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#1 2013-02-03 11:27:12

s3my0n
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[SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

I have a peculiar problem. I've got an Acer Aspire One D270-26Dkk netbook. I've installed latest Arch Linux (Linux 3.7.5-1 32 bit) on it with Xorg and i3wm. I followed the Aspire One Arch Wiki instructions and installed the xf86-video-intel and xf86-input-synaptics packages.

After I startx everything works fine inside until, I try to switch to any other tty, then I get a black screen and I would have to reboot because switching to any tty will have the same black screen. Also if I close the netbook lid and open it again after starting X I will also have the same black screen. If there happens to be some text outputted to those black screens it will appear as green blobs.

I have no xorg.conf file, and if I try to generate one with Xorg -configure it'll tell me "number of created screens does not match number of detected devices".

I have systemd with grub2, and I also installed apcid and pm-utils.

lsmod shows me that I use gma500_gfx if that helps.

Module                  Size  Used by
uvcvideo               63774  0 
videobuf2_vmalloc       2217  1 uvcvideo
videobuf2_memops        2103  1 videobuf2_vmalloc
videobuf2_core         20913  1 uvcvideo
arc4                    1604  2 
videodev               81821  2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
gma500_gfx            158132  1 
brcmsmac              484942  0 
drm_kms_helper         29071  1 gma500_gfx
cordic                   845  1 brcmsmac
media                   8578  2 uvcvideo,videodev
brcmutil                2477  1 brcmsmac
drm                   181744  2 drm_kms_helper,gma500_gfx
mac80211              372648  1 brcmsmac
snd_hda_codec_realtek    52725  1 
agpgart                21936  1 drm
iTCO_wdt                4316  0 
snd_hda_codec_hdmi     24753  1 
joydev                  7532  0 
snd_hda_intel          23416  0 
cfg80211              155615  2 brcmsmac,mac80211
acpi_cpufreq            9359  1 
snd_hda_codec          86035  3 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep               4843  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm                63698  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
snd_page_alloc          6039  2 snd_pcm,snd_hda_intel
snd_timer              14903  1 snd_pcm
snd                    45066  7 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_pcm,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
iTCO_vendor_support     1546  1 iTCO_wdt
mperf                   1024  1 acpi_cpufreq
acer_wmi               20705  0 
sparse_keymap           2533  1 acer_wmi
soundcore               4379  1 snd
rts_pstor             312698  0 
psmouse                76851  0 
pcspkr                  1456  0 
serio_raw               4066  0 
bcma                   24712  1 brcmsmac
i2c_algo_bit            4584  1 gma500_gfx
rfkill                 12849  3 cfg80211,acer_wmi
evdev                   7657  23 
lpc_ich                 9886  0 
thermal                 6886  0 
video                   9932  2 acer_wmi,gma500_gfx
battery                 5691  0 
processor              24552  5 acpi_cpufreq
button                  3718  0 
ac                      1893  0 
coretemp                5183  0 
r8169                  48984  0 
i2c_i801               10417  0 
i2c_core               19184  6 drm,i2c_i801,drm_kms_helper,i2c_algo_bit,gma500_gfx,videodev
mii                     3440  1 r8169
microcode              11030  0 
wmi                     7196  1 acer_wmi
ext4                  409085  1 
crc16                   1092  1 ext4
jbd2                   66480  1 ext4
mbcache                 4387  1 ext4
sd_mod                 28499  3 
ahci                   18693  2 
uhci_hcd               21409  0 
libahci                17591  1 ahci
libata                147808  2 ahci,libahci
ehci_hcd               46061  0 
scsi_mod              110426  3 libata,rts_pstor,sd_mod
usbcore               148406  3 uhci_hcd,uvcvideo,ehci_hcd
usb_common               623  1 usbcore

lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D2xxx/N2xxx DRAM Controller (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D2xxx/N2xxx Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)

Thanks for any help you can provide to me smile

Last edited by s3my0n (2013-02-16 07:50:14)

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#2 2013-02-03 13:05:05

olive
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

I have heard of a lot of problems like this with the 3.7 kernel. Do you still have problems if you downgrade to the 3.6 kernel (see downdrade from the AUR to help you) or if you use the lts kernel?

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#3 2013-02-03 13:58:33

s3my0n
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Thanks for replying.

I downgraded from 3.7 to 3.6 and had same problems. As for linux-lts I could now change tty's without black screen appearing, but when I close the lid and open it again the computer powers on but the screen is turned off completely.

I also tried to install kernel-netbook kernel but when it boots up it says: "loading initial ramdisk" and gets  stuck there.

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#4 2013-02-03 14:05:59

olive
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

s3my0n wrote:

Thanks for replying.

