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Old 03-20-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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black screen after installation (now using text mode)


hi guys
look I installed redhat enterpise linux 5 (rhel 5) and after the first boot configuration ,the x server should start but instead i got replacing colors and in the end of the replacement there's black screen...

now...
currently im "working" on "text mode"(Full multiuser mode) with no internet (i need to use wireless)

my laptop: hp pavillion dv6102eu amd sempron 1.8ghz | nvidia geforce 6150.

i have downloaded the nvidia driver for linux32, the file is .run type
but i need to get my diskonkey working in "text mode"(Full multiuser mode) and access to it.
how can i do it?
any help would be very appreciated?
including other ideas and suggestions...

tnx!
btw how can i upload pics in this thread?

Last edited by rock0night; 03-20-2008 at 03:57 PM.
 
Old 03-21-2008, 07:07 AM   #2
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well...
succided to enter and mount my usb flash storage and
i started the driver installation:

"no precompiled kernel interface was found to match your
kernel : would you like the installer to attempt to
download a kernel interface for your kernel
from the NVIDIA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)?"

i pressed "yes"

and then :
"no matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the
NVIDIA ftp site: this means that the installer will need
to compile a kernel interface for your kernel."

i pressed "ok"

and then :

"ERROR : Unable to find the kernel source tree for the
currently running kernel. Please make sure you have
installed the kernel source files for your kernel and that they
are prperly configured ; on Red Hat Linux systems ,
for example, be sure you have the 'kernel source' or
'kernel-devel' rpm installed. if you know the correct
kernel source files are installed, you may specify the kernel
source path with the '--kernel-source-path' command
line option"

i pressed "ok"

"ERROR: Installation has faild. please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. you may
find suggestions on fixing installation problems in
the README available on the Linux driver download
page at www.nvidia.com.

i pressed "ok"

what to do???? help
need help because im using the multiuser mode and cant access
the graphical mode.

btw: the installation was with internet connection... i think....
im counting on the message "eth0 ip determine [ ok ]"

and one more question: how can i start linux on "safe mode"?
maybe this will let me access to the basic grphical mode ?
 
Old 03-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
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Well the first thing you need to do is install the kernel-devel package which I think is on the RHEL 5 cd's/DVD these are the kernel headers required for building the Nvidia driver for your running kernel - Hence why the driver build failed when you ran the Nvidia script. If you can't find the package on your install media you can use yum to get it off the web #yum install kernel-devel

once thats installed I would recommend disabling SELINUX before the install #setenforce 0

It's been a while since I have done this but theres loads of instructions out there that should help. If you get further problems just good the error that forces the script to fail.
 
Old 03-21-2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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i found the files from the installation cds !

kernel-devel-2.6.18-8.el5.i686.rpm
and
kernel-headers-2.6.18-8.el5.i386.rpm

are those correct?
and what to install first?

now how do i execut in text mode? (do i need to use "sh" like .run file type?)

thank you very much for your support!
 
Old 03-22-2008, 06:57 AM   #5
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To install use rpm -ivf filepathandname.rpm

Also during the install does it prompt you for the correct kernel source path? They might have changed the driver since I last used it and your error sounds like you need to specify it from the command with a switch.

Anyway I think the kernel source can be found in /usr/src/kernels/"kernel ver" but they may have changed it from RHEL5 to the later Fedora versions I use, so that may take a bit of searching.
 
Old 03-22-2008, 11:20 AM   #6
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i used the command --kernel-source-path /usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-8.el5-i686
and this error came but, beside that there is progress ... i saw the kernel build percents...
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Old 03-23-2008, 03:31 AM   #7
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nobody help

maybe i try mandriva 2008 ?
what do you say about that linux?

i think it compatible with my computer.
 
Old 03-23-2008, 07:12 AM   #8
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You need to install the kernel headers that exactly match your running kernel.
Find out your running kernel version with uname -a
Then install the headers that match it, and try again.

I haven't used RHEL, but newbies generally have an easy time installing, configuring and running kubuntu 6.0.6
You can get it here: http://www.kubuntu.org/download.php#lts
 
Old 03-27-2008, 06:25 AM   #9
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If you have the correct headers for your running kernel and have pointed the installer to the correct location I see no reason why it shouldn't work/build, But to be honest I have never used RHEL on a laptop or desktop system (server only) I would recommend you download the live CD of Fedora 8 (which is RH based - i.e RHEL5 is almost identical to Fedora 6) and if that boots in to X with no problem you can check the config's there (RH do have there own nvidia compatible driver which you could try using). Then should you wish to remain Redhat based at the core of your OS you could use Fedora 8 which will make things a lot easier for you and you can use pre built nvidia drivers packages from places like livna. Just another thought
 
Old 03-28-2008, 11:43 AM   #10
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hey

i successfully installed mandriva pwp 2008 !!!!

but like always there is problem (gladly just one)

there is no internet connection...
im using wireless
and it cant detect my network card
please help me
my card (built-in) broadcom 4311
tnx
 
Old 03-28-2008, 01:35 PM   #11
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Quote:
my card (built-in) broadcom 4311
You'll need the bcm43xx module, and for this to work, you also need to extract the microcode from the windows driver. The utility to do this is called bcm43xx-fwcutter. If you have further problems with this, maybe start a new (and appropriately titled) thread.
 
  


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