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Guys: Just installed Debian 6.0.3 on a Thinkpad T22. After a power up boot, I get a blank screen. No GDM/KDM, no text screen - just blank. You also can't ...
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    IBM Thinkpad T22 problem


    Guys: Just installed Debian 6.0.3 on a Thinkpad T22. After a power up boot, I get a blank screen. No GDM/KDM, no text screen - just blank.

    You also can't ctrl-alt-backspace, F1, or del out of it. It must be turned off and turned back on, which gets me back to the same problem.

    I know it's something to do with the Xorg settings (I've seen this before on Debian 4 and had a fix then.) but I can't find the fix, and now it seems there's something more off.

    This is the LS -LA listing from /etc/X-11/

    Code:
    total 10
    drwxr-xr-x  4 root root  136 Sep 25 21:20 .
    drwxr-xr-x 90 root root  260 Jan  1 07:08 ..
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root root 1301 May  6  2011 chooser.sh
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root   55 May  7  2011 Sessions
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root root  923 May  6  2011 startDM.sh
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root   88 Apr  6  2011 xinit
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 4027 Sep 25 21:20 xorg.conf.in
    and here is the xorg.conf.in file

    Code:
    #xorg.conf.in template for mkxf86config
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier	"X.Org Configured"
    	Screen	0	"Screen0" 0 0
    	InputDevice	"Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    	InputDevice	"Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    	InputDevice	"Synaptics" "CorePointer"
    #	InputDevice	"PS/2 Mouse" "AlwaysCore"
    #	InputDevice	"Serial Mouse" "AlwaysCore"
    #	InputDevice	"USB Mouse" "AlwaysCore"
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerFlags"
    	Option	"AllowMouseOpenFail" "true"
    	Option	"DontVTSwitch" "false"
    	@@NOPM@@
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/util"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/encodings"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/misc"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/local"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/terminus"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/corefonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/local/share/fonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/default"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/type1"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/arphicfonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/jisx0213"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/shinonome"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/baekmuk-fonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/kacst-fonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/sgi-fonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/unfonts"
    	FontPath	"/usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
    	Load	"ddc"
    	Load	"vbe"
    	Load	"bitmap"
    	Load	"type1"
    	Load	"freetype"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    	Driver      "keyboard"
    	Option      "CoreKeyboard"
    	Option      "XkbRules"  "xorg"
    	Option      "XkbModel"  "pc105"
    	Option      "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier  "Mouse0"
    	Driver      "mouse"
    	Option	    "Protocol" "auto"
    	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    	Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Serial Mouse"
    	Driver	"mouse"
    	Option	"Protocol" "Microsoft"
    	Option	"Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
    	Option	"Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    	Option	"Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    	Option	"SendCoreEvents"  "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"PS/2 Mouse"
    	Driver	"mouse"
    	Option	"Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    	Option	"Device" "/dev/misc/psaux"
    	Option	"Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    	Option	"Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    	Option	"SendCoreEvents"  "true"
    	Option	"ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"USB Mouse"
    	Driver	"mouse"
    	Option	"Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    	Option	"SendCoreEvents" "true"
    	Option	"Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    	Option	"ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    	Option	"Buttons" "5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Synaptics"
    	Driver	"synaptics"
    	Option	"Protocol" "event"
    	Option	"Device" "@@SYNDEV@@"
    	Option	"LeftEdge" "1900"
    	Option	"RightEdge" "5400"
    	Option	"TopEdge" "1900"
    	Option	"BottomEdge" "4000"
    	Option	"FingerLow" "25"
    	Option	"FingerHigh" "30"
    	Option	"MaxTapTime" "180"
    	Option	"MaxTapMove" "220"
    	Option	"VertScrollDelta" "100"
    	Option	"MinSpeed" "0.02"
    	Option	"MaxSpeed" "0.10"
    	Option	"AccelFactor" "0.0010"
    	Option	"SHMConfig" "on"
    EndSection
    
    # Auto-generated by mkxf86config
    @@MONITOR@@
    
    Section "Device"
    	### Available Driver options are:-
    	# sw_cursor is needed for some ati and radeon cards
    	#Option     "sw_cursor"
    	#Option     "hw_cursor"
    	#Option     "NoAccel"
    	#Option     "ShowCache"
    	#Option     "ShadowFB"
    	#Option     "UseFBDev"
    	#Option     "Rotate"
    	Identifier  "Card0"
    	# The following line is auto-generated by x11-misc/mkxf86config
    	Driver      "@@XMODULE@@"
    	VendorName  "All"
    	BoardName   "All"
    #	BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Screen0"
    	Device	"Card0"
    	Monitor	"Monitor0"
    	DefaultColorDepth 16
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	1
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	4
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	8
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	15
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	16
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	24
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Depth	32
    		@@MODES@@
    	EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
    	Mode 0666
    EndSection
    The computer's exact mode is: IBM Thinkpad T22 type: 2647-8eu - It has a savage s3 video card, 512megs memory, 900mhz, P2 processor.

    I've installed Debian 6.0.3 and XFCE 4. Just downloaded a new copy about 2 days ago, and this works fine on the netbook, so it's not a disk problem.

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    This is a "somewhat old" system... Have you tried other distributions that are a bit longer in the tooth? Debian 6.0.3 is the latest in that line, and depending upon the image you installed, may not work well with your hardware. Did you try a live CD/DVD/USB image first? If so, did that work for you?
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    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Adding to what Rubbermen said, you can also look to distros that are more suitable for older hardware.
    MEPIS or antix should work fairly well for you, and both are Debian based.
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    To add to what jay512 said. My IBM a22m runs AntiX 11 i686 real well and uses Debian Testing repositories.
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    Have you tried a Live CD and looked at Xorg logs on the hard drive to see what might be going wrong, if anything...?

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    Also, what Kernel is installed? default is 3.0 i686 kernel, with a P2 I would go with the 2.6 i486 kernel.

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