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#1 2020-12-11 10:05:08

woof
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New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

Hi, after running lubuntu for the past year or two I want to come back to BL for my daily driver, I have to say lithium is looking fantastic! I installed it the other day and sometimes I'm getting a black screen on boot just before the login screen. There is no blinking cursor just blank, no TTY, however I realised I can blindly type my password/enter, super+t sudo reboot/password/enter and it restarts.

The blank screen happens about 50% of the time, the other times it boots normally. I have a EVGA GTX1070 SC2 and a oddball QNIX 1440p monitor that has DVI as its only input.

All I have tried so far is set the 'nomodeset' parameter in GRUB. I was going to try install the nvidia drivers using:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver

Would this be the best thing to try next?

Last edited by woof (2020-12-12 02:54:34)

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#2 2020-12-11 11:14:26

rbh
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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

woof wrote:

I have a EVGA GTX1070 SC2 and a oddball QNIX 1440p monitor that has DVI as its only input.

I Guess this is your card: EVGA GTX 1070 SC, slightly differently named.

All I have tried so far is set the 'nomodeset' parameter in GRUB. I was going to try install the nvidia drivers using:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver

Would this be the best thing to try next?

Did you not get nvidia-driver installed when installing?

Command "inxi -G", in terminal will tell your card and loaded (hence installed) driver.
Command "dpkg -l | grep nvidia", list all nvidia*-packages.
If you do not have nvidia-detect, you mabe should install and run it.

have you enabled and instaleld kernel/drivers from backports?  You might consider that.

Have you searched / asked in https://forums.evga.com/EVGA-GeForce-GT … -f103.aspx?

You were using Lubuntu on same machine without problems? Were you running 19.04? What kernel version?

Last edited by rbh (2020-12-11 11:15:25)


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#3 2020-12-11 11:50:14

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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]


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#4 2020-12-11 12:20:56

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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]


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#5 2020-12-11 20:15:09

woof
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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

Hi, rbh. Thank you for the reply and links, That is pretty much my card but mine is the 2nd edition.

I checked GRUB and it seemed I hadn't added nomodeset properly, I forgot to updategrub. Now when it boots at the part when It was going blank there is a split second flash of graphic artifacts and the system is booting fine everytime. These graphic artifacts also show at shutdown and I remember them in lubuntu also. I guess the blank screen problem is fixed now.

I think my Lubuntu version was 19.04. I have no idea of kernel version, It had started prompting me to update to 20.10? I had no problems for years I probably added nomodeset back when I installed it. It was developing issues where it was slowing down within the browser and also I was getting the odd freeze and hard reset was the only fix.

I didnt have nvidia detect but I do now. I haven't enabled backports Im not sure If thats necessary for me.

al@al:~$ inxi -G
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] driver: N/A 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nouveau,vesa unloaded: fbdev,modesetting 
           resolution: 2560x1440~N/A 
           OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 7.0 256 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 18.3.6
al@al:~$ dpkg -l | grep nvidia
ii  nvidia-detect                        418.152.00-1                        amd64        NVIDIA GPU detection utility
al@al:~$ nvidia-detect
Detected NVIDIA GPUs:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] [10de:1b81] (rev a1)

Checking card:  NVIDIA Corporation GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] (rev a1)
Your card is supported by the default drivers and legacy driver series 390.
It is recommended to install the
    nvidia-driver

Should I install nvidia driver? it seems like the next step

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#6 2020-12-11 20:32:13

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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

woof wrote:

I checked GRUB and it seemed I hadn't added nomodeset properly, I forgot to updategrub.

Shit happens...

Now [...] I guess the blank screen problem is fixed

Good.

Checking card:  NVIDIA Corporation GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] (rev a1)
Your card is supported by the default drivers and legacy driver series 390.
It is recommended to install the
    nvidia-driver

Should I install nvidia driver? it seems like the next step

I think your card will perform better with nvidia-driver
Your card is supported by version 390. Buster stable has version 418.152.00-1 now. So, you do not need to install driver/kernel from backports.  So go ahed.


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#7 2020-12-11 21:00:50

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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

Btw, after installing nvidia-driver, test if you can omit "nomodeset" as bootparameter.


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#8 2020-12-12 02:54:01

woof
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Re: New install blank screen on boot on occasion [SOLVED]

I have installed nvidia driver now and removed the nomodeset and it seems to boot everytime. Thanks for the help rbh

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