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#1 2011-08-22 15:57:18

CyberMaN
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X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Hello,

First off, I apologize for being responsible for another topic regarding issues like this...

Secondly, I should mention that I never managed to get the X server working on this laptop when installing it manually... It has only worked on Ubuntu, but the installation was pretty automatic there...

I followed the steps on the wiki to install the X server. As for video drivers... I tried both nouveau and the official NVIDIA driver from the site, but in the end I always end up in a few scenarios..

1. Error when doing startx. No screens found. This occurs right after I finish the steps on the wiki. No xorg.conf or anything...

2. If after that I install the NVIDIA driver, the official one, and use the config from nvidia-xconfig
Same thing.

I even tried specifying the BusID and that makes the error not show up but it boots to a black screen with nothing on it.

I'm stomped, I have been through the forums and google searching but none of the answers there helps my situation.

It's a laptop with an nvidia GT 350M.

Here is the Xorg.0.log

http://paste.pocoo.org/show/462486

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by CyberMaN (2011-08-22 15:57:59)

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#2 2011-08-22 16:01:04

karol
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

[  5956.672] (WW) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Unable to read EDID for display device CRT-0

Any idea why the log mentions a CRT display? Have you tried ignoring EDID?

How exactly you install the nvidia driver: from the nvidia page or from our repos?

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#3 2011-08-22 16:41:11

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Not sure why it thinks it is a crt display. It is just my laptop screen (pretty sure it is not crt). And I don't know how to ignore the EDID... Could you let me know how?

As for the driver, I download the .run package off their site and run it.

Thanks for the time you take to help.

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#4 2011-08-22 16:47:33

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

CyberMaN wrote:

I don't know how to ignore the EDID... Could you let me know how?

Something along these lines:

Section “Device”
Identifier “your graphics card model”
Driver “nvidia”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0″
Option “IgnoreEDID” “true”
EndSection

You may try w/o the BusID too.

CyberMaN wrote:

As for the driver, I download the .run package off their site and run it.

CyberMaN wrote:

I followed the steps on the wiki to install the X server. As for video drivers...

... you decided to ignore the wiki. Mend your ways and see if it helps :-)
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Nvidia

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#5 2011-08-22 17:47:10

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Nothing happens... The ignore EDID does not make a difference, the xorg log says Option IgnoreEDID is not used... How could that be?

As for the video drivers, they should both technically work (I mean methods of installing...) I tried.the wiki way though but nothing... Same result.

I used to boot the kernel with vga=773. I removed that for a test and now when I do startx I can see an undescore at the top left that I could not before. Not sure how this helps, if at all.

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#6 2011-08-22 17:53:09

karol
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

CyberMaN wrote:

Nothing happens... The ignore EDID does not make a difference, the xorg log says Option IgnoreEDID is not used... How could that be?

As for the video drivers, they should both technically work (I mean methods of installing...) I tried.the wiki way though but nothing... Same result.

I used to boot the kernel with vga=773. I removed that for a test and now when I do startx I can see an undescore at the top left that I could not before. Not sure how this helps, if at all.

You can try using

Option         "UseEDID" "False"

Let's try again, from the beginning. Remove everything you installed via .run from nvidia and follow the wiki on how to properly set up either nvidia or nouveau - pay attention to kernel boot lien, KMS etc.
Don't use xorg.conf and don't generate one.

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#7 2011-08-22 19:13:39

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Just to be on the safe side since it is the first thing I am installing I formatted and took it from the top. I followed the wiki to the letter doing nothing more or less than what it said. I installed the proprietary nvidia driver from pacman because as I said on the first post nouveau did not work for me and I did not run any config utility or nvidia-settings. Now I rebooted and when I do startx... No screens found...

Xorg.0.log
http://paste.pocoo.org/show/462578

Thanks

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#8 2011-08-22 19:18:22

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

...
[  1270.009] (==) Matched intel as autoconfigured driver 0
[  1270.009] (==) Matched vesa as autoconfigured driver 1
[  1270.009] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 2
[  1270.009] (==) Assigned the driver to the xf86ConfigLayout
[  1270.009] (II) LoadModule: "intel"
[  1270.009] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module intel
[  1270.009] (II) UnloadModule: "intel"
[  1270.009] (II) Unloading intel
[  1270.009] (EE) Failed to load module "intel" (module does not exist, 0)
...

Do you have an intel card on this laptop or is nvidia GT 350M the only one present?

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#9 2011-08-22 19:22:44

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

There is also an Intel card, intel corporation core processor integrated graphics controller

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#10 2011-08-22 19:24:47

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Stop!   

What is the output of

lspci | grep VGA

?


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#11 2011-08-22 19:26:51

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

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#12 2011-08-22 19:29:32

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

It's nice that you post your log on pastebin, but if you use [ code ] tags noone is gonna complain. Posting two lines on a pastebin is overdoing it though wink.


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#13 2011-08-22 19:30:18

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NV … leshooting

No screens found on a laptop / Nvidia Optimus
On a laptop, if the nvidia driver cannot find any screens, you may have an Nvidia Optimus setup : an Intel chipset connected to the screen and the video outputs, and a Nvidia card that does all the hard work and writes to the chipset's video memory.
Check if
lspci | grep VGA
outputs something similar to
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0df4 (rev a1)
Unfortunately Nvidia has no plans to support this in their Linux drivers.
You need to install the Intel driver to handle the screens, then if you want 3D software you should run them through Bumblebee to tell them to use the Nvidia card.

Install "Intel" driver:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel

Follow installation instructions for Bumblebee:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee


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#14 2011-08-22 19:31:38

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

.:B:. wrote:

It's nice that you post your log on pastebin, but if you use [ code ] tags noone is gonna complain. Posting two lines on a pastebin is overdoing it though wink.


It takes a while to write a whole console output on the PDA and making sure ot is all correct

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#15 2011-08-22 19:35:57

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

That can be kind of a bitch indeed.

http://sprunge.us/ smile


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#16 2011-08-22 19:42:37

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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

CyberMaN, your first post is almost misleading, you left out some crucial parts, please don't do that again.

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#17 2011-08-22 20:17:14

CyberMaN
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Re: X server no screens found or boot to a black screen

Thanks. The intel drivers worked. I had to uninstall nvidia and nvidia-utils though due to conflicts. I am guessing bumblebee will take care of the hard work that the nvidia package did.

Thanks a lot.

Karol, why would I intentionally sabotage my own support thread? That is absurd. I provided info as best as I could. No need for a tone, sorry to waste your time.

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