X windows won't produce any displays on my Dell Latitude E6500

Sean McClain sean.mcclain.dc3.sw at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 10:55:00 PDT 2010

Sorry for not getting back to this right away; I got X working and had
an unrelated kernel problem which knocked out my wireless.

I feel a little dumb, actually. I'd assumed since ctrl+alt+backspace
didn't work any more and I had a black screen with no mouse instead of
the grey screen with an X-shaped mouse I was expecting, that things
weren't working. And looking through archives, I was just looking for
my hardware and software; I didn't even to think to check if anything
had changed in xorg itself.

It turned out the problem was as simple as my DISPLAY being set to 0:0
. When I set it to :0.0 it worked great.

Thanks to everyone that tried to help, and thanks to the xorg
development team for making a great product. I was very pleasantly
surprised with how well my intel driver is working with KMS.

On 3/12/10, courten at web.de <courten at web.de> wrote:
> I'm a long time lfs user who recently compiled CLFS, and was working
> through cblfs.
> Most of the advice I got on how to configure my kernel, video card,
> etc. came from the Gentoo instructions for my hardware, which can be
> found here
> en.gentoo.wiki.com/wiki/Dell_Latitude_E6x00
> When I actually got everything working, and tried to run X windows,
> everything was going seemingly smoothly, but I got a blank screen.
> It wasn't hard locked and I could ctrl+alt+f1 and kill xorg, but it
> was still dissappointing.
> I did some homework and believe the problem is related to kernel
> modesetting. I have modesetting enabled by default for the i915 driver
> in the kernel.
> My pastebin is here
> http://pastebin.com/t5p4sx3v
> It might be a conflict with framebuffer settings
> could  you post either your lilo.conf or men.lst/grub.conf(Grub)
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