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    Default Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    Hi,
    first of all, i want to say, that the Backtrack5 Version is great! Very good look and feel!

    Now for my Problem: I installed Backtrack 5 - 32Bit - Gnome from my USB Stick to the Harddrive of my Laptop. After the installation (without any problems) i wanted to start the fresh installed BT. The System boots up, but after i logged in and typed in "startx", thats the end! Nothing happens anymore, i just see a black screen!

    Does anybody have an idea what could be the problem.

    The Laptop is an old Acer Aspire with a ATI X700 GPU.

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

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    Default Re: Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    I had the same problem after install in the Gnome 64 version. fixed itself after installing proprietary ATI driver.

    What I did:

    Code:
    wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run
    sh ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run
    Accept license and use defaults.
    Restart system.

    If you don't want the proprietary driver, maybe this will work:
    Code:
    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

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    Default Re: Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    Leprkhn think you could help me out with a nvidia card? I downloaded the 64bit version of the driver from the official website. Closed X, then the ./run and 1/2 way through it says 'kernel source not found"

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    I am having a similar problem.
    Acer Travelmate 5742
    Intel HD Graphics

    The 64-bit gnome Live DVD booted fine to the X environment.
    I installed it to my hard drive. No errors.
    Rebooted after to the default boot item and it booted up to a console login.
    Login and try to 'startx'
    The screen goes black and nothing happens.
    Trying to press ctrl+alt+FX buttons doesn't switch to text virtual terminals. the system doesn't respond even to pressing the power button to initiate a power off. After a hard power off (hold the power botton) there is nothing in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log (file is 0 bytes).
    Previous posters in this thread recommend installing proprietary drivers but this machine being Intel Graphics I am not able to do that.
    I am thinking since the Live environment worked I will start there to track down a working configuration.

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    Default Re: Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nile13 View Post
    Hi,
    first of all, i want to say, that the Backtrack5 Version is great! Very good look and feel!

    Now for my Problem: I installed Backtrack 5 - 32Bit - Gnome from my USB Stick to the Harddrive of my Laptop. After the installation (without any problems) i wanted to start the fresh installed BT. The System boots up, but after i logged in and typed in "startx", thats the end! Nothing happens anymore, i just see a black screen!

    Does anybody have an idea what could be the problem.

    The Laptop is an old Acer Aspire with a ATI X700 GPU.

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    i installed BT5 64bit KDE , i have same problem with him

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    I have the same issue. My laptop is an Acer 7741z 17' dual core with 6 gigs of ram. The boot from the 32bit cd works fine. I run the install and it also goes just fine. Once I reboot and issue startx the screen goes black and the laptop locks up. I have installed the vanilla ubuntu 10.04.2 and it has no issues what so ever. My video is the intel HD.

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    Hi

    I have the same current problems. I tried to do what is in the link above but unfortunately didn't work!

    BT5
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    Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow - Linus's Law

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    Default Re: Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    same problem here with gforce 310m chipset.

    i might be dual head problems. ill check as soon as im behind laptop

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    Default Re: Black Screen after Hard Disk Install and "startx"

    Hey,

    I got a similar problem. My laptop is the ASUS UL20FT B1. Its config is:

    Intel Core i3-380UM Processor;
    802.11 b/g/n wireless
    12.1" HD LED Display; Intel GMA HD Graphics;


    I didn't have any problem installing the latest Ubuntu 11.04 on it. Thanks in advance.

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