Fedora 11 64 upgrade breaks Xorg

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This is a workaround for an issue with Xorg when upgraded to the kernel.


  1. You are booting with your new kernel and you see the fedora "F" logo load and directly after it goes to a blank screen which may or may not have a cursor blinking in the top left hand corner.
  2. You try and boot the old kernel, selecting it in grub, it gets a little further than the "F" logo loading and then cuts to a coloured screen.


  1. Boot from the new kernel
  2. when you get to the blank screen, switch to another terminal by hitting Ctrl + Alt + F2.
  3. Login as root and navigate to [hostname~#cd /etc/X11/]
  4. Now you are in the xorg directory. From here issue the command [hostname~#cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak] This command will backup your current configuration. The problem with the current configuration is that by default Fedora will use the Nvidia drivers. The Lenovo T400s has an "Intel mobile 4 series graphics controller". We are basically going to switch the driver around with the Intel one.
  5. Now that you have backed up your xorg.conf file; use your favourite text editor (nano, vi, etc) to edit [/etc/X11/xorg.conf].
  6. Copy and replace the following information with the file below.
  7. Save the file and logout as root
  8. Log back in as your regular user and issue the command [hostname~$ startx]. A window will spawn and you will be back in business.

Replacement Xorg File

Section "Files"

ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"


Section "Device"

Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "intel"