Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby gillles » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:39 am

It is not a laptop but a desktop
TrueOs boots

I am trying to boot on Ghostbsd using a dvd or an usbstick.
After booting when Ghost launch x11 the desktop screnn got to sleep because no signal received.

If I choose single user => no problem I can login user ghosbsd or root maybe i can configure something to launch X11 ?
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen


Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby ASX » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:48 am

gillles wrote:If I choose single user => no problem I can login user ghosbsd or root maybe i can configure something to launch X11 ?


no! single user enter a root shell, and because of your report above I'm now unsure about which state your system is running.
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby gillles » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:04 am

OK, even in your situation you should be able to switch back to a text console, by pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 or CTRL + ALT + F2, unless the system is completely frozen.

CTRL + F1 and CTRL+ F2 doesn't work when blank screen is here

single user => If i type startx => plouf ..... blank screen

If I change the graphic card do you thing that it 'll work (ati radeon hd 2400 pro is the graphic card recommanded by Dell)
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby ASX » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:12 am

gillles wrote:OK, even in your situation you should be able to switch back to a text console, by pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 or CTRL + ALT + F2, unless the system is completely frozen.

CTRL + F1 and CTRL+ F2 doesn't work when blank screen is here

single user => If i type startx => plouf ..... blank screen

That should mean the whole system hangs.

If I change the graphic card do you thing that it 'll work (ati radeon hd 2400 pro is the graphic card recommanded by Dell)


Yes, it should work, but your intel should have worked too.
https://wiki.freebsd.org/Graphics
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby gillles » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:38 pm

this evening I try this, I don't even know if it was a good idea ...
boot on single user
at prompt
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nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig

I add or midify
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Section monitor  Modeline "1440x900"  136.49  1440 1536 1688 1936  900 901 904 940  -HSync +Vsyn
Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Device0"
   Driver      "intel"
   BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
   Option      "AccelMethod" "sna"
   Option      "DRI"    "true"
Section "Screen"
   Identifier "Screen0"
   Device     "Card0"
   Monitor    "Monitor0"
   SubSection "Display"
          Depth 16
               Modes    "1440x900"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
          Depth 24
          Modes   "1440x900"
   EndSubSection

CTRL X Yes

and
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Startx
... sniff sniff doesn't work blank screen

Tomorrow last change I will try a GhostBSD 32 bits version .... maybe I'll be more lucky

If that does not work it's to bad ... I'm just a litle bit disappointed.
Anyway it is real good idea to make BDS more friendly :D because I do not really want to spend 2 hours to install a pure FreeBSD ... too boring

I keep Ghost in vmware and I thank you very for your help.
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby kraileth » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:04 am

You can always try to let X11 autoconfigure itself. I also needed to do this as GhostBSD wouldn't boot into graphical mode for me. At the command line type:

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Xorg -configure


This will try to autoconfigure X11 and put the resulting config into a file that you can then copy over /etc/X11/xorg.conf. If that doesn't make your screen go black it would be interesting to see what the contents of the new xorg.conf is.
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby gillles » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:29 am

kraileth wrote:You can always try to let X11 autoconfigure itself. I also needed to do this as GhostBSD wouldn't boot into graphical mode for me. At the command line type:

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Xorg -configure


This will try to autoconfigure X11 and put the resulting config into a file that you can then copy over /etc/X11/xorg.conf. If that doesn't make your screen go black it would be interesting to see what the contents of the new xorg.conf is.


... the command Xorg -configure => do something and then blank screen the screen stay on but everything is brozen CTRL +F1 ....
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby kraileth » Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:45 pm

gillles wrote:
... the command Xorg -configure => do something and then blank screen the screen stay on but everything is brozen CTRL +F1 ....


That is very unfortunate... I really wonder what's happening here. If it weren't for TrueOS being able to start X11 without freezing the system, I'd be tempted to guess that the hardware is broken... But in this case? The dmesg might still be interesting to see but in general I'm running out of ideas what this could be.
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby ericbsd » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:57 pm

I did read this and tey to reply to it but I did have to much going on. I started to work on a new solution for starting X configuring X basically base on TrueOS. PCBSD/TrueOS always had a better support of booting in X from Live system. I did have a build to test and if it work I will release 11 prealpha3 with that change.

Not only this will fix more rhen on problem and also give user to shell if X does not work. I will try to be quick but time is lacking on mi side.

I will post the release here that people can try it and help debugging it.
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Re: Install on dell optiplex 755 blank screen

Postby gillles » Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:36 pm

ok just for information i386 doesn't work better.

Just for fun i install TrueOs on this pc, it is very very easy ... next ... next ... yes ... restart ....everything work out of from the box even the wifi !!

But it's for me a big disappointment TrueOS is terribly slow, lagging every where you can not even watch a video with VLC ... if I compare on the same PC with eg Majanro x64 KDE this is night and day nightmare and dream.

Anyway i gonna dl a new linux iso for waiting a new release of Ghost.

Let me know when you the release will be free for testing I will be happy to try it ... and very happy if i can run live DVD and install Ghost on this PC
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