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    bakhshu NNTP User

    Default Screen Display not working after installing codecs

    I went through the regular installation of OpenSuse 11.1 (Gnome desktop) on a Dell Inspiron 1501. Everything was smooth thankfully, got the wireless up and running, etc.

    Then I found this great article on how to further enrich your desktop:
    The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11.1 (GNOME) - Page 4 | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

    In section 7.1 of this link, there are URLs from where you can download and install additional codecs, etc, and then some root commands to complete the process. BTW, I started at the beginning of this article by doing each step in the order given.

    While the steps described in the article overall were great because of all the tools I was able to add relatively quickly, it caused another problem.

    When I followed through with the codec installation, logged back out and in, my screen went blank. The machine was up and running and I could ping it, but no display at all.

    Tried rebooting, nothing, then rebooted in failsafe mode, still nothing. During boot, the splash screen is there, but as soon as the progress bar completes to go to the login screen, it blanks out.

    So I am looking for tips on what to do short of reimaging the machine from scratch because I have made so many other customizations already.

    I tried booting from the OS dvd and attempting various repair options, but it never mentioned anything about repairing the screen display or any drivers for it.

    It's a shame because without these codecs, I can't really enjoy all the media types on the laptop.

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    Default Re: Screen Display not working after installing codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by bakhshu
    I went through the regular installation of OpenSuse 11.1 (Gnome desktop)
    on a Dell Inspiron 1501. Everything was smooth thankfully, got the
    wireless up and running, etc.

    Then I found this great article on how to further enrich your desktop:
    'The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11.1 (GNOME) - Page 4 | HowtoForge -
    Linux Howtos and Tutorials'
    (http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...-11.1-gnome-p4)

    In section 7.1 of this link, there are URLs from where you can download
    and install additional codecs, etc, and then some root commands to
    complete the process. BTW, I started at the beginning of this article by
    doing each step in the order given.

    While the steps described in the article overall were great because of
    all the tools I was able to add relatively quickly, it caused another
    problem.

    When I followed through with the codec installation, logged back out
    and in, my screen went blank. The machine was up and running and I could
    ping it, but no display at all.

    Tried rebooting, nothing, then rebooted in failsafe mode, still
    nothing. During boot, the splash screen is there, but as soon as the
    progress bar completes to go to the login screen, it blanks out.

    So I am looking for tips on what to do short of reimaging the machine
    from scratch because I have made so many other customizations already.

    I tried booting from the OS dvd and attempting various repair options,
    but it never mentioned anything about repairing the screen display or
    any drivers for it.

    It's a shame because without these codecs, I can't really enjoy all the
    media types on the laptop.
    Hi
    Before you started was your system up to date?

    What happens if you press ctrl+alt+F1 at the blank screen, do you get a
    console login?

    Are you running nvidia or ati drivers?

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    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    up 0:14, 2 users, load average: 0.03, 0.16, 0.15
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    bakhshu NNTP User

    Default Re: Screen Display not working after installing codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Before you started was your system up to date?

    What happens if you press ctrl+alt+F1 at the blank screen, do you get a
    console login?

    Are you running nvidia or ati drivers?

    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    up 0:14, 2 users, load average: 0.03, 0.16, 0.15
    GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18
    Hello Malcolm,

    Thanks for your post. To answer your questions:
    1. The system was upto date - the auto update was up and running and prompted me with available ones, which I installed (all of them).
    2. When I press Ctrl+Alt+F1, I go into console mode
    3. My video driver is indeed ATI - ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5975 (PCIE) to be exact.

    One peculiar thing I noted when I bring up the 'Graphic Card and Monitor' window from Control Center, is that for the monitor/screen type, it was showing a Samsung. Which was odd. So I changed, tested, and confirmed it to be a Dell 1501 (Digital), which was an available option.

    Perhaps now installing the codecs will work? A bit afraid to try that now.

    Any tips/ideas?

    Thanks
    Omar

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    Default Re: Screen Display not working after installing codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by bakhshu
    malcolmlewis;2032497 Wrote:
    > Hi
    > Before you started was your system up to date?
    >
    > What happens if you press ctrl+alt+F1 at the blank screen, do you get
    > a console login?
    >
    > Are you running nvidia or ati drivers?
    >
    > --
    > Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    > SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    > up 0:14, 2 users, load average: 0.03, 0.16, 0.15
    > GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18

    Hello Malcolm,

    Thanks for your post. To answer your questions:
    1. The system was upto date - the auto update was up and running and
    prompted me with available ones, which I installed (all of them).
    2. When I press Ctrl+Alt+F1, I go into console mode
    3. My video driver is indeed ATI - ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5975 (PCIE)
    to be exact.

    One peculiar thing I noted when I bring up the 'Graphic Card and
    Monitor' window from Control Center, is that for the monitor/screen
    type, it was showing a Samsung. Which was odd. So I changed, tested,
    and confirmed it to be a Dell 1501 (Digital), which was an available
    option.

    Perhaps now installing the codecs will work? A bit afraid to try that
    now.

    Any tips/ideas?

    Thanks
    Omar
    Hi
    I would say your kernel got updated along the way, there are threads on
    how to install the ATI driver in the forums (just search )

    In the interim at the console login and then;
    Code:
    sudo -i
    init 3
    sax2 -r -m 0=radeon
    init 5 && exit
    That should get you started in a GUI again until your sort out the
    correct driver. Unfortunately I'm an nvidia/intel user....

    If that radeon doesn't work I think there is radeonhd? Else last resort
    use vesa.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    up 23:48, 3 users, load average: 0.26, 0.34, 0.22
    GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18


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    bakhshu NNTP User

    Default Re: Screen Display not working after installing codecs

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    I would say your kernel got updated along the way, there are threads on
    how to install the ATI driver in the forums (just search )

    In the interim at the console login and then;
    Code:
    sudo -i
    init 3
    sax2 -r -m 0=radeon
    init 5 && exit
    That should get you started in a GUI again until your sort out the
    correct driver. Unfortunately I'm an nvidia/intel user....

    If that radeon doesn't work I think there is radeonhd? Else last resort
    use vesa.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    up 23:48, 3 users, load average: 0.26, 0.34, 0.22
    GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 190.18
    Thanks Malcolm, will give that a try and post back what happens.

    Cheers
    Omar

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