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Hey! So I have been checking out backtrack4 and when ever I type 'startx' (to start the GUI) it goes to a black screen/stops displaying and my monitor starts cycling through inputs looking for a signal. It works fine on my brother's pc however. So what's the deal? Any idea how I can fix this? Don't know if this is relevant but I am using HDMI @1080P and the video card is a HD3450. Thanks in advance biggrin.gif
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could be the use of the hdmi with the hd3450, ati has issues with linux most times, cause ati hasn't produced any quality drivers.

are you using it as a livecd or did you install it?
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Originally Posted by transhour;13146533 
could be the use of the hdmi with the hd3450, ati has issues with linux most times, cause ati hasn't produced any quality drivers.

are you using it as a livecd or did you install it?

It's a bootable USB drive.
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guess you could try:

X -configure
cp xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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Originally Posted by transhour;13146814 
guess you could try:

X -configure
cp xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
startx

wait what? lol sorry I'm just not that great at linux yet... only have some experience with ubuntu server edition and that about sums it up.
So run 'X -configure' then the 'cp xorg.conf.new /ect/X11/xorg.conf' ? What exactly does that do?
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Quote:
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wait what? lol sorry I'm just not that great at linux yet... only have some experience with ubuntu server edition and that about sums it up.
So run 'X -configure' then the 'cp xorg.conf.new /ect/X11/xorg.conf' ? What exactly does that do?

the first command configures a new xorg.conf file for you against the hardware on the current machine, then the second one copies that new file created over the existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf file giving your x server a better chance of starting up smile.gif

if you dont know much about linux, i suggest trying an easier distro... if you are interesting in pen-testing/security-auditing you might want to check out blackbuntu as its just a tad easier for newer users and almost as powerful as backtrack
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazyDiamond;13146974 
wait what? lol sorry I'm just not that great at linux yet... only have some experience with ubuntu server edition and that about sums it up.
So run 'X -configure' then the 'cp xorg.conf.new /ect/X11/xorg.conf' ? What exactly does that do?

X -configure = configures the x server to use with your graphics card and monitors resolution. it creates a new file in your home folder called xorg.conf.new.

cp ~/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf = this will copy the file in your home directory called xorg.conf.new and rename it to xorg.conf, /etc/X11 is where the configuration file for X server is located. sorry forgot some of the command.

so do this at the cli:

X -configure
cp ~/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
startx
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X -configure = configures the x server to use with your graphics card and monitors resolution. it creates a new file in your home folder called xorg.conf.new.

cp ~/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf = this will copy the file in your home directory called xorg.conf.new and rename it to xorg.conf, /etc/X11 is where the configuration file for X server is located. sorry forgot some of the command.

so do this at the cli:

X -configure
cp ~/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
startx

ok I'll give it a try right away then report back biggrin.gif
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Alright. I'm back! Got some new infoz and what not.
I ran 'X -configure' and the screen flashed and then listed this...
Told me my config file is /root/xorg.conf.new
So then I proceeded to do this... 'cp /xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf' which did not work. I then tried 'cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf' and the result was just that it went to the next line and listed no information. I assumed that meant it worked??? Either way then I 'startx' and the result is the same. Hear sound but no display. Also when I had ran 'X -configure' it told me to type (trying to remember) X -config /root/xorg.conf.new to test it or something like that, and I tried that as well but it resulted in nothing at all except a black screen and no display.
So did I do that right? And if so... then what now? Thanks once again in advance!
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your better off just using blackbuntu....
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