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ibm server black screen console



I did not get an answer last time - so I thought I would try this
again - please help.

I have an ibm x3650 7979 -- when the system boots up and goes into
grub - and starts to initialize, I get a black screen console.
No login prompt at all.
If i enable gdm3 on bootup - i get the gui interface to come up at the
end of the boot sequence on the console.

Can someone help me ? I have installed a couple of non-free drivers
and still I have the issue.

my dmesg log looks like this :
5.812200] [drm]   Encoders:
[    5.812201] [drm]     CRT1: INTERNAL_DAC1
[    5.812203] [drm] Connector 1:
[    5.812205] [drm]   DVI-D
[    5.812206] [drm]   HPD2
[    5.812208] [drm]   DDC: 0x64 0x64 0x64 0x64 0x64 0x64 0x64 0x64
[    5.812210] [drm]   Encoders:
[    5.812211] [drm]     DFP2: INTERNAL_DVO1
[    6.048505] [drm] fb mappable at 0xD0040000
[    6.048507] [drm] vram apper at 0xD0000000
[    6.048508] [drm] size 786432
[    6.048510] [drm] fb depth is 8
[    6.048511] [drm]    pitch is 1024
[    6.296024] [drm:radeon_i2c_sw_put_byte] *ERROR* i2c 0x08 0x30 write failed
[    6.392023] [drm:radeon_i2c_sw_put_byte] *ERROR* i2c 0x09 0x00 write failed
[    6.488023] [drm:radeon_i2c_sw_put_byte] *ERROR* i2c 0x0a 0x90 write failed
[    6.584023] [drm:radeon_i2c_sw_put_byte] *ERROR* i2c 0x0c 0x89 write failed
[    6.680024] [drm:radeon_i2c_sw_put_byte] *ERROR* i2c 0x08 0x3b write failed
[    6.697915] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 128x48
[    6.716915] fb0: radeondrmfb frame buffer device
[    6.716917] registered panic notifier
[    6.716929] [drm] Initialized radeon 2.0.0 20080528 for
0000:01:06.0 on minor 0
[    6.953645] Adding 6081528k swap on /dev/sda5.  Priority:-1
extents:1 across:6081528k
[    7.042746] EXT3 FS on sda1, internal journal
[    7.094902] loop: module loaded
[    8.096668] fuse init (API version 7.13)
[    8.742893] RPC: Registered udp transport module.
[    8.742897] RPC: Registered tcp transport module.
[    8.742899] RPC: Registered tcp NFSv4.1 backchannel transport modul


Can someone tell me how i can find out what video card I have ?
Where can I get an updated firmware or driver ?
Is there a simple 80X25 console screen that I can get to -- i am just
concerned that if i have to troubleshoot a server issue - i will not
be able to do it - if i have a black screen./
thanks


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