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I am attempting to install some newer distro than my old and faithful
Mandrake 10.0. Most distros (Fedora, Mandriva) fail rather early in
the installation and I see a screen full of coloured bands on my
good old Phlips 109S CRT (!) monitor.
I managed to install Kubuntu (safe video mode), but when I run it
my screen gets narrower and narrower. This does not happen
consistently, but using it is not fun.
I have seen some reports about ATI Radeon drivers, but I cannot say
I understand how to get around them. Being accustomed to Mandriva
I would prefer to stick with it, but I cannot install it (neither
2007, nor 2008.1, nor 2009rc).
Bus identification: 1002:5964:148c:2073
Location on the bus: 1:0:0
Description: Radeon 9200SE 5964 (AGP)
Module: Card:ATI Radeon (fglrx)
Media class: DISPLAY_VGA
cpu #1 (#2 is the same):
Cache size: 512 KB
Coma bug: No
Frequency (MHz): 2798.967
Cpuid family: 15
Cpuid level: 2
F00f bug: No
Fdiv bug: No
Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe cid
Is FPU present: Yes
Whether the FPU has an irq vector: Yes
Halt bug: No
Model name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Brigde to AGP:
Vendor: Intel Corp.
Bus identification: 8086:2571
Location on the bus: 0:1:0
Description: 82865G/PE/P Processor to AGP Controller
Media class: BRIDGE_PCI
Thanks, both of you.
Indeed I did not install any drivers myself, as I am booting from
the distro cd's - which I did not compose myself.
Dumb question: how do I get into a text mode or vesa mode install?