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i've been following a post ( http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ubu...ion-hangs.html ) which exactly describes my problems on an old sony vaio. black screen after ubuntu progress bar on boot-up. i followed proffered advice ...
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    i've been following a post (http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ubu...ion-hangs.html) which exactly describes my problems on an old sony vaio. black screen after ubuntu progress bar on boot-up. i followed proffered advice and reconfigured xserver and xorg with "vesa" choice on card menu. this answer helped the poster but not me.

    specs: intel celeron@596 mhz, 256 mb of ram, 4 gb devoted to ubuntu (dual boot with xp), video card S3 Inc 86C270-294 Savage/IX-MV. i've been trying to fix this thing for weeks and am about to give up.

    please help a 60-something noob.

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    Highlight first Ubuntu title again and press 'e'. Select kernel line and press 'e' again. type single at the end of line and hit Enter key. Press 'b'. Ubuntu will boot up in Single User Mode.

    e -- select kernel line -- e -- type single -- Enter key -- b.
    Doesn't machine drop you at command line prompt on following above steps?
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    thank you for your reply

    i was hoping you would respond. your advice to the other gentleman was clear and concise.

    yes, following your steps drops me at a terminal prompt. i then type "sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" and accept the defaults til i get to the video card section. i have been experimenting with different video card drivers and other settings (running dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg many times). after reducing resolution choice and color depth to the minimum, i was able to see an orange screen and the ubuntu "working" icon for about 1/2 second, then back to the black screen.

    this savage card seems to be a problem for a lot of people, but i'm sure i'm close to a solution.

    i'm awaiting your reply.

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    additional information

    i followed this advice in another person's post:

    "When your computer starts and you're in GRUB (you may have to hit Esc), highlight the kernel you want and press 'e'. Now add nosplash (remove splash if it's present) and, noacpi, nolapic, and noapic."

    this allowed the computer to boot with appropriate sounds. still no screen.

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    Its a graphics card problem only and no need to use noacpi or any other option.
    Execute this
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    sudo lspci | grep VGA
    Post output here.
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    thank you again for your reply

    "01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. 86C270-294 Savage/IX-MV (rev 13)

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    Have you tried 'savage' driver?
    Execute this
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    less /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    * Its Capital X in X11.
    Post Section Device of video driver here.
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    Section "Device"
    Identifier "S3 Inc. 86C270-294 Savage/IX/MV
    Driver "s3"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection

    yes, i tried the savage driver. i've also tried ubuntu 7.04 and xubuntu 7.10. same symptoms in all os's

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    i've also tried vga and all other choices that seemed possible under driver choices under xserver-xorg reconfigure. no help, although i managed to get a "low graphics mode" warning a time or two. all possible inputs into the "configure" and "continue" screens result in a black screen. (original problem)

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    Execute this
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    nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Edit xorg.conf manually
    Code:
    Section "Device"
      Identifier      "S3 Inc. 86C270-294 Savage/IX-MV"
      Driver          "savage"
      BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"
      Option          "UseFBDev"      "false"
      Option          "BusType"       "PCI"
      Option          "DmaMode"       "None"
     EndSection
    Save file and reboot machine.
    Last edited by devils casper; 12-29-2007 at 04:16 PM.
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