Black page instead of login screen-Fedora2

Paul Howarth paul at
Thu Feb 17 16:03:50 UTC 2005

powderkeg at wrote:
> On Tuesday 15 February 2005 12:00 pm, Paul Howarth wrote:
>>powderkeg at wrote:
>>>Paul, as stated, this happens with any kernel. I guess I'm using whatever
>>>nVidia drivers that Fedora recognized the 1st time I installed/booted.
>>>Why does this happen with only some kernels..? Shouldn't the developers
>>>be looking out for this kind of thing..? Damn annoying.
>>>P.S. I don't think it was just the kernel that was updated, as I did a
>>>yum update. Cheers.
>>OK, so it sounds like you're not using the proprietary nvidia drivers.
>>Can you boot to runlevel 3 without problems (press "e" in the grub menu
>>and append " 3" to end of the line, then press return to boot)?
> Knoppix 3.7 to the rescue, again
>>What do you have in the "Device" section of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf?
> Section "Device"
>  Identifier  "Videocard0"
>  Driver      "nv"
>  VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
>  BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
> EndSection

Nothing proprietary there then. Try booting to runlevel 3 (press "e" at 
the grub prompt and add " 3" to the end of the boot command line, then 
press return to boot). Log in as any user (assuming it gets that far) 
and try:

$ startx >X.out 2>X.err

Then look in X.out and X.err to see if there are any useful diagnostics.

>>P.S. Your computer's clock/timezone appears to be around 14 hours fast.
> I'm in Tokyo, could that be why..? Cheers.

Your email's Date: header says:

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 00:37:05 -0500

Is that the right time and timezone offset for where you are?


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