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#1 2013-03-20 03:27:43

krel
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Registered: 2012-11-04
Posts: 7

Screen flickers and doesn't boot gnome

I know this is a common problem, but I can't find any info pointing me to my specific problem - After an upgrade my laptop decided not to boot into gnome properly.

My laptop (compaq-mini CQ10-450CA) is not loading gnome. It starts to boot up fine and then the screen flickers as I assume it is trying to load gnome-sessions, and then freezes.

I can ALT-F2 to login via command line.

$ cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE

[     27.457] (EE) Failed to load module "modesetting" (module does not exist, 0)

I don't think this error matters, and trying to boot with nomodeset really messes things up...

When in command line and I use "$ startx" to run X without gnome, and it works fine and the 3 basic terminals load up, but when I type startx using my .xinitrc file (linking to gnome-session) the screen blinks for a while and returns back to the command line saying the execution was successful (??).

My .xinitrc file seems intact and hasn't changed.

Running "$ mkinitcpio -p linux" has no effect

Booting the fallback image gets the same results and downgrading to the previous kernel renders no difference either and neither does reinstalling all of gnome.

Any help would be appreciated or any links to any relevant forum posts.

Thanks,
-Krel

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#2 2013-03-20 19:40:55

kotus
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Registered: 2013-03-20
Posts: 5

Re: Screen flickers and doesn't boot gnome

can you post content of /etc/mkinitcpio.conf (just list all things that are listed in MODULES="", FILES="", BINARIES="" and hooks="") and provide more info about graphic card you have and drivers you use, is it nvidia, ati? open source drivers or proprietary?
and what is the output of running " mkinitcpio -p linux"??

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#3 2013-03-20 20:52:44

krel
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Registered: 2012-11-04
Posts: 7

Re: Screen flickers and doesn't boot gnome

Here is the output of $ mkinitcpio -p linux :

==> Building image from preset: 'default'
  -> -k /boot/vmlinuz-linux -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-linux.img
==> Starting build: 3.8.3-2-ARCH
  -> Running build hook: [base]
  -> Running build hook: [udev]
  -> Running build hook: [autodetect]
  -> Running build hook: [modconf]
  -> Running build hook: [block]
  -> Running build hook: [filesystems]
  -> Running build hook: [keyboard]
  -> Running build hook: [fsck]
==> Generating module dependencies
==> Creating gzip initcpio image: /boot/initramfs-linux.img
==> Image generation successful
==> Building image from preset: 'fallback'
  -> -k /boot/vmlinuz-linux -c /etc/mkinitcpio.conf -g /boot/initramfs-linux-fallback.img -S autodetect
==> Starting build: 3.8.3-2-ARCH
  -> Running build hook: [base]
  -> Running build hook: [udev]
  -> Running build hook: [modconf]
  -> Running build hook: [block]
  -> Running build hook: [filesystems]
  -> Running build hook: [keyboard]
  -> Running build hook: [fsck]
==> Generating module dependencies
==> Creating gzip initcpio image: /boot/initramfs-linux-fallback.img
==> Image generation successful

And /etc/mkinitcpio.conf :

# vim:set ft=sh
# MODULES
# The following modules are loaded before any boot hooks are
# run.  Advanced users may wish to specify all system modules
# in this array.  For instance:
#     MODULES="piix ide_disk reiserfs"
MODULES=""

# BINARIES
# This setting includes any additional binaries a given user may
# wish into the CPIO image.  This is run last, so it may be used to
# override the actual binaries included by a given hook
# BINARIES are dependency parsed, so you may safely ignore libraries
BINARIES=""

# FILES
# This setting is similar to BINARIES above, however, files are added
# as-is and are not parsed in any way.  This is useful for config files.
FILES=""

# HOOKS
# This is the most important setting in this file.  The HOOKS control the
# modules and scripts added to the image, and what happens at boot time.
# Order is important, and it is recommended that you do not change the
# order in which HOOKS are added.  Run 'mkinitcpio -H <hook name>' for
# help on a given hook.
# 'base' is _required_ unless you know precisely what you are doing.
# 'udev' is _required_ in order to automatically load modules
# 'filesystems' is _required_ unless you specify your fs modules in MODULES
# Examples:
##   This setup specifies all modules in the MODULES setting above.
##   No raid, lvm2, or encrypted root is needed.
#    HOOKS="base"
#
##   This setup will autodetect all modules for your system and should
##   work as a sane default
#    HOOKS="base udev autodetect block filesystems"
#
##   This setup will generate a 'full' image which supports most systems.
##   No autodetection is done.
#    HOOKS="base udev block filesystems"
#
##   This setup assembles a pata mdadm array with an encrypted root FS.
##   Note: See 'mkinitcpio -H mdadm' for more information on raid devices.
#    HOOKS="base udev block mdadm encrypt filesystems"
#
##   This setup loads an lvm2 volume group on a usb device.
#    HOOKS="base udev block lvm2 filesystems"
#
##   NOTE: If you have /usr on a separate partition, you MUST include the
#    usr, fsck and shutdown hooks.
HOOKS="base udev autodetect modconf block filesystems keyboard fsck"

# COMPRESSION
# Use this to compress the initramfs image. By default, gzip compression
# is used. Use 'cat' to create an uncompressed image.
#COMPRESSION="gzip"
#COMPRESSION="bzip2"
#COMPRESSION="lzma"
#COMPRESSION="xz"
#COMPRESSION="lzop"

# COMPRESSION_OPTIONS
# Additional options for the compressor
#COMPRESSION_OPTIONS=""

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#4 2013-03-21 17:41:25

kotus
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Registered: 2013-03-20
Posts: 5

Re: Screen flickers and doesn't boot gnome

everything here seems right, you didn't tell me which graphic card you use and which drivers, do you use, open source drivers or proprietary??
also, can you post output of /etc/default/grub if you use grub...

