sure miss its speed and abilities.
>  This is all so very fun.  It  will be a great day, at least for me, and I
> hope you and everyone else.

I don't see how your video problem has anything to do with the memory problem. 
If your video card is still working, you should still be able to run/install 
kubuntu without the bad memory stick.

-- 
Blessings,
David M.
http://www.dmcentral.net




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