I downgraded from 3.7 to 3.6 and had same problems. As for linux-lts I could now change tty's without black screen appearing, but when I close the lid and open it again the computer powers on but the screen is turned off completely.

I also tried to install kernel-netbook kernel but when it boots up it says: "loading initial ramdisk" and gets  stuck there.

From where did you get the kernel-netbook? Have you correctly rebuilt the initrd for such kernel? By the way I doubt it will fix the problem. Netbooks are just ordinary computers and should not have such problems. This seems to be a kernel bug. As a workaround, you can disable the sleep mode when you close the lid by:
HandleLidSwitch=ignore
(or put something else like hibernate or poweroff). Another thin you can try if you have the patience is to try the latest RC 3.8 kernel from kernel.org. Maybe this has been fixed?

Last edited by olive (2013-02-03 14:07:44)

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#5 2013-02-03 14:25:00

s3my0n
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Well, I think I'll wait for the next arch kernel update. Meanwhile I'll disable suspend on lid close. Do you know how often arch updates its kernel?

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#6 2013-02-04 00:13:45

skunktrader
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

s3my0n wrote:

Do you know how often arch updates its kernel?

$ grep "upgraded linux " /var/log/pacman.log
[2011-10-05 20:33] upgraded linux (3.0.4-1 -> 3.0.6-1)
[2011-10-08 08:47] upgraded linux (3.0.6-1 -> 3.0.6-2)
[2011-10-21 08:35] upgraded linux (3.0.6-2 -> 3.0.7-1)
[2011-11-09 09:44] upgraded linux (3.0.7-1 -> 3.1-4)
[2011-11-15 20:33] upgraded linux (3.1-4 -> 3.1.1-1)
[2011-11-25 09:07] upgraded linux (3.1.1-1 -> 3.1.2-1)
[2011-11-29 20:05] upgraded linux (3.1.2-1 -> 3.1.3-1)
[2011-12-01 20:46] upgraded linux (3.1.3-1 -> 3.1.4-1)
[2011-12-13 17:53] upgraded linux (3.1.4-1 -> 3.1.5-1)
[2012-01-01 10:03] upgraded linux (3.1.5-1 -> 3.1.6-1)
[2012-01-06 15:06] upgraded linux (3.1.6-1 -> 3.1.7-1)
[2012-01-08 21:47] upgraded linux (3.1.7-1 -> 3.1.8-1)
[2012-01-14 09:13] upgraded linux (3.1.8-1 -> 3.1.9-1)
[2012-01-15 09:05] upgraded linux (3.1.9-1 -> 3.1.9-2)
[2012-01-19 15:20] upgraded linux (3.1.9-2 -> 3.2.1-1)
[2012-01-24 09:20] upgraded linux (3.2.1-1 -> 3.2.1-2)
[2012-01-27 18:50] upgraded linux (3.2.1-2 -> 3.2.2-1)
[2012-02-06 17:45] upgraded linux (3.2.2-1 -> 3.2.4-1)
[2012-02-09 09:07] upgraded linux (3.2.4-1 -> 3.2.5-1)
[2012-02-17 15:46] upgraded linux (3.2.5-1 -> 3.2.6-2)
[2012-02-25 08:33] upgraded linux (3.2.6-2 -> 3.2.7-1)
[2012-03-01 09:38] upgraded linux (3.2.7-1 -> 3.2.8-1)
[2012-03-09 15:04] upgraded linux (3.2.8-1 -> 3.2.9-1)
[2012-03-17 10:19] upgraded linux (3.2.9-1 -> 3.2.11-1)
[2012-03-22 08:27] upgraded linux (3.2.11-1 -> 3.2.12-1)
[2012-03-26 18:33] upgraded linux (3.2.12-1 -> 3.2.13-1)
[2012-04-07 08:38] upgraded linux (3.2.13-1 -> 3.2.14-1)
[2012-04-09 10:33] upgraded linux (3.2.14-1 -> 3.3.1-1)
[2012-04-17 09:22] upgraded linux (3.3.1-1 -> 3.3.2-1)
[2012-04-26 10:14] upgraded linux (3.3.2-1 -> 3.3.3-1)
[2012-05-01 10:24] upgraded linux (3.3.3-1 -> 3.3.4-1)
[2012-05-03 09:52] upgraded linux (3.3.4-1 -> 3.3.4-2)
[2012-05-10 09:17] upgraded linux (3.3.4-2 -> 3.3.5-1)
[2012-05-15 10:36] upgraded linux (3.3.5-1 -> 3.3.6-1)
[2012-05-24 10:51] upgraded linux (3.3.6-1 -> 3.3.7-1)
[2012-06-09 15:04] upgraded linux (3.3.7-1 -> 3.3.8-1)
[2012-06-16 09:42] upgraded linux (3.3.8-1 -> 3.4.2-2)
[2012-06-20 14:17] upgraded linux (3.4.2-2 -> 3.4.3-1)
[2012-06-24 19:35] upgraded linux (3.4.3-1 -> 3.4.4-1)
[2012-06-26 09:07] upgraded linux (3.4.4-1 -> 3.4.4-2)
[2012-07-15 13:17] upgraded linux (3.4.4-2 -> 3.4.4-3)
[2012-07-19 09:42] upgraded linux (3.4.4-3 -> 3.4.5-1)
[2012-07-22 10:56] upgraded linux (3.4.5-1 -> 3.4.6-1)
[2012-07-31 10:26] upgraded linux (3.4.6-1 -> 3.4.7-1)
[2012-08-12 09:46] upgraded linux (3.4.7-1 -> 3.4.8-1)
[2012-08-17 09:13] upgraded linux (3.4.8-1 -> 3.4.9-1)
[2012-08-29 09:31] upgraded linux (3.4.9-1 -> 3.5.3-1)
[2012-09-19 10:22] upgraded linux (3.5.3-1 -> 3.5.4-1)
[2012-10-07 09:59] upgraded linux (3.5.4-1 -> 3.5.5-1)
[2012-10-10 09:46] upgraded linux (3.5.5-1 -> 3.5.6-1)
[2012-10-16 10:36] upgraded linux (3.5.6-1 -> 3.6.2-1)
[2012-10-25 10:12] upgraded linux (3.6.2-1 -> 3.6.3-1)
[2012-11-01 10:53] upgraded linux (3.6.3-1 -> 3.6.4-1)
[2012-11-03 09:04] upgraded linux (3.6.4-1 -> 3.6.5-1)
[2012-11-07 09:19] upgraded linux (3.6.5-1 -> 3.6.6-1)
[2012-11-24 10:20] upgraded linux (3.6.6-1 -> 3.6.7-1)
[2012-11-30 09:34] upgraded linux (3.6.7-1 -> 3.6.8-1)
[2012-12-06 11:15] upgraded linux (3.6.8-1 -> 3.6.9-1)
[2012-12-15 09:10] upgraded linux (3.6.9-1 -> 3.6.10-1)
[2013-01-04 10:51] upgraded linux (3.6.10-1 -> 3.6.11-1)
[2013-01-22 10:08] upgraded linux (3.6.11-1 -> 3.7.3-1)
[2013-01-24 10:21] upgraded linux (3.7.3-1 -> 3.7.4-1)
[2013-01-31 11:57] upgraded linux (3.7.4-1 -> 3.7.5-1)

