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mceuser01

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Nothing happens after installation...
« on: January 18, 2008, 04:46:30 pm »
Hi all,

I've just installed Kubuntu 7.10 and LinuxMCE (beta 3 I believe) from the CD's. But when I boot my PC into MCE, nothing happens after the Kubuntu logo disappears. Only a blinking cursor (no harddisk activity etc.). The key combination ctrl + alt + F1 (F2, etc.) does nothing.

I can however reboot w/ ctrl alt delete. Any suggestions? :)

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008, 05:46:41 pm »
It may be trying to run the avwizard.

What connector is your TV or Monitor using.  VGA, DVI
If it is DVI press one
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http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3758.msg21178#msg21178
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008, 06:02:26 pm »
It may be trying to run the avwizard.

What connector is your TV or Monitor using.  VGA, DVI
If it is DVI press one
For more info check.


http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3758.msg21178#msg21178
Thank you for the superfst reply! :)

I'll reboot to LinuxMCE and press "5" because my TV is connected via S-VHS and my monitor is connected via VGA.

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2008, 06:08:14 pm »
Not sure if you can both those connected  at the same time. (both analog)
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008, 06:15:34 pm »
Not sure if you can both those connected  at the same time. (both analog)
Maybe that's the problem. I just tried to boot into MCE agian, but nothing but that blinking cursor again. However, I use the TV-out and my monitor at the same time now as we "speak" (Suse 10.3 and nvtv for TV-out).

I'll reboot again, with the s-video disconnected. Wish me luck..... :)

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008, 06:27:54 pm »
With the s-video cable disconnected no reaction either. Maybe I have to wait a very, very long time for MCE to initialize?

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2008, 06:31:19 pm »
What video card are you using.
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2008, 06:41:35 pm »
What video card are you using.
It's a NVidia GeForce 2MX (, yes I know, very very very old...) that works perfectly w/ the latast Nvidia driver (nvidia calls my card/driver a "legacy" version). TV-out works great w/ s-video.

I found the following error message in /var/log/messages:
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Jan 18 18:33:00 dcerouter kernel: [  158.332810] RPC: failed to contact local rpcbind server (errno 5).
Jan 18 18:33:00 dcerouter exiting on signal 15

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2008, 06:56:13 pm »
Maybe it's a video driver problem... MCE asked me if it should install the latest 3D Nvidia driver. I answered "yes". Maybe it didn't install the legacy version of the Nvidia driver....

Maybe I'll reinstall Kubuntu and try to install the 3D driver that I know works. That driver compiles its own kernelmodule for the Nvidia Geforce card. I need the kernel source for that. I hope Kubuntu ships w/ the kernel source/headers.....

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2008, 07:27:49 pm »
You may want to look at: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers for some hints on drivers.
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2008, 07:29:37 pm »
You may want to try installing envy as outlined in mypost
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3368.msg17194#msg17194
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2008, 07:51:59 pm »
Thank you both for the advice and links! I recon that I can use Envy (to install the proper Nvidia driver) with the Kubuntu 7.10 CD (not the DVD) too?

I'll reinstall Kubuntu now.

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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2008, 07:53:56 pm »
If you elect to use envy just follow the envy portion of the 123 guide.
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2008, 10:44:45 pm »
Maybe it's a video driver problem... MCE asked me if it should install the latest 3D Nvidia driver. I answered "yes". Maybe it didn't install the legacy version of the Nvidia driver....

Similar thing happened here, if I try to startx manually, I see:
Code: newbielink:javascript:void(0); [nonactive]
Error: API mismatch: the NVIDIA kernel module has the version 1.0-7185, but
this X module has the version 1.0-9639.  Please make sure that the kernel
module and all NVIDIA components have the same version.

The old system I'm trying to put this on is an Nvidia Vanta...
If you haven't tried to use Adept to upgrade the nvidia driver, you can probably get X working again by logging in and overwriting the configuration file...
Code: newbielink:javascript:void(0); [nonactive]
cd /etc/X11
cp xorg.conf.pbackup xorg.conf

If you have made the mistake of fooling around with the video drivers (like I did), this will get X working again:
Code: newbielink:javascript:void(0); [nonactive]
sudo nvidia-glx-config disable
I tried using Envy, but there is an easier way (in my case, anyway)...

Upon a fresh install of Kubuntu, you might notice a small message from down by the clock that says you don't have proprietary drivers installed (or similar).  If you click the program's icon in the tray by the clock (move over them all until the find the one), you can get it to install the proprietary drivers from nvidia... it correctly detected and used the legacy drivers on the system I was using, although X would only come up in 800x600 instead of higher resolutions.  I suspect that's not hard to fix, in any case, with the drivers in place, LinuxMCE no longer asks to install the video drivers, upon install... so it's installing (rather slowly) now...
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Re: Nothing happens after installation...
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2008, 03:05:54 pm »
Well, I've got it (sort of) working now.

I've no s/pdif and no overscan on my TV (i.e. black borders). The s/pdif is probably a settings/alsa problem which I may address at some point in the future. My audio card works just fine in Suse 10.3 w/ s/pdif Dolby Digital coax etc., etc.

But the overscan problem.... I had that too in the beginning w/ Suse 10.3 and Compiz (i.e. xgl). Turns out the tv-out support by Nvidia itself (still) sucks big time (no overscan!). I still have to use the old brilliant freeware 'nvtv' utility to get proper TV out. However, ye'ol nvtv gives a segmentation fault error w/ the latest Nvidia driver. And the old Nvidia driver does not work anymore w/ Suse10.3/Xorg7.2. So on my "other" mediacenter partition (i.e. Suse10.3) I have to reboot and set Suse to use the open source NV driver. Then TV out works perfectly.

So to make a long story short: does Kubuntu/Linux work w/ old Nvidia or the NV driver? And if so, does anybody know if it is possible to set LinuxMCE to use 'nvtv' for TV out? That way LinuxMCE will fill my entire TV screen.

Thanks all :)
« Last Edit: January 19, 2008, 04:32:15 pm by mceuser01 »