Black Screen Issue on Fedora 29 with Nvidia GPU
Today, I spent about 4 hours only to figure out why my Fedora 29 shows a black screen after the login screen. I've already used Fedora since 3 months. After using Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro, I decided to try Fedora due to the SE Linux security feature. At the beginning, I encountered a lot of issues since installing Nvidia driver in Linux is not so easy like other drivers. The installation guide from If Not True Then False has helped me alot. Many thanks to JR that keeps maintaining the guide.
So, as some people may know on October 30th 2018, Fedora released its new version: Fedora 29. I was happy to know about the news.
I downloaded the new release and installed it in my desktop. After installing the new release, update the other softwares and
restarting the PC, I saw a black screen after entering my login password. I could not open the terminal using the
ctrl + alt + F2. Even
ctrl + alt + del did not work. Choosing the kernel 4.18.12-200 in the grub menu and pressing
ctrl + alt + F2 during the black screen, allowed me to open the terminal. However, I couldn't find any significant log message.
After trying to check all the config and checked if the display server (
Wayland) is the culprit or not, I read a note
on the installation guide page from If Not True Then False
which cannot be found easily in the second point of the guide:
Note Fedora 29 users: GDM is not currently working properly. I get black screen when I try to login any desktop. Gnome 3.30.1 works, but you will need some other display manager than GDM, example LXDM, LightDM, SDDM or KDM. Quick guide howto change display manager on Fedora.
This note has saved my time and my desktop PC! Thus, I would like to write down how I fix my computer:
- Choose the latest kernel and try to open the terminal and login by pressing
eon the grub menu. Then add
nomodesetat the end of line 14 where we can see
linux16 /boot/..... rhgb quiet. Then press
ctrl + x. The
nomodesetinstruct the Linux kernel to not load the video driver, and use BIOS mode instead. If it does not work, alternatively you can start with the kernel 4.18.12-200 to boot, press
ctrl + alt + F2, and login in the terminal.
Then install a display manager. I chooce the LightDM due to its beatiful UI:
dnf install lightdm
Disable GDM during the startup and enable LightDM:
systemctl disable gdm systemctl enable lightdm
Yuhuu, now I can login to my Fedora 29 again and I don't need to reinstall my desktop. I hope this hint can help you.
Note: I tried using
lxdm too. If you choose to use
lxdm, don't forget to change the Desktop to GNOME on the bottom left of the login screen, instead of Default. If not, you will see the black screen again. The problem with this workaround is that the lockscreen does not work anymore.
Update 2018-11-05: Meanwhile, the fix for the gdm black screen issue is to remove the
rhgb in the command line of the linux kernel in the grub. Just open the grub file:
sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/grub
rhgb in the line with
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX= so that becomes:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=UUID=06e738ca-97c0-45ac-8871-6f1c40933c4f quiet rd.driver.blacklist=nouveau"
Update 2018-12-24: A next step to deal with the black screen after a restart is to update the Plymouth after installing a new Nvidia driver. Plymouth is the graphical start process during a startup. You can do this steps from this tutorial.