Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fixing the black screen issue in Linux mint 12 after installing cinnamon

I've been using Linux mint for some time now. Today i had to face a issue after installing Cinnamon in my machine. Thought of writing this short blog to keep track of the fix i did.

I had Nvidia drivers installed in my laptop and it was working smoothly.After rebooting the machine after installing Cinnamon it gave me a back screen. It was smiler to the behavior explained in this link . I tried following the instructions given in that link but could not get it fixed. But after adding parameter nouveau.modeset=0 to grab startup command as explained in the link  I was able to start up a commandline (by pressing alt+F2 when i get a cursor in the back screen )

Following are the steps i followed after that

  • remove cinnamon nvidia-current and nvidia-settings ($sudo apt-get purge cinnamon nvidia-current nvidia-settings
  • Move /etc/X11/xorg.conf to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.back (sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.back)
  • Reboot ($sudo reboot) (This will got to the login  screen)
  • Re install nvidia driver ($sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings )

Hope this Helps