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Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:25 pm
by niteman44
When booting to MX17 from the DVD I get a blank screen when going to the desktop. If I hit the F6 and choose xorg=safe it boots OK and I can install the OS. Upon reboot I get the blank screen.
I've tried to edit the command line and enter nomodeset and xorg=safe on the Linux line before the quiet but no help. I tried a <ctrl>+<alt>+F2 at the blank screen and nothing. If I hit the power button the computer seems to go through a normal shutdown.

I am using an AGP Matrox G45+ video card on a K7VAT3 motherboard with 1G of ram.

Any suggestions?? remember I have a blank screen.

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:28 pm
by anticapitalista
This *might* work.

At the grub boot menu, press ESC and on the boot line remove any vga= text. Then press F10 to boot.

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:42 pm
by niteman44
Is that where you hit e to edit commands. If it is I don't remember seeing vga=text at all.

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:57 pm
by anticapitalista
niteman44 wrote:Is that where you hit e to edit commands. If it is I don't remember seeing vga=text at all.
Yes. Is there no vga= ?

If there isn't then my initial thought was wrong.
Do you know if xserver-xorg-video-mga is installed?

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:18 pm
by niteman44
Not that I remember.

How can I check to see if xserver-xorg-video-mga is installed?

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:27 pm
by Jerry3904

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apt policy name-of-package

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:47 pm
by niteman44
I'll check when I get home.
Computer is at home and I'm at work.

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:26 am
by niteman44
No vga=text. Entered 3 in the linux line before quiet and got to the root. When I did a ls there was no files at all. How can I get to a place to run a apt policy to check if the driver is loaded ?

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:53 am
by dolphin_oracle
FYI, you can log into the cli as a regular user, not just root.

if you ran with safe mode on the live, we can duplicate that with

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sudo make-xorg-conf -o /etc/X11/xorg.conf safe
if you are at a root prompt already, you won't need the "sudo" in that statement. Reboot and see if you get a desktop.

Re: Blank Screen after install

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:47 am
by niteman44
When I did log in as root (place a 3 in the linux line and removed quiet) and did an ls I saw no files or directories at all. Am I in a shell and do I have to mount the sda1 drive? I did install Q4OS on the system and ran inxi -F and it stated the video card was an G450. I still want to get MX Linux installed but still have the blank screen except when I do a live USB boot and a safe video (F6). I have installed MX Linux on a lot of different computers and love it as the best distro I have ever tried. This is the first system to ever have a problem. I'll try to get a printout of inxi and lsmod in the Q4OS system to upload tomorrow.

I'll might load VirtualBox in the Q4OS system and install MX Linux in it to see if I have the same problem.