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    Default 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    I just installed 11.4 with KDE on a COMPAQ EVO D510 SFF. The install seemed to go smoothly but after the boot completes I have only a white cursor on a black screen. The cursor moves with the mouse.

    At the boot menu, I can select alternatively "failsafe" and that takes me (after login) to the Linux command line and I don't know how to work that very well.

    Any clues about what I can do to see my desktop would be GREAT! Thanks.

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    Default Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Does it use
    Intel 845G chipset with Intel Extreme integrated graphics

    Or have you added something to the AGP slot?

    That's if my Google came up with the right info?
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    Default Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    georgeinacton wrote:

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    > I just installed 11.4 with KDE on a COMPAQ EVO D510 SFF. The install
    > seemed to go smoothly but after the boot completes I have only a white
    > cursor on a black screen. The cursor moves with the mouse.
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    Can you give some more hardware details (RAM, graphics card, ...), what a
    quick google request found is something like 256-512 MB RAM which will be
    not enough to run KDE in a really usable way and you should consider a light
    desktop environment like LXDE or XFCE and Intel 845G graphics card.

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    Default Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Possibly it uses the 845G. Is this a problem with 11.4?

    Initially I had nothing in the expansion slots but I have added a GeForce 6200 and now I have the desktop out of its VGA port. Trouble is the display blanks for a second every ten seconds or so. Probably I need to figure out how to install the Nvidia driver? Currently I am downloading and installing 178 updates for 11.4.

    Thank you.

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    Default AW: Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    I am not familiar with the 845G but your solution with the nvidia card is for sure not the worst solution. I have read about issues for old intel graphics with new kernel versions, but do not know if this applies for this model.
    When your updates are done, you can add the nvidia repository to the list of your repositories and yast will then automatically select the correct driver for you when you start it or you can choose the 1-click solution (see link below).
    Read this
    SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE

    But can you also give us the info about the amount of your RAM? It can be that you are very unhappy with your desktop choice if you do not have enough.

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    Default Re: AW: Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Thank you. I am doing the updates now.

    I have 512MB RAM. Should I have more?

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    Default AW: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Following the driver selector at nvidia.com the correct driver for your model is the 270.41.19 which corresponds to this 1-click installer
    http://opensuse-community.org/nvidia.ymp

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    Default AW: Re: AW: Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Quote Originally Posted by georgeinacton View Post
    Thank you. I am doing the updates now.

    I have 512MB RAM. Should I have more?
    This can be a real problem, we had several threads here where people tried kde with 512 MB but were not satisfied. It will run of course, no question, but not very performant. You can simply try if you are satisfied, but do not be too disappointed if it is not as good as you expect.
    I know that the current gnome 2.32 runs really well with 512 MB (with compiz=desktop effects disabled) because I installed it on a comparable machine.

    Or you upgrade the RAM to 1GB if that is possible, this will then work well with KDE4. (I know it runs good on a machine with 896MB)

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    Default Re: AW: Re: AW: Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Great martin Thanks! I have never used a one click installer before. I am writing to you on my 11.3 machine so I have written down your link and will try it on the 11.4 machine.

    Upgrading to 1GB RAM is not a problem.

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    Default AW: Re: AW: Re: AW: Re: 11.4 new install, only get cursor on black screen

    Quote Originally Posted by georgeinacton View Post
    I have never used a one click installer before. <snip>
    Upgrading to 1GB RAM is not a problem.
    Great 1GB will save you some headache.
    The 1-click installer is not black magick, it is just a convenient way to save you some manual work. It adds the repository you need and starts installation of the packages. In effect it does the same what you do otherwise yourself by adding a repository and selecting the packages by hand.
    You can inspect the ymp file (it is just plain text) if you are interested to understand what it does.

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