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#1 2011-05-24 23:28:38

gfx010
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Registered: 2010-07-05
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Archlinux new installation, gdm doesn't start, black screen, unrespons

I recently installed Archlinux, everything went fine.
I installed xorg, then gnome

pacman -S xorg
pacman -S gnome gnome-extra

I added: dbus and gdm to rc.conf
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng dbus network netfs crond gdm)

When the daemon gdm starts, a black screen with random white lines appears, the system becomes unresponsive and i have to turn off my notebook by pressing the power button. (4seconds...)

so, what can i do? what is causing this problem?

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#2 2011-05-24 23:45:38

jasonwryan
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Re: Archlinux new installation, gdm doesn't start, black screen, unrespons

Did you install the xorg-base packages?

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Be … #Install_X


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#3 2011-05-25 00:07:02

Czarcasmo
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From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Registered: 2011-04-20
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Re: Archlinux new installation, gdm doesn't start, black screen, unrespons

If you do exactly as the wiki lays out in the Beginner's Guide with regard to installing the base packages for xorg. Just to be thorough, did you do a full upgrade of the system after you installed the base? I recently installed Arch on a laptop and GNOME 3 and I did the following:

1. Install Arch
2. -Syy / -Syu
2a. Install video drivers (xf86-video-intel, xf86-video-ati, etc)
3. Reboot
4. Install xorg base packages [see jasonwryan's link]
5. Install gnome [don't do extras yet
6. Edit /etc/rc.conf to add dbus and gdm
7. Reboot

What type of laptop are you installing on? What type of video card do you have on it?

Cheers,
Czar.


Laptop: Lenovo X1 Carbon, Core i7 2.0Ghz, 8GB RAM, Gnome 3.16

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#4 2011-05-25 00:22:36

gfx010
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Re: Archlinux new installation, gdm doesn't start, black screen, unrespons

Czarcasmo wrote:

If you do exactly as the wiki lays out in the Beginner's Guide with regard to installing the base packages for xorg. Just to be thorough, did you do a full upgrade of the system after you installed the base? I recently installed Arch on a laptop and GNOME 3 and I did the following:

1. Install Arch
2. -Syy / -Syu
2a. Install video drivers (xf86-video-intel, xf86-video-ati, etc)
3. Reboot
4. Install xorg base packages [see jasonwryan's link]
5. Install gnome [don't do extras yet
6. Edit /etc/rc.conf to add dbus and gdm
7. Reboot

What type of laptop are you installing on? What type of video card do you have on it?

Cheers,
Czar.

Laptop: Gateway P79
Video card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260M/1GB

Is there a particular required installation order?
( Video Card Drivers (nvidia/nvidia-utils/lib32-nvidia-utils in my case) => Xorg/xorg-base =>  Gnome =>  /etc/rc.conf =>  Gnome-extra ) ?

jasonwryan wrote:

Did you install the xorg-base packages?

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Be … #Install_X

Thanks for the link, I didn't follow the beginners guide, I followed a 3rd party installation guide and that guide only said to install "xorg" (pacman -S xorg), it didn't say anything about xorg-base packages... I'll reinstall Arch using the Beginners guid and post back. Thanks.

Last edited by gfx010 (2011-05-25 00:24:15)

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#5 2011-05-25 00:31:27

Czarcasmo
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From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Registered: 2011-04-20
Posts: 82

Re: Archlinux new installation, gdm doesn't start, black screen, unrespons

gfx010 wrote:

Laptop: Gateway P79
Video card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260M/1GB

Is there a particular required installation order?
( Video Card Drivers (nvidia/nvidia-utils/lib32-nvidia-utils in my case) => Xorg/xorg-base =>  Gnome =>  /etc/rc.conf =>  Gnome-extra ) ?

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Hey,

You can try the nouveau driver with your NVIDIA card, but there are some alternatives as well. You'll see in the Beginner's Guide if you follow it.

Cheers.
Czar.


Laptop: Lenovo X1 Carbon, Core i7 2.0Ghz, 8GB RAM, Gnome 3.16

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