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Re: [SLE] SuSE 9.2 - No X
  • From: "Carl E. Hartung" <suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 13:04:03 -0500
  • Message-id: <200503201304.03975.suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sunday 20 March 2005 01:47 am, Colin Fraser wrote:

Hi Colin,

> I've tried sax2 -l but this always results in the same blank screen when
> I fire it up.

I don't understand what you mean here... sorry. Are you saying you're getting the "black screen of death" when:

a) you actually try to invoke SaX2 in VGA mode using "sax2 -l" or...

b) you've tested and saved your configuration and then tried to start X?

This is an important distinction.

> Also tried Yast. This reports the card properly with a VESA monitor, but
> when I reprobe the monitor is identified correctly, However selecting
> this results in the same blank screen, as does selecting 'Change' to try
> with lower settings.

I've seen mistakes in the hardware configuration database before, where the reported monitor bandwidth capabilities don't actually match what the monitor supports. In these cases, your only option is to set the monitor up manually by going into "expert" mode and defining the ranges yourself.

> I've checked .X.err and the X logs in /var/messages but, apart from
> loads of missing fonts these show no errors that I can see, they again
> report the card and monitor correctly.

Of course. They're not getting any feedback from the monitor telling them that the graphics subsystem is sending signals that are out of range.

> So, where do I go there - do I need to install and Nvidia driver first,
> or are they only needed for 3-D?

AFAIK, they're like all the others in this regard: they should support basic 'plain vanilla' VESA-compliant VGA mode straight out of the box.

HTH & good luck!

- Carl

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