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    Default Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Hi,

    The last round of updates available for opensuse 11.3 included the version 2.6.34.4-0.1 of the kernel. Being a good boy, I have accepted those updates. Since then, both Desktop and Failsafe boot processes ended up on a black screen.

    This problem is reproducible after complete reinstall of opensuse 11.3 from the liveDVD and selection of the kernel as the only package to be updated.

    Do I have any other options than reinstalling the system again and refusing the kernel update? How could I know in the future whether a kernel update will crash my system or not?

    Thanks for your feedback.

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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Tell us about your graphics card...

    Can you boot to level 3 and login - Like this: Boot to Level 3, then Yast and More....
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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Confirmed here. A black screen when X starts. I can log in using ssh. The Xorg process is completely dead, and will not go away even with kill -9. Ctrl-Alt-F1 will not switch to a text terminal, so you are completely stuck unless you have another machine to log in from.

    I have downgraded to 2.6.34-12 (using Yast2 over ssh -Y) and my system is now working again. (Note you have to edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config to get X forwarding to work on 11.3. - make sure the line AddressFamily inet appears.)

    Exactly the same result happens using the nvidia and nv drivers, even when the nvidia.ko kernel driver is not loaded.

    titus:~ # lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
    00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 02)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 92)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801IR (ICH9R) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G98 [GeForce 8400 GS] (rev a1)
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)

    Alistair

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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Tell us about your graphics card...

    Can you boot to level 3 and login - Like this: Boot to Level 3, then Yast and More....
    My graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 4670.

    Yes I can boot to level 3.

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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Same problem here after this kernel update.... black screen. Graphics card is Nvidia 8600 GT.
    I can also boot into runlevel 3 and I can also ssh -X to this machine but that's it! Not very practical.

    Will revert to the previous kernel because I just have to work!
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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    I am relatively new to Linux and don't really know how to revert to a previous kernel. Would you mind explain to me how to do it through level 3 boot and yast?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Blank screen on boot after kernel update

    Quote Originally Posted by pomchip View Post
    I am relatively new to Linux and don't really know how to revert to a previous kernel. Would you mind explain to me how to do it through level 3 boot and yast?

    Thanks
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    Well, as far as I could tell, the version 2.6.34.4 is the only version available to me from yast...

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    Thanks caf,

    I have tried to use software management to change my kernel but had 2 problems:
    1 - I don't see the same versions as your system seems to see
    2 - when I tried to switch to 2.6.34-13.3 (the only other version available to me) from repo-oss, yast seemed to be unable to install the package after downloading it and I could nbt abort the installation...

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