[SOLVED] Login Prompt Vs Blank Screen On Startup

Hello there,
Problem:
  - When booting into Arch I am either presented with the Login Prompt (Yay!) or a blank back lit screen (Boo!). The pattern is completely random. I can boot up 2-3 times in a row successfully then go on a streak of blank back lit screens and am forced to constantly reboot until I get it to work (see below):
Boot Attempt => Result after selecting Arch from Grub
1) Blank screen
2) Blank
3) Blank
4) Login prompt
5) Login
6) Login
7) Login
8) Blank
9) Blank
10) Login
11) Login
12) Blank
13) Login
14) Blank
Its a fresh install up until this point in the procedure, Arch Wiki Beginners Guide, so no graphical elements have been installed yet only thing I have installed is firmware for the wireless Broadcom (which is working fine).
Display: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
Network: Broadcom BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
CPU: Core Duo ~2Ghz x86
RAM: 1.5GB
Memory Test: Success
sda
|------sda1 (Windows XP)
|------sda2 (NTFS partition [No OS])
|------sda3 (Arch i686)
|------sda4 (Swap)
Search regarding blank screen turned up this thread, https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=151240 , which seemed relevant. It led to KMS though not sure exactly what that does even after reading the Wiki so I decided to post here rather than tinker with it and risk making things 100x worse than they already are.
Any idea as to what could be causing my irregular boot behavior?
Last edited by notyourbuddy (2013-01-01 04:07:28)

cfr wrote:Although that thread seems similar, I'm not sure how this could be the same issue as I thought KMS required a suitable video driver. Still, you could try passing nomodeset on the kernel command line as described in that thread. The worst that will happen is that it won't work. (You can edit the line from the grub menu so if it doesn't work you can just reboot and be back to the same settings you had before.) I guess you'd have to boot a few times to know if it helped.
Hmm, that seems to have fixed my problem. 9 successful reboots in a row. Figured with my erratic boot behavior as opposed to 100% blank screening that my problem was far worse when in fact the solution seems to have turned out to be quite simple.  Oopsie. My bad guys.
Followed these steps to make the changes persistent, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kernel_parameters , and seems to be holding up well. Will go ahead and marked as Solved and hope no more monitor boot problems arise.
cfr wrote:So just to clarify: you have not installed any video drivers at this point, correct? And you haven't installed X? You definitely only have one graphics card?
Nope. Nope. Yep.
cfr wrote:You can try examining the log files to see what is happening on successful versus unsuccessful boots. journalctl will let you do this and you can filter it with various options.
Cool, first time I've heard of this and just tested that out. Looks to be a wealth of information. Will have to remember this next time I have boot woes.
Last edited by notyourbuddy (2013-01-01 04:12:26)

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