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Dell E6x30 Devices - Flickering or Black screen during imaging startup

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Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.2


Using Imaging drivers from August 2012 update, or ZCM 11.2.1 MU2 or ZCM 11.2.2

Black screen appears after loading initrd on Dell Latitude E6410 and a flickering screen is seen on Dell Latitude E6430 and 6530.


Make a backup then modify to add the boot option: nomodeset to the end of the append line to the z_auto.cfg or z_maint.cfg file located here:
Windows: %ZENWORKS_HOME%\share\tftp
Linux: /srv/tftp

This option can also be set in ZCC:

Configuration > Device Management > Preboot Services > PXE Options > PXE Kernel Boot Parameters

NOTE: This change in ZCC doesn't take affect when using the PXE imaging menu. To have this work with the PXE imaging menu, the first workaround must be used.

If using the bootcd, this option can be added at the end of each append line in the boot/i386/loader/isolinux.cfg file on the bootcd.iso


Reported to Engineering

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  • Document ID:7010914
  • Creation Date:11-OCT-12
  • Modified Date:14-JUN-13
    • NovellZENworks Configuration Management

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