Get lots of lines on boot cannot see the screen after intial boot

Asked by Peter Wilson on 2008-09-26

I have a MPC-L computer I brought from Viglen. I manage while doingupdates to mes the installation up so decided to reinstall xubuntu and use the newest version.

When I first booted form the USB stick got screens with lots of lines on them the system then maanged to get to the point it loaded up the GUI I do nto know how as i coudl nto read teh screen and think I just pressed enter a few times.

I have now installed it but when i rebooted i get to the same problem screens with lots of lines on them and I cannot read the screen. I guess there is a login screen there but am not sure.

I can get to the recovery mode fine and use the command line just not to the GUI.

I am guessing it is somethign to do with the reolution of teh graphics card and my machine. I aev tried two lcd monitors on it and a CRT screen that I had all show the same blue and white lines.

I am new to linux so any help woudl be appriciated.

Many thanks

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I have tried to use the reconfiger options that is provided on the screen that you get in recovery

Tobias Wolf (towolf) said : #2

Can you boot normally first, then reboot into recovery mode? Then log into text mode and read the end of the Xorg log file. It should list at the bottom what the problem is. You can read files in text mode with "less".

less /var/log/Xorg.0.log

and with

ls -l /var/log/Xorg.0.log

you can confirm from the date that this is actually the log from the failed attempt to start the GUI.

Have solved this by first droping out to command promtclt+alt+F1

then deleting xorg.conf

then restart.

It now allows me to set things up and works

Many thanks

Mathews Jose (mathews51189) said : #4

how we can open a file in text mode?

If you want to open teh file you can use a program call vi at command line