Go Back   HowtoForge Forums | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials > Linux Forums > Technical

Do you like HowtoForge? Please consider supporting us by becoming a subscriber.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12th August 2009, 01:04
bakhshu bakhshu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Exclamation Screen Display not working after installing codecs

Is there a way to boot the machine into single user/plain text (no X11) mode? So I can login and uninstall the 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 wonderful article on how to further enrich your desktop:
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.

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.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 18th August 2009, 12:33
matey matey is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 93
Thanks: 13
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Usually you can pres control alt and F1 thru F6 and get into the terminal screen.
then you can log in and do a ps ax to see the processes, kill the proc. number (very first numbers on the left).
you may have to do
ps ax |more
to see all processes.

btw kill the proc related to your GUI.
Also once you get into the terminal screen you can re config with this command;

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
or

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
(or man xorg.conf ) to read the manual

To take the GUI from starting permanently do;

update-rc.d -f gdm remove (or kdm or xdm whichever youre using)

to put it back into startup;

update-rc.d -f gdm default (or kdm or xdm instead of gdm)

good luck!

BTW2 hopefully someone with Linux experience will solve this problem. I am not an expert.

Last edited by matey; 18th August 2009 at 12:48.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to matey For This Useful Post:
bakhshu (28th August 2009)
  #3  
Old 28th August 2009, 04:21
bakhshu bakhshu is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Screen Display not working after installing codecs

Thanks so much for this post, it is really helpful. And it worked beautifully.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 28th August 2009, 12:25
matey matey is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 93
Thanks: 13
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
 
Default

Thanks for the response!
I am sorry that I forgot to mention (just for the record) if you press control + alt and back-space keys you can exit your GUI as well.
The reason I posted this was that I had a similar problem recently and I tried to get into terminal by Alt F1 / F2 etc, but I could not?! Then I used ctrl-alt-back_space and only then it worked!?
Glad the info was useful to you !
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
codecs, display, error, virtualbox

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Login Screen Disappeared after installing ISPConfig in Fedora Core HACKERS PAL Installation/Configuration 3 17th June 2009 10:24
New Site Under ISPConfig Continues to Display Shared IP Screen giganet General 4 30th August 2008 18:41
Not working: Installing Beryl on Feisty Fawn w/ATI Radeon Card thepossiblehuman HOWTO-Related Questions 18 1st October 2007 16:37
Problems with installation on openSUSE 10.2 douglaslopezt Installation/Configuration 3 24th August 2007 22:04
Display screen shifting lazywire Installation/Configuration 3 16th November 2005 12:19


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 20:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.