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Raoul
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:16 am    Post subject: Completely Blank screen in Xfce Reply with quote

Hi All,

I have followed and successfully set up xorg-server and nvidia using the Gentoo guides. I have also followed XFCE guide and am attempting to use Slim. When it autoloads the graphical login manager, I use my uname and pwd after which all I get is a totally blank black screen. No outlines, mouse cursor, borders etc.

I have checked other posts and similar problems have only been around 2003-2004. Recent posts have borders and cursors or something graphical at least.

Can I have some guidance please?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several things can be going wrong here:

1) X windows
2) Window manager
3) XFCE


Break it apart:

1) First, look for obvious problems in /var/log/Xorg.0.log

2) Doesn't use slim -- shutdown the window manager (/etc/init.d/xdm) and run "startx" from a text console.

3) Don't run XFCE. Install twm and xterm to see if X works with a minimal graphical environment.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since You can see Slim, I won't start by testing X. Your driver and Xorg are very probably working well.

Slim can be tricky to configure. Make a try by uninstalling it and try LightDM or gdm (in which you can very easily choose your DM session).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I am not mistaken, slim will start by default whatever session is specified in /etc/env.d/90xsession .
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