Fedora 24 install shows blank screen if using external monitor

asked 2016-10-13 08:21:21 -0500

mikkol gravatar image

Using a Lenovo Thinkpad P50 with Quadro M2000M display adapter set to discrete graphics, external monitor priority in BIOS setup and lid closed (laptop in dock, internal screen off), booting to Fedora 24 server installation shows a blank screen with backlight on. Removing the laptop from the dock and opening the lid to activate that display does not help.

If I install Fedora with the internal screen, then booting to the installed environment using the external monitor produces only a blank screen with backlight on.

Same behavior with Live media.

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First of all I am new to Fedora, but I'll try my best. Try using Fedora 25 (current one), however Fedora 26 is coming out in a couple of months, but at least you'll be on track. Try using a different Desktop environment. I use Cinnamon. There are others out there like KDE and Plasma as you can see from their website. Sometimes just doing something different is the only way things that will work. But I don't know much about BIOS setup, that's not my specialty.

fedo25 gravatar imagefedo25 ( 2017-04-06 07:03:48 -0500 )edit

Because Fedora GNU/Linux has many different spinoffs and environments, it creates a better chance of things actually working. That's how it has been for me when I had a problem with the default Desktop environment. Changed it and my computer works like a charm and hopefully that's it with you. It does seem strange if both screens won't work though...

fedo25 gravatar imagefedo25 ( 2017-04-06 07:03:57 -0500 )edit

Here are the spinoff Desktops. You'll need a live USB/DVD: https://spins.fedoraproject.org/cinnamon/



Goodluck. I hope my theory turns out to be right.

fedo25 gravatar imagefedo25 ( 2017-04-06 07:04:05 -0500 )edit