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When i close my laptop screen and open it, the screen stays black, but i can see the cursor. I can switch to the other ttys using ctrl+alt+F1-F6, so computer isn't l0cked out or unresponsive, the gui just doesn't show anythimg other than the cursor. Does any one know the problem could be?

Edit: log/command output

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Probably your graphics/display driver doesn't unsuspend properly. Please share the content or output of the following commands/files to better help us troubleshoot your problem (instructions in this answer): file(s): /var/log/kern.log, /var/log/syslog, /var/log/Xorg.0.log, command(s): dmesg – izx Jul 15 '12 at 0:15
@izx Sorry it took so long. Edited my question to include the requested log files and the output to that command. – jumpnett Aug 31 '12 at 4:45
Can you move the cursor? Can you try switching to a TTY and then back (with C-A-F7)? Is this a Lenovo/Thinkpad by any chance? – izx Sep 14 '12 at 12:53
@izx I can move the cursor. I tried all ctrl+alt+F# combos. This is a Lenovo Thinkpad X61 Tablet. – jumpnett Sep 17 '12 at 17:11
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From the symptoms, and having Intel video, it sounds like you're hitting bug 966744: "[i965] Resume from suspend leaves me with black screen..."

Update: a fix has been found! :-)

It is in Quantal and working for. For 12.04, it's in precise-proposed, as of now, 2012/10/10. All reports from there are good, too.

Upstream Intel developers are working with Ubuntu devs and users, there. You might be able to help by getting an xtrace. There are instructions in a bug comment here, but full disclosure, I couldn't get them to work. Others did.

Here's an update, from the ubuntu-devel list (the end of this email).

"For 966744, it seems a non-trivial mesa bug. Timo reported it upstream. Already present in precise, but doesn't seem to trigger as often as in quantal. Will need possibily some help from the unity team on that one to workaround it."

Here are the upstream X bug, and kernel bug reports. (Thanks to Launchpad's excellent bug linking.)

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Well, I guess it's something I'll have to live with until they get it straightened out. – jumpnett Sep 20 '12 at 18:05
How do I get an xtrace? – jumpnett Sep 22 '12 at 19:14
I'll add a link for that. – Ed Donovan Sep 22 '12 at 22:14

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