Black blinking trace (-) screen after bootscreen

Hello, i’ve just recently installed the DietPi and set it to boot to desktop (the option 16 i believe) and after the bootscreen it goes to a black screen that only has a blinking trace (-) how can i cancel it and return to the bootscreen(or modify it)?


you can try connection via SSH can change the boot option back to normal.

Question. Are you running an RPi4?

i dont think i’ve set the ssh yet… or does it already comes ready to use?
its a PI 3b

yes SSH is enabled by default on DietPi. You should be able to login

I am having the same issue on a Pi 1B 512mb and a Pi 3b.

Both are a fresh install of the latest image and all goes well during setup. The only added software is XFCE. Before changing the autostart option to 16 it boots to the command prompt. Using the command startx from the command prompt results in the below error.

terminated with error (1). Closing the log file.
xinit: giving up
xinit: unable to connect to X server: Connection refused
xinit: server error

Changing the autostart option to 16 results in the blinking trace after reboot. Once in this state you can hit CTRL + ALT + DEL and triggr a restart but nothing else.

What further inofrmaion can I provide to help troubleshoot this?

Also, while I am not new to Linux I still consider myself on the beginner side of things.

Well it looks like the image from 2021-03-31 resolves this issue. Does anyone know what the problem was?