X server problems...Update

David McGlone david at dmcentral.net
Sun Jun 7 14:19:12 BST 2009


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



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