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Actually I saw this bug before. A friend of mine was using a DVI connection with an ATI card - the only way he could see the VTs was if ...
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    Actually I saw this bug before. A friend of mine was using a DVI connection with an ATI card - the only way he could see the VTs was if he booted into a different runlevel. Unfortunately it only seemed to be solved with a newer fglrx driver and we never got to the bottom of it.

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    The ONLY thing the machine responds to when the screen goes blank and black is the ctrl-alt-delete command.....

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    So what you're saying is....."Stick to windows kid!"?!?

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    The only runlevel which bypasses x is 1 and when I boot to 1 it won't let me instyall the driver, so essentially there is no fix for this it would seem.....Oh well so much for Linux......

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    No. I think it worked fine with the VGA cable and with the open source drivers. I think it was a bug in the ATI driver that caused it. Have you tried the latest ATI driver?

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    That would be silly being as its an Nvidia card.....Its a GeForce 8800 DX10 card. The driver its using now is just the VESA driver that comes with X. This is the crux of the whole problem is it's impossible to get to the console in such a way as to install the driver at all!!!

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    So it's a total dead end then is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markjs View Post
    So it's a total dead end then is it?
    No.
    You can simply install the nvidia driver without closing X like this (enable non-free):


    #apt-get install module-assistant build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
    #m-a prepare
    #m-a auto-install nvidia
    #apt-get install nvidia-glx

    Replace "vesa" (or "nv") with "nvidia" in xorg.conf.
    #reboot (or manually probe the driver and restart X)

    That or a zillion other ways... (boot in CLI, kill X, ...)

    Check your Xorg log file for errors as well (or post them if you don't understand them).

    when I boot to 1 it won't let me instyall the driver
    Could you explain what you mean by this?

    As for the black screen with the vesa driver,
    does it help if you boot with acpi=off and/or noapic ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markjs View Post
    ... perhaps it's my ATI 650 TV Wonder card,...
    I'm lost now. You're ATI 650 is an nVidia card? I'm not sure if I'm misunderstanding you, can you list your hardware configuration please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtomrodney View Post
    I'm lost now. You're ATI 650 is an nVidia card? I'm not sure if I'm misunderstanding you, can you list your hardware configuration please?
    That ATI is a TV card
    I think he (wrongly) assumed it doesn't matter what video card you use with the vesa driver.

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