I'm using Debian 6 (Squeeze) and I happened to hibernate my laptop today. After hibernation everything was very slow (a lot of disk accesses... most likely page faults, I guess) but this is a usual behaviour in my case.

My usual fix to this situation is rebooting. However, this time I rebooted and GNOME never came back. GRUB is loaded and a lot of stuff is output to the console however at some point, when the console is replaced by a black screen in which GNOME will be loaded the black screen stays there.

I've been using fglrx driver for a year, however, I changed it in xorg.conf into vesa. This showed a little improvement as, although the situation repeated, instead of seeing a full black screen I could read:

lp: driver loaded but no devices found
ppdev: user-space parallel port driver

Those messages stayed on top of the screen blinking as if they were cleared and written in a loop. The fans went on so I guess there was some kind of loop doing something.

Hitting the power button shut down the laptop properly (the usual shutdown messages appeared in the screen).

I haven't seen any unusual output rather than that in dmesg, /var/log/kern.log /var/log/messages.

Any ideas on what I can do? Maybe dpgk-reconfigure some packages?

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It seemed to be a video driver issue. Reinstalling fglrx driver fixed this.

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