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    Default suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    I recently upgraded to suse11.4 and everything worked fine for a few months. Suddenly after logging in (GUI - LXDE desktop) the background screen is all what I can see and no menus, not even right click opens anything. Same in KDE desktop. All I can do is throw myself out with Ctrl Alt and F1. startx returns that the server is already running. All I can do is using (as root) "rm -rf /tmp/X0-lock" and then "startx -- :1". That opens the GUI but only as root. What can I do that I can log in normally again?
    By the way I tried to reinstall but I only get to loading drivers and then everything stops. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Uli

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    Have you checked to make sure your hard drive has no bad sectors?

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    On 04/23/2011 06:06 AM, fuerstu wrote:
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    > That opens the GUI but only as root.


    please don't run the GUI as root..

    > What can I do that I can log in normally again?


    from the command line, can you log in as yourself?

    > By the way I tried to reinstall but I only get to loading drivers and
    > then everything stops.


    is your drive full? corrupted?

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    Thanks for your reply.
    You are right - I don't want to open the GUI as root but this is the only way I can. Yes I can log in from commandline, either booting in runlevel 3 or after the computer hangs throwing it out with ctrl alt and f1.
    The drive is not full - possibly corrupted. I tried to get into the live CD but this does not start the GUI either. As root I did an online update including an update of the video driver (ATI Radeon - is in the repositories) but no change there. Trying to click repair on the install DVD but this hangs on loading the driver as well. THis on both 11.3 and 11.4 DVDs from which I installed previously. So I don't think it is the DVD.
    Cheers
    Uli

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    In the meantime the 53 minutes of the GSmartControl extended test is over and it states the test of the disk is completed without errors. So thanks, gogalthorp, but it does not look as if the harddrive has bad sectors - at least from the above test.

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    What command did you run to see if the root partition was not full?

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    On 04/24/2011 02:06 AM, fuerstu wrote:
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    > The drive is not full - possibly corrupted.


    please show us the output of entering the following into a terminal

    Code:
    df -h
    and copy/paste the output back to this thread using the instructions
    here: http://goo.gl/i3wnr


    > As root I did an online
    > update including an update of the video driver


    i hope you don't mean you logged into LXDE as root, and did that..

    running as root because that is the 'only way' is just an avenue to more
    problems..

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    Thanks, Denver
    here is the output of df -h
    uli@ulinux:~> df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    rootfs 46G 4.6G 39G 11% /
    devtmpfs 239M 232K 239M 1% /dev
    tmpfs 246M 4.0K 246M 1% /dev/shm
    /dev/sda1 46G 4.6G 39G 11% /
    /dev/sda3 8.9G 549M 7.9G 7% /home
    10.10.10.2:/mnt/md1/ulimnt
    917G 89G 782G 11% /home/uli/ulimnt
    And as I said before I looged as root into LXDE and did an online update then logged out and rebooted. I normally don't do this but from commandline the startx -- :1 only worked as root and I was surprised to be in the GUI as I did not manage to get there before. Quickly did the update and rebooted. Of course I could have done the update from commandline but this took only a few minutes...
    THe other strange thing - today I started this laptop and it booted straight into the GUI as if nothing happened. I don't know what was going on. This is from Xorg.0.log:
    [ 25.297] (II) LoadModule: "fglrx"
    [ 25.318] (WW) Warning, couldn't open module fglrx
    [ 25.318] (II) UnloadModule: "fglrx"
    [ 25.318] (EE) Failed to load module "fglrx" (module does not exist, 0)
    [ 25.318] (II) LoadModule: "radeonhd"
    [ 25.320] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/radeonhd_drv.so
    [ 25.585] (II) Module radeonhd: vendor="AMD GPG"
    [ 25.586] compiled for 1.9.3, module version = 1.3.0
    [ 25.586] Module class: X.Org Video Driver
    [ 25.586] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 8.0
    [ 25.586] (II) LoadModule: "ati"
    So could it be that previously the computer tried to use the fglrx module for some reason and not the radeon??? Unfortunately I don't understand most of the logs text....
    Cheers
    Uli

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    Default Re: suse 11.4 screen display not working any more???

    On 04/25/2011 01:06 AM, fuerstu wrote:
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    > THe other strange thing - today I started this laptop and it booted
    > straight into the GUI as if nothing happened. I don't know what was
    > going on.


    glad you got it working, cause i didn't have a good clue where to begin.

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