[Fwd: intel driver: xorg does not give an error, but I do not see anything]

Mike Fleetwood mike.fleetwood at googlemail.com
Fri May 8 12:28:53 PDT 2009

Dirk De Becker wrote:
> ...
> I am running a Gentoo system with X.Org server version 1.5.3 and
> xf86-video-intel version 2.6.3-r1.
> ...
> If I startx, I do not get any errors (anymore), but I do not see anything on
> my screen. I tried connecting a VGA display, a DVI display and even an LVDS
> display.
> ...

Hi Dirk,

Here are some ideas to try.

1) Confirm X server is still running.
[root at rockover ~]# ps -ef | fgrep Xorg
root     14552 14551  0 Apr08 tty1     02:11:17 /usr/bin/Xorg :0 -nr
-verbose -auth /var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-lS2QB0/database -nolisten tcp
Display name is :0
File storing authorization key is /var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-lS2QB0/database
Virtual terminal number 1 (vt1)
(You Xorg log reports virtual terminal 7).

2) Ask the X Server anything.
(Get the XAUTHORITY environment variable and display name from output
from the previous step).
[root at rockover ~]#
XAUTHORITY=/var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-lS2QB0/database xdpyinfo -display
:0 | less
name of display:    :0.0
version number:    11.0
vendor string:    The X.Org Foundation
vendor release number:    10503000
X.Org version: 1.5.3

3) On the console keyboard switch to the correct Linux virtual console
with [Ctrl]-[Atl]-[F7] for your virtual terminal 7.  Try F1 to F8 too,
just in case.

4) Try temporally removing the configuration file /etc/X11/xorg.conf,
starting the X Server again and repeating the previous steps.  XOrg X
Servers have an in built configuration which should work.

5) Try starting X specifying the client command to run: startx xterm

man startx
man xdpyinfo
man xauth

Hope this helps,

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