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I upgraded from 7.3 to 7.4 over the weekend.  Everything went well except that I can’t login because the screen is black with a cursor.

If reboot boot the 7.3 kernel 3.10.0-514.26.2.el7.x86_64 kernel everything works just fine, so my guess is that there’s a kernel issue with the hardware, specifically the Skylake processor.

Has anyone else run into this problem and if so can how I resolve the problem other than using the previous kernel?

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.  Z170M-PLUS
VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics 530 (rev 06)
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz Skylake

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Pete


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  • I’m using 7.4/Mate on a Dell machine with Skylake i5-7500/Graphics
    630, without any issues. I installed 7.3 then did initial updates via CR, and then the final ones when released the other day. Had to change my default mate theme (due to gtk2/3 issues) but otherwise all has been fine.

  • CR but waited for the official release.  I wonder if I’m experiencing the same theme issue with my mate these  If that is the what should I
    look for to verify that gtk2/3 is the issue, or what theme are you using?

    Pete


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  • Clearlooks-phenix also works fine with the latest C7/Mate and looks more like a “traditional” Gnome 2 desktop.

    yum install clearlooks-phenix-gtk2-theme clearlooks-phenix-gtk3-theme

    Go to the look and feel preferences setting on your desktop and select Clearlooks-phenix from the list.

    And afterward you can

    yum remove mate-themes

    if you want because it’s not needed any more.

  • The text console (PC console) black screen with an underline cursor, or the X11 blank console with an X cursor?

    If it’s the text console, can you control-alt-F2 to a login prompt?


    Jonathan Billings

  • Hello Frank,

    Interesting.. I could apply it here (C7/mate) and it’s true that this theme works on GTK2/GTK3. BUT customizing colors in Appearance Preferences in Mate prefs doesn’t apply to GTK3 apps.

    Regards,

  • Hey Frank, thanks for that pointer. I don’t particularly care for the adwaita theme, the phenix theme is much more to my liking.

    Fred

  • I upgraded from 7.3 to 7.4 over the weekend. Everything went well except that I can’t login because the screen is black with a cursor.

    If reboot boot the 7.3 kernel 3.10.0-514.26.2.el7.x86_64 kernel everything works just fine, so my guess is that there’s a kernel issue with the hardware, specifically the Skylake processor.

    Has anyone else run into this problem and if so can how I resolve the problem other than using the previous kernel?

    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Z170M-PLUS
    VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics 530 (rev 06)
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz Skylake

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    Pete

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  • Gregory P. Ennis wrote:

    Hm, I didn´t connect a monitor after the upgrade, but I found that hp-health crashes, and a core dump is created with the new kernel :(
    That´s a DL380 with an x5690.

    Is HP going to update their software, or is RH going to fix this?

  • I’ve done 5 upgrades so far without any issues.  This is the first one that has a problem and after some experimenting it looks like the kernel is identifying both the analog and digital ports and making the digital display the primary.  I use a KVM switch and needless to say it’s a royal pain to have to switch back and forth to accommodate this one host.  Like you I settled on using th3 previous perfectly working 7.3
    kernel, not optimum but it does work.

    I’ve also decided to get a graphics card in lieu of the on-board graphics card in the hope that that will solve the issue with the 7.4
    kernel.

    Agreed you do get used to these upgrades working seamlessly and it’s a bummer when occasionally things don’t work out exactly as planned.

    Pete


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  • My situation is similar, but different:

    After wrestling with it for a half-day, I successfully completed the update to 7.4, but as part of that I had to “rpm -e gstreamer1-plugins-bad-free-1.4.5-6.el7_3.x86_64 cheese totem totem-nautilus” so I could “yum update gstreamer1-plugins-base-1.10.4-1.el7.x86_64” and reinstall cheese, totem and totem-nautilus. Then I had no sound at all anywhere on the system, even in audacity and in vlc, both of which *always* work, even when sound doesn’t work in firefox and other apps.

    Also, I wanted to check my firewall settings prior to rebooting, so clicked on “firewalld” in the “Applications” menu. As soon as I did that, at the very moment I did that, my entire screen flashed and repainted itself. But the screen was different. All the borders on all the windows were gone. Not only that, my touchpad quit working almost everywhere. I can’t use the touchpad to focus on a different window, to drag-and-move a window, to click on link in firefox, to click on any buttons in thunderbird, and much more. It still works in the text areas of windows for other things… e.g., I can scroll text up and down inside of windows (using standard double-finger drag), but little else.
    I plugged in a USB mouse and it works on everything… everything the touchpad used to do.

    I mention the firewalld/window-manager/touchpad horkiness because it might cast some light on the “mate” issues mentioned above… point to a deeper source to the problem.

    This has been the weirdest update I’ve ever done. Maybe things will clear up after I reboot. I’m hoping. But thought I’d get that info out in case you don’t hear from me in a while (when I eventually reboot into the new kernel).

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