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Author:  James Zerr [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:56 am ]
Post subject:  UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card issue.

I am trying to use UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso as live dvd but having a possible video card issue. MD5 checksum correct. First tried using UNetbootin Windows 583 but same results. I have tried both live and force boot options but both give the same result. Boot. UberStudent splash. Mouse cursor on screen. Screen goes grey. Screen goes squiggly and muticolor. Audio. Hangs. Unplug so unit can be restarted.

All Dell.

One laptop: Latitude D630 Intel Core2 Duo T7100 @1.80 GHz 2GiB Total physical memeory 2GiB Total swap memory Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integtated Graphics Controller (Primary) Driver Tungsten Graphics Mesa DRI Intel(R) 965GMx86/MMX/SSE2 kernel 3.2.0-38-generic Mint Maya 13 KDE SC Version 4.8.5 (32-bit) based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

One desktop: Optiplex 745 Intel Core2 Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz 2GB Ram ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 Asus VS229 Windows XP 32-bit

One desktop: Optiplex 755 Intel Core2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz 2GB Intel Q35 Expree Chipst Family LG Flatron W2340V Windows Vista Business 32-bit

I used to run into this situation when I had an AMD Athlon processor on a PC. I always had to find a distro which would work. Live DVD or CD would work on the Dell PC I had at that time.

Any ideas as to how to run this live DVD?

Author:  Robin Collins [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

No solution I'm afraid - just a 'me-too'

Tried on both Dell and HP kit - sadly ATi Radeon X1400 and X1200 (=OLD) but I've never seen a problem quite like this before.

Certainly my old Dell 620 would never baulk at anything - OK 1024x768 is pretty rough but no matter...but I no longer have that to test the Intel chip. I have been able to get part of a desktop once, but that was it - otherwise grey/black stripes or grey mist.

I'll keep trying a few other boot configs ;)

Author:  Robin Collins [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

OK - problem solved - it's a file called displays.xml that lives in /home/username/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/displays.xml

Boot live medium - usb
Alt-F2 to CLI
cd .config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml
rm displays.xml
sudo pkill X

This starts X and you can log in as uberstudent - no password
Off you go

Looks like a problem with remastersys and or skel files

Enjoy - Hope this helps

Author:  James Zerr [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

I deleted the files from the USB but tried the Live DVD I burned. DVD goes to grub boot screen and I then hit Alt and F2 at the same time and never goes to CLI. It just boots system. Not sure what I am doing wrong.

Author:  Stephen Ewen [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

Robin is correct, looks like we probably found the issue at around the same time. :geek: The issue is that the file is copying as non-writable so is not being overwritten as it should on certain screen resolutions. :roll: A minor bug fix release is uploading right now and should be available at Sourceforge about 1.5 hours from right now. :!:

Update #1: Looks like sourceforge is giving me troubles uploading today. Trying the upload again now (10:19pm CST).

Update #2: It's uploaded now: https://sourceforge.net/projects/uberst ... ses/Plato/

Author:  James Zerr [ Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

Thanks Stephen for the quick update on the bug! I will have to try the new ISO you uploaded when I get a chance. Thanks to Robin for her quick response and workaround. I am sure I did something not quit right since I could not get Robin's workaround to work for me.

Author:  Robin Collins [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

Hi James

Not you, my bad explanation. :oops:

What I should have said was to boot from the medium DVD or USB
Wait till you get to the grey/bad screen
Then do Alt-F2 yada yada yada......

Anyhoo - thanks Stephen for the quick response.

Author:  James Zerr [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: UberStudent-2.10-desktop-i386.iso possible video card is

Robin, I never was able to be successful with the workaround. I tried at all different points from splash screen till grey plus colored squiggle. Not sure what I did wrong. Stephen has the new 2.10-1 out now at Sourceforge so I downloaded that and used UNetbootin with persistent and have now tested it on all three Dell computers with success on all three. I am writing from the USB on the last machine now for this final post on this subject. Thanks for your help! Thanks for Stephen's hard work on 2.10-1. It looks like 3.0 is shaping up well!

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