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Old 06-14-2007, 01:24 PM   #1
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First boot after install monitor says out of range


Hello!

Alright I am installing Fedora 7 x86_64 on a AMD based system running 8800 GTS. I am also running the Nvidia Sata Raid. System has run FC6 and FC5 successfully. I make it through the install and remove my DVD. Reboot the box and after kernel does its thing I get to the line that says Starting UDEV. I see an OK after it then my monitor blanks out and says that it is out of range. I tried doing a CTRL ALT F7 or F4 or whatever and can't get to another terminal but that does not work. I think the machine hangs b/c CTRL ALT DEL doesn't do anything. I have to power down by holding my power button for a while. I have reinstalled from scratch a couple of times and the error is reproducible every time. I don't see any error messages so this is hard to T-shoot Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 06-14-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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Maybe you can cut down the problem by using some kind of fail - safe configuration, ie. don't use a frame buffer device,
boot in runlevel 3, etc.

Maybe check Xorg configuration?
 
Old 06-14-2007, 07:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I was able to get it to boot into OS using rescue mode and replacing the "NV" driver with "vesa" in the xorg.conf.

Now i have another issue which i had with FC6 and that is that the kernel or booting process thinks my sectors are bad on my Nvidia Raid 0 drive and forces me to maintenance mode to do fsck checks. The only way i was able to get FC6 installed was to not use RAID, but that is just silly as RAID0 rocks. I hope they fix the Nvidia Raid driver soon.
 
Old 06-16-2007, 09:31 PM   #4
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Just to post a complete answer to my problems just in case someone else experiences this.

FYI I am running NVidia 880 GTS

Linux installation needed noapic switch to work any which way. I have started from scratch about 15 times now with Fedora 7 and this is what i had to do to get working. First off, from windows i created a drive that encompassed all my free space on my Nvidia RAID0 array. I then did a windows checkdisk and checked all the option to fix bad sectors. Not sure if this helped but for some reason when in a RAID0 setup i always got errors but i think that is b/c of all the unclean shutdowns i had to do. Moving on. I deleted this drive created in windows through windows. Rebooted to linux CD. Instead of creating my own partitions, I let Linux handle it automatically. It used my freespace and configured the drive with LVM partitions. Reboot after install and booted directly to rescue mode. From here i replaced "nv" in xorg with "vesa". Reboot let firstboot guide me through creating user and configuring firewall etc.. Rebooted machine since it hung and used rescuecd. Changed inittab to start and init3. Finally booted to a prompt. I yum'd the latest xorg-x11-drv-nv changed inittab back to init5 and BINGO! Now i am up and running. Now this may seem convoluded and perhaps i could have done things differently but it works now. Hope this helps other people with Nvidia RAID and Video!

Chris
 
  


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