Blank Screen on Backtrack 5 when Using Startx [Intel]

Black screen after run startx command on Backtrack 5 is a common issue on Backtrack 5. After I post how to solve blank screen when using startx and how to solve blank screen on Backtrack 5 [NVIDIA] the problem still appear on some Backtrack’s user. I think the problem is in VGA card. If you are using Intel graphic card, may be this tutorial will solve your problem about blank screen on Backtrack 5 when using startx.

First use the Backtrack live CD and boot with it then Configure the Xorg

Xorg -configure

Copy xorg.conf file to /etc/X11

cp /root/ /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Open xorg.conf

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Change "intel" to "vesa" and then save the file
Reboot your Backtrack and then open xorg.conf again

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Change "vesa" to "intel" and install this intel driver

apt-cache search intel | grep xorg
xserver-xorg-video-intel - X.Org X server -- Intel i8xx, i9xx display driver
xserver-xorg-video-intel-dbg - X.Org X server -- Intel i8xx, i9xx display driver (debug symbols)
xserver-xorg-video-i740 - X.Org X server -- i740 display driver

Install the driver with this command

apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel
apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel-dbg
apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-i740

Edit grub.cfg

gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Change "text splash vga=791" to "text i915.modeset=1"
I hope your problem solved

5 Responses to "Blank Screen on Backtrack 5 when Using Startx [Intel]"

  1. I ended up connecting my laptop to the internet via Ethernet cable and sudo apt-get update in the command line. Then startx. Good luck

  2. Is there a fixed version of the Backtrack ISO available?
    Or can I fix it on the ISO myself somehow
    I only run backtrack on a liveusb, never installed.

  3. Is there an backtrack ISO available that doesn't have this problem?

  4. Is there an ISO of backtrack with this fixed for a live USB stick to run?

  5. Work on installed version too....just in grub.cfg is : text splash nomodeset vga=791 ... everything else is good thanks you so much