Windows colours have become inverted

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Windows colours have become inverted

Postby searcher1 » Sat May 15, 2010 15:48

Help...my windows colours have become inverted. The background is now black and text is white for normal text and blue for links. I just installed Sabayon today and this is what I did before this problem surfaced:

1. Clicked on Sulfur. Was told to install the Sabayon repo, which I did.
2. After the Sabayon repo was installed, there was a message telling me to update using a terminal command (can't remember the command now...sorry).
3. Executed the command and 600+ packages were downloaded and installed. This took a few hours.
4. After everything was completed, I rebooted. After the reboot the windows colours became inverted.

I am using a Dell Inspiron 6400 and I think (not sure) the video card is ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 or X1400 or nVidia GeForce Go 7300.

I have tried changing the theme and system colours but nothing works. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby genfool » Sat May 15, 2010 18:08

A normal update from a root terminal would include,
open a terminal type su and hit enter type root passwd and hit enter to gain root terminal.
equo update
equo install entropy
equo upgrade
when finished
equo conf update <<<very important to update the configs
Would help to know what video card you have, from root terminal lspci will list all the goodies you have

Ok, for your video issue in a root terminal eselect kernel list which line has a * next to it?
Then, uname -r do the two kernels match?
With an updated system, you should be on 2.6.33-sabayon kernel and have a menu entry in grub for 2.6.33

either way, if eselect kernel list does not have a * next to it eselect kernel set 2 or what ever the # is in front of the kernel
Then equo install ati-drvers This is assuming you have a ati card
reboot into the .33 kernel
Try these things and let us know how it is going.
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby searcher1 » Sat May 15, 2010 19:25

genfool, thanks for the reply. Here is what happened at the terminal:

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[email protected] ~ $ su
Password:
sabayon xxx # eselect kernel list
Available kernel symlink targets:
  [1]   linux-2.6.33-sabayon *
sabayon xxx # uname -r
2.6.33-sabayon
sabayon xxx #


What do I do next?

Now that you mention it, I think I did equo update after installing the Sabayon repo. Everything was ok until I did that.
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby genfool » Sat May 15, 2010 21:01

first thing I would do is follow the steps to upgrade I posted earlier, will not take long since you have already updated.
Make sure you run equo conf update when those steps complete.
I then would want to re-install my video drivers and reboot
post the output of lspci for your video card, we do not need the whole file, just the video section.
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby searcher1 » Sun May 16, 2010 1:49

Thanks for the reply. I did as you suggested and applied the upgrade according to what you wrote. Everything went fine but I noticed the following:

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sabayon xxx # equo install entropy
>>  @@ Calculating dependencies ...
>>  ## [R] [sabayonlinux.org] sys-apps/entropy-0.99.46.3|0   [0.99.46.3|0]
>>  @@ Packages needing to be installed/updated/downgraded: 1
>>  @@ Packages needing to be removed: 0
>>  @@ Download size: 0b
>>  @@ Freed disk space: 0.0b
>>  @@ You need at least: 1.5MB of free space
>>  :: (1/1) >>> sys-apps/entropy-0.99.46.3
>>  @@ Another Entropy is currently running.
>>  @@ Download incomplete.
>>  @@ Configuration files scan complete.
sabayon xxx # equo upgrade
>>  @@ Calculating System Updates...
>>  @@ Calculating dependencies ...
>>  ## [U] [sabayonlinux.org] kde-base/kppp-4.4.3|0   [4.4.2|0]
>>  ## [U] [sabayonlinux.org] media-gfx/feh-1.4.3|0   [1.4|0]
>>  ## [U] [sabayonlinux.org] media-libs/libmimic-1.0.4-r2|0   [1.0.4-r1|0]
>>  @@ Packages needing to be installed/updated/downgraded: 3
>>  @@ Packages needing to be removed: 0
>>  @@ Download size: 1.0MB
>>  @@ Used disk space: 119.1kB
>>  @@ You need at least: 2.1MB of free space
>>  :: (1/3) >>> kde-base/kppp-4.4.3
>>  @@ Another Entropy is currently running.
>>  @@ Download incomplete.
>>  @@ Configuration files scan complete.


I just turned on my computer and the only programs I am consciously running are Firefox and the terminal. I wonder why it says Entropy is also running.

As for the lspci, here is the output:

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)


Is this the part of the output you wanted? Doesn't say anything about ATI so should I go ahead with updating the ATI drivers?
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby Fitzcarraldo » Sun May 16, 2010 18:34

The lspci output shows you don't have an ATI GPU -- you have an Intel GPU -- so you don't need to install any ATI drivers.
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Re: Windows colours have become inverted

Postby searcher1 » Mon May 17, 2010 14:42

I have tried and tried to solve the problem but nothing works. I even enlisted the help of people I know who claim to be computer "experts", all to no avail. As a last resort I uninstalled the KDE version of Sabayon that I had and installed the Gnome version in its place. I then installed the repo and did the equo update. This time everything turned out ok. No more problem with the display!

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the attention you gave to my problem. Sorry for taking up your time.
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