No display | nVidia / AMD-nForce, BT4-usb
Hi guys, I'm hoping that somebody can point me in the right direction.
I've been working this problem for several days; I want to say first off that I've found the forums to be a generous and invaluable resource while trying to figure this out.
That being said...
I'm running the following system: AMD64(dual) / nForce-based MB (ASUS SLI w/ an older nVidia 6800 card). I'm tri-booting Vista Ultimate, Windows 7, and BT4 (running BT4-beta on an old 10GB laptop drive in a USB enclosure - 1GB win32 partition, the rest is ext2 - typical unetboot install with persistence).
Everything boots fine using BCD/lilo.
The current situation:
Black screen after 'startx'. I can hear the M-K audio so I'm assuming the desktop is in fact loading but the display dies.
What I've tried:
I began with all sorts of display issues, most of which are solved at this point (parse errors, no screens, etc).
fixvesa (did not work)
Xorg edits (tried to force modeline; did not work)
downloaded and sh new pkg (NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.51-pkg1.run - install went fine, but did not solve problem)
I'm still pretty much the noob, but think if I can get some quick guidance I can figure out the rest (and yes, I've been through the forums, Google, etc - lots of results, but nothing's worked yet).
Thought I'd answer my own post (having come across multitudes with similar issues while researching a fix - okay, maybe not multitudes, but certainly hordes.
What worked for me, after completing a dual-boot HD install (vista/bt4)...
1) xorg -configure
2) dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
NOTE: Though I never received Screen configure options, only keyboard layout; when I neglected this step... no working video.
NOTE: Write down the bus ID and exact vendor label as listed. For example:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV42 [GeForce 6800 XT] (rev a2)
4) nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
5) There will be 3 generic listings. Edit the Device listing to reflect your configuration. In my case I added the following information:
Identifier: "nVidia Corporation NV42 [GeForce 6800 XT] (rev a2)"
Option: "UseFBDev" "true"
6) Save and exit
I was now be able to startx successfully. At which point I promptly downloaded the nVidia driver package and installed.
7) sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.18.14-pkg1.run (allow the installer to create a new xorg.conf file)
8) nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf Add modes in Screen listing to support your desired display resolution, in my case:
And that's it. Hopefully this may help someone also working through nVidia display issues...