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#5 2013-03-22 17:04:13

krel
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Registered: 2012-11-04
Posts: 7

Re: Screen flickers and doesn't boot gnome

/etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DEFAULT=0
GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="Arch"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet /usr/lib/systemd/systemd"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

# Preload both GPT and MBR modules so that they are not missed
GRUB_PRELOAD_MODULES="part_gpt part_msdos"

# Uncomment to enable Hidden Menu, and optionally hide the timeout count
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=5
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

# Uncomment to use basic console
GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT=console

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal
#GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT=console

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
GRUB_GFXMODE=auto

# Uncomment to allow the kernel use the same resolution used by grub
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep

# Uncomment if you want GRUB to pass to the Linux kernel the old parameter 
# format "root=/dev/xxx" instead of "root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/xxx" 
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries
GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY=true

# Uncomment and set to the desired menu colors.  Used by normal and wallpaper 
# modes only.  Entries specified as foreground/background.
#GRUB_COLOR_NORMAL="light-blue/black"
#GRUB_COLOR_HIGHLIGHT="light-cyan/blue"

# Uncomment one of them for the gfx desired, a image background or a gfxtheme
#GRUB_BACKGROUND="/path/to/wallpaper"
#GRUB_THEME="/path/to/gfxtheme"

# Uncomment to get a beep at GRUB start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

#GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT="true"

Here is my graphics card:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller

From what I know I use open source drivers here is what is installed:
$ sudo pacman -Qs xf86-video

local/xf86-video-apm 1.2.5-3
    X.org Alliance ProMotion video driver
local/xf86-video-ark 0.7.5-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org ark video driver
local/xf86-video-ast 0.97.0-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org ASPEED AST Graphics video driver
local/xf86-video-ati 1:7.1.0-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org ati video driver
local/xf86-video-chips 1.2.5-3
    X.org Chips and Technologies video driver
local/xf86-video-cirrus 1.5.2-2 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org Cirrus Logic video driver
local/xf86-video-dummy 0.3.6-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org dummy video driver
local/xf86-video-fbdev 0.4.3-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org framebuffer video driver
local/xf86-video-geode 2.11.14-1 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org AMD/Geode LX & NX video driver
local/xf86-video-glint 1.2.8-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org GLINT/Permedia video driver
local/xf86-video-i128 1.3.6-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org Number 9 I128 video driver
local/xf86-video-i740 1.3.4-3
    X.org Intel i740 video driver
local/xf86-video-intel 2.21.4-1 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org Intel i810/i830/i915/945G/G965+ video drivers
local/xf86-video-mach64 6.9.4-2 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org mach64 video driver
local/xf86-video-mga 1.6.2-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org mga video driver
local/xf86-video-neomagic 1.2.7-5 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org neomagic video driver
local/xf86-video-nv 2.1.20-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org nv video driver
local/xf86-video-r128 6.9.1-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org ati Rage128 video driver
local/xf86-video-rendition 4.2.5-3
    X.org Rendition video driver
local/xf86-video-s3 0.6.5-3
    X.org S3 video driver
local/xf86-video-s3virge 1.10.6-3
    X.org S3 Virge video driver
local/xf86-video-savage 2.3.6-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org savage video driver
local/xf86-video-siliconmotion 1.7.7-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org siliconmotion video driver
local/xf86-video-sis 0.10.7-4 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org SiS video driver
local/xf86-video-sisusb 0.9.6-3
    X.org SiS USB video driver
local/xf86-video-tdfx 1.4.5-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org tdfx video driver
local/xf86-video-trident 1.3.6-4 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org Trident video driver
local/xf86-video-tseng 1.2.5-3
    X.org tseng video driver
local/xf86-video-v4l 0.2.0-12 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org v4l video driver
local/xf86-video-vesa 2.3.2-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org vesa video driver
local/xf86-video-vmware 13.0.0-2 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org vmware video driver
local/xf86-video-voodoo 1.2.5-3 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org 3dfx Voodoo1/Voodoo2 2D video driver

$ sudo pacman -Qs intel

local/intel-dri 9.1-3
    Mesa drivers for Intel
local/intel-tbb 4.1_20130116-1
    High level abstract threading library
local/xf86-video-i740 1.3.4-3
    X.org Intel i740 video driver
local/xf86-video-intel 2.21.4-1 (xorg-drivers xorg)
    X.org Intel i810/i830/i915/945G/G965+ video drivers

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