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#7 2013-02-04 08:15:49

olive
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

s3my0n wrote:

Well, I think I'll wait for the next arch kernel update. Meanwhile I'll disable suspend on lid close. Do you know how often arch updates its kernel?

It updates it as soon as it is officially available. Sometimes the new kernel is put quarantine in /testing for a few weeks.

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#8 2013-02-10 11:27:14

s3my0n
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Upgraded to kernel 3.7.6-1-ARCH today. The problem still persists. sad

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#9 2013-02-14 16:26:33

s3my0n
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Upgraded to kernel 3.7.7-1-ARCH today. Also updated xf86-video-intel. The problem still persists. sad

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#10 2013-02-14 18:58:34

theblazehen
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

hi I have the same netbook. The driver it is using is xf86-video-vesa as it is a PowerVR video chip and not an intel one.
To get it to work install xf86-video-fbdev.

There are drivers available to get hardware acceleration but intel has removed the download for the files a certain pkgbuild relies on. If you have an ftp server I can upload the pkg.tar.xz files for you however I forgot how to compile everything.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel_GMA3600

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=144445 (user contributed pkgbuilds later)

Last edited by theblazehen (2013-02-14 18:59:41)

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#11 2013-02-16 07:49:10

s3my0n
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Thanks very much theblazehen big_smile
Installing xf86-video-fbdev did the trick smile
I can play HD videos without hardware acceleration, but it does hang sometime.
It would be great if you can archive the packages and upload it to some filesharing service like qfpost.com .

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#12 2013-02-16 09:20:53

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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

sure thing. by the way rhe drivers wont work on most games and gnome-shell. will update pist later

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#13 2013-02-21 07:32:52

theblazehen
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Re: [SOLVED] Black screen when switching from X (suspend, tty switch, etc)

Hi sorry for the wait but i've been quite busy.  http://www.qfpost.com/file/d?g=HZ6d9N791

Download this and extract with tar -xzvf files.tar.bz2.
cd arch.
Then install with sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz

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