Since I installed KDE and removed Gnome, when I switch to any TTY1-6 I got a black screen. Switching back to TTY7 works fine.

I don't know why is this happening, but I guess that some needed package was removed when Gnome was removed.

Any ideas of how to fix this?

  • How about gettys? Are they still there and starting upon init on the first 6 VTs? (E.g. look in pstree for them). Their startup is configured in /etc/inittab just in case (you're probably interested in multi-user runlevel). Jul 26, 2013 at 12:15
  • @Bob I see 6*[getty] but no childs. In /etc/inittab there are these lines: 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1, 2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2, 3-6 = 2
    – user27807
    Jul 26, 2013 at 13:00
  • This seems ok. Hm... once I had the same with my Ubuntu 10.04. Have you seen: askubuntu.com/questions/162535/… Jul 26, 2013 at 13:17
  • @Bob it didn't fix it. I think the problem wasn't switch from Gnome to KDE, I think the problem was upgrade from Wheezy to Jessie. After I did so, when shutting down the system I don't see the typical log which shows which services are being stopped and so. The screen remains black, exactly as black as when switching to TTYs.
    – user27807
    Jul 26, 2013 at 13:35
  • Just noticed that they are working. I logged and created a folder, and the switch back to X and there is that folder.
    – user27807
    Jul 26, 2013 at 13:51

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It is a known bug in kernel 3.9 using fglrx.

Bug report and workaround -> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=712527

The problem was upgrade to Jessie rather than remove Gnome.

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