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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:30 am 
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Hi all, after many, many years of proper function of Knoppmyth R5A16 with MX4000 video card the GUI and desktop have gone. Its a combined backend/frontend machine in the living room Reason: full disk due to logfiles after so many years. I am using the NVIDIA driver.
Symptoms:
black screen after initialization of GDM/Xserver
I can switch to console using ALT-X
I can access the system using ssh -XL en start a frontend remotely
Ik can access the backend with a remote frontend

What is the best strategy to search and repair?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:18 am 
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I was lucky! I connected to the crashed box using ssh -Xl. Next I started nvidia-settings, doing nothing except closing the application without modifying anything. After the next reboot of the crashed system I had a desktop and could do some tweaking using nvidia-settings. Case closed.

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