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Fedora 26 gets grey screen after login - first boot

asked 2017-07-13 14:29:42 -0500

desk77 gravatar image

I've just installed Fedora 26 in dual boot with Windows 10 from live-dvd. My pc is old so it haven't got UEFI. Live Fedora worked fine. I choose automatic partitioning, I've set a not-admin account and a root password. Then I restarted pc and a screen like this appeared:

  • Fedora...
  • Fedora [rescue....]
  • Windows 10 I choose the first one and some text on a grey background appeared. Then login screen appeared. I click on the account (I've set no password for it) and only the grey background remains on the screen. Even the mouse pointer disappeared. I waited a few minutes but nothing happened. What's the problem? How can I fix it? Thanks I've an old PC:
  • Intel Pentium D
  • nVidia Geforce 6600 with DVI monitor
  • Asus P5B Deluxe
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answered 2017-07-13 19:56:30 -0500

ozeszty gravatar image

updated 2017-07-14 02:55:25 -0500

I have a PC with 7600GS running Fedora Cinnamon without bigger issues on open source driver. The same driver is probably not doing so well on your hardware.

If you're using Fedora Workstation, then on login screen click on a gear icon, choose 'GNOME on Xorg' and login. if it didn't help or you're using other desktop environment, install different GPU driver. You'll need a working internet connection to complete the following steps:

It should be working fine now, although Nvidia proprietary drivers might cause some other issues, eg. outstanding bugs or slower adoption to newer kernels and Xorg releases. If that becomes a problem, you may consider changing your GPU to one of even old, but cheap and well supported (driver working out of the box) Radeon HDxxxx PCI-E graphics cards.

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I entered reboot command. then a black screen with fedora logo appears and nothing has happened for 10 minutes! I rebooted manually and it started. Now I'll evaluate the behavior. Will the video driver problem appear even for Fedora spins, so with different Desktop Environments?

desk77 gravatar imagedesk77 ( 2017-07-14 04:52:05 -0500 )edit

Press ESC, logo should disappear and you should see a log, it might indicate why reboot haven't finished.

Hold Power button pressed or use Reset to restart computer and check if it's working now. Did you have any issues while installing the driver and then updating system?

P.S. From what I've found driver for your GPU might be retired quite soon.

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-07-14 05:36:00 -0500 )edit

Ups, somehow I've read only the first sentence...

General issues with Nvidia driver won't disappear after changing DE, only those pertaining currently running DE might differ. You can install other DE's and check how they work with your hardware. There's plenty to choose from, LXDE and Xfce are quite lightweight, KDE will let you choose different rendering backends. You can also try out Cinnamon, for me it works better on open driver.

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-07-14 05:58:11 -0500 )edit

Unfortunately system is very unstable and not usable. Before installing this I had Linux Mint 17.3 and it worked. Do you know why? Thanks for the great help!

desk77 gravatar imagedesk77 ( 2017-07-14 08:02:05 -0500 )edit

Try the combo that works for me: Cinnamon and nouveau, the open source nvidia driver (you'll have to uninstall nvidia blob). It will also be closer to what you get in Mint out of the box (I don't know about changes you made). Mint is based on Ubuntu, has older, compiled and packaged differently packages, no SELinux eforcement, so there's plenty of differences that can affect functioning (DE, older kernel and mesa being more notable ones).

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-07-14 14:11:13 -0500 )edit

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