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[SOLVED] Splash then...Black

Ubuntu @ September 21, 2008   Views:0

So while working to figure out the wireless drivers that will make my sony vaio SR-165E network, i did something...not sure what and now after the splash screen the display goes black. I can hear the du,du,dum drums and I can log in blindly, but no display.

I have tried to reboot in safe graphics mode to no avail and I have tried to run the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg command in the terminal and have run that but nothing gets my screen back.

I am not even going to go into the fact that the resolution wasn't correct in the first place, that was gonna be a fix later, but Hardy forced my hand.



Can you Ctrl+Alt+F1 to a terminal?
Did you try dpkg with the -phigh switch?
From a terminal, you can cd to /X11 and see if maybe there's a backup of your xorg.conf from before you started messing with it. cp it to xorg.conf see if that works.
Try changing the driver in xorg to vesa.
Lots of other ways to get it going...

I entered 'dpkg -phigh' in the terminal and it spit out a page of globedygook that i don't understand...

1. Ummm...how do I 'cd' to X11? and find the backup to copy
2. how do i paste it to xorg.conf?
3. how do i go about changing the driver to vesa?

new guy here!

Edit: realized you already did safe graphics mode...

How are you accessing the terminal without graphics? Control+alt+f1?

You can


cd /etc/X11/

to see if you have an old xorg.conf you can use - say if you see you have a backup "xorg.conf.backup":


sudo mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.broken
sudo cp xorg.conf.backup xorg.conf

for example, then reboot.

As for using vesa drivers, that's what safe graphics mode is so i'm wondering why that didn't work...

yup, ctrl+alt+f1 gets me to terminal...right now, I just figured out the full command was:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh server-xorg

The output says:
xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.2008092402042

That's GREAT - in all instances above of



use (still have to cd to the /etc/X11/ directory)



and reboot;

How do I "use" xorg.conf.20080924042?


But where i said xorg.conf.backup, instead type xorg.conf.20080924042

I tried to follow your link, but I'm not sure I did it right, so, I go to do this, starting at the beginning of the thread to go step by step. But this time when I input

The terminal outputs: usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: server is not installed

That is not what is said last time...

When I did enter
sudo cd/etc/X11

I got an output that looked like I was on the right track

first line says:
app-defaults xorg.conf.20080922201706 xorg.conf.broken

last line says:
xorg.conf xorg.conf.20080924202042

Still swimming in black...Ok, I'm having slight trouble understanding you output - i can assume now you finished what i told you --
Now you should reboot .

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