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Old 21st January 2009, 11:10 AM
sta7mor Offline
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xorg keeps crashing after update [SOLVED]

I installed fedora 10 64 bit on my laptop, and everything seemed to work fine, until I made a major update(522 packages). After rebooting, I cannot login, xorg is continuously restarting, and ctr+f1 does not work. At first I saw an error in xorg log, about no existing /dev/fb0 device. There was no /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, so I created one with X -configure and put it there. Now this error does no appear, but the behaviour is exactly the same. There are also 2,3 warnings in there, but I don't think they are significant, one of them is about acpi failure.
Could someone plz guide me on what to do, as I am new to fedora? Thank you

Last edited by sta7mor; 21st January 2009 at 02:56 PM.
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Old 21st January 2009, 12:43 PM
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Do you see the grub boot timer for the kernels or does it jsut go into the boot up?
Try pressing ESC key as it boot to get there if you do not see it.
If you see it, press the down arrow to turn off the timer.
Press the up arrow to select the first kernel.

Press e key
select the kernel line with the down arrow key
press e to edit that line (a one time temp edit - it will not change it permanently)

Try these things

add to the end
press enter, press b key to boot

If no work
try vga=ask , vga=0x318

if no work,
3 enforcing 0

It will ask to logon at the command line
logon as root
cd /etc/X11
gedit xorg.conf
find the video drv and change it to vesa
try to add a good mode for your screen after the depth 24
save close gedit

cd /boot/grub
gedit grub.conf
fine the time near the default setting - set to 3 or 5 seconds if it says 0
save close gedit

cd /var/log
#look for errors in boot up
tail -n 200 messages
#look for errors in xorg.logs
cat xorg.0.log
Now try to start xorg with gdm
or reboot

The problem is probably a video card / mobo video chip and /or bios that does not like modesetting from the kernel.
And some do not like their drv so use vesa
And some do not like the advanced video features turned on.

So try some searching and you will fine many posts about. it

Do the Math

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Old 21st January 2009, 02:55 PM
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Thank you very much SlowJet. Switching from intel driver to vesa did the trick, and I could login. Although now I am facing a variety of other problems such as applications not running, completery wrong keybord layout and behaviour(I also had to disable AllowEmptyInput in xorg.conf), and who knows what else. This first update really messed up my system. Thnx again
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