Screen goes blank loading X after upgrading memory

James Takac p3nndrag0n at
Sat Sep 22 01:24:32 UTC 2007

On Saturday 22 September 2007 10:27:41 Joachim Struss, Antonia Kostarakis 
> On Fri, 2007-09-21 at 22:38 +0200, Marcelino Luna wrote:
> > I have this strange problem that is driving me nuts.
> >
> > Since I upgraded my PC (Kudoz 7 motherboard with a memory frequency of
> > 266 Mhz, an Athlon 1400Mhz and an Nvidia Geforce 4200) with a 512MB
> > DDR-333 module (a total of 1GB) Kubuntu seems to start but when the X
> > server loads the image on the screen goes blank (the monitor 'says' it
> > has no signal). Meanwhile I can hear what seems to be the desktop
> > finishing the loading.
> >
> > The machine seems to work well with Windows and so it does Linux if I
> > let it with just 512MB, the old two 256MB modules or the new one.
> >
> > I've tried to install Kubuntu on another hard disk and the problem arose
> > just when I installed the Nvidia drivers.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> >     //.arce
> I know exactly what it feels like. I have the same problem, but with a
> new install on a computer I just bought.
> My system: Intel C2Duo. Graphics: Nvidia GF 8500GT (512Mb). Monitor:Acer
> 1680x 1050 resolution.
> I tried to install the 64bit edition of Gutsy. Monitor of. After that I
> tried the 64bit Feisty. Same thing. Well it actually installs and boots.
> I was able to switch the monitor back on after a minute or so and was at
> the login screen. I am dual booting though and was not able to access
> the boot option screen anymore.
> This is only happening to me with the 64bit edition though. I have since
> gone back to the 32bit and do not have any problems with it.


Not sure but it could be a driver issue. I've had a number of instances where 
I got a blank screen after installing an nvidia driver. Can you access a 
terminal window via CTRL ALT F1 ? If so you can then edit 
your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and temporarily change the driver to  nv or vesa.

How did you install the nvidia driver? From nvidia driver direct from the 
nvidia site? Form automatix? Or via the envy script? If one of these got you 
where you are, one of the others may get you going


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