Ronald P Guilmet on 23 Apr 2017 20:54:51 -0700

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The blank screen is on Fedora. Ubuntu programs (file manager, gedit) crash, or the screen becomes non responsive. If that's a video issue, I wouldn't even know where to begin with that.

On Apr 23, 2017 7:46 PM, "KP" <> wrote:
Glad to hear that but I would also say this sounds like a video driver issue.

On April 23, 2017 12:33:41 PM EDT, Ronald P Guilmet <> wrote:
I have centos 7 gnome installed now. Day 2 no issues. Keeping my fingers crossed.

On Apr 23, 2017 1:22 AM, "Robert" <> wrote:
On 04/22/2017 11:00 PM, Ronald P Guilmet wrote:
> I have a Dell Inspiron N7010. From google, it appears that this laptop
> is ten years old. I replaced the HDD a few years ago. I've tried
> Ubuntu LTS and 16.10 with LXE Gnome Mate XFCE, I've also tried Fedora
> 25. Within a week if that, sometimes days, I will lose video, and I
> cannot recover it. Other times the whole screen just locks. I have
> mouse, but everything is unresponsive. Other times programs like gedit
> just crash, or I try to open the file manager, and it never opens but
> registers as unresposive when you try to log out. I've walked away to
> give some time to see if the issues resovles itself, and it doesn't. I
> have to hard restart every time. Frustration is an understatement.

I am in the process of replacing my desktop because it is 10yrs old.
What I have found out is the graphics card that is in the machine is no
longer supported by the drivers thus when I boot after upgrade the
screen goes blank and goes into suspended state.

> Here is what I do on the laptop. I play with python, nodejs, etc
> stuff. What I don't need. I don't need music, video editing, or the
> like. I'm not sure how to play this out. If I had money, I'd run out,
> and by a new laptop. That's not an option at the moment. Any ideas?

Maybe if you can downgrade the install graphic driver you might be able
to get a few more years out of it.



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