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Old 04-26-2003, 06:36 AM   #1
michel v
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Redhat 9 install/upgrade problem: XFree gives a black screen


I tried to do a clean install of RH9 this morning. When letting it start in graphical mode, I get a black screen. When letting it proceed in text mode, I can install everything just fine but I get a black screen when XFree 4.3 is supposed to start.
Then I tried an upgrade from RH8 (which works just fine), and encountered the same problem.

My video card is a Riva TNT2 with 64MB memory (it usually gets recognised as 32MB by all hardware probes, though it really has 64MB).

Anyone had the same problem? How did you fix it?

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Old 04-26-2003, 08:02 AM   #2
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maybe because your video card is not supported by linux or you must download drivers so that linux can use your video card.
Old 04-26-2003, 08:39 AM   #3
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RH 8 works just fine with that video card, thanks.
I guess I should try installing RedHat 8, then the nVidia drivers, then upgrade to RH 9...
Old 04-26-2003, 11:58 AM   #4
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Follow-up: I just tried to install Mandrake 9.1, and I got the same problem: XFree86 starts, but with a black screen and there's nothing I can do then.
So it's likely an issue with XFree86 4.3...
Old 04-26-2003, 07:53 PM   #5
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OK, I dealt with the problem.

Here's the problem: XFree 4.3's driver 'nv' has issues with Riva TNT2 cards (at least those).
Solution: get into command line and install nVidia's latest driver, then edit the XF86Config files as explained in the nVidia install process.
Second problem: Redhat doesn't give you the choice to boot into command line.
Solution: I ended up installing Mandrake 9.1. :P


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