gui problem on laptop
Here was my strategy for installing FC4 on my Compaq nx6110 laptop:
1. resize the current ntfs partition (which was 100% of the disk) to allow for the FC4 OS. For this I used the Knoppix live cd and did it with QTparted.
2. install FC4 from the 4 cd's I had made from the iso's.
When I tried to boot with the Knoppix live cd, it would go through all the text boot stuff then never load the gui and just hang with a blank screen. I figured out it was a framebuffer problem and when I used the "fb1280x1024" option it worked fine. Then I proceeded to resize my ntfs partition.
When I tried to boot from disk 1 of the FC4 OS, I had the same problem....no gui, so I went ahead and installed using "linux text". Now when I try to boot my FC4 OS I can't get to the gui, it will just hang with a blank screen. So I figured it was the framebuffer issue again...after some digging on the net I found out that the option "vga=794" is that same as setting the framebuffer to 1280x1024, which worked for me in Knoppix, but it didn't...what am I doing wrong?
Here is how I add the vga option...I press 'e' to edit the kernel command and then just put "vga=794" at then end of it and push 'b' to boot from it, but it's still not loading the gui...are there any other options I can try?
After booting up a few minutes ago and watching the text shoot up the screen then go blank, yet again, I get the inclination to log in with my root account and password then I see HD activity again but nothing still on the screen....so I go over to a CRT and plug it in and press the function to go to an external monitor on my laptop and it works! Then I press the function again to go back to my LCD and that works! So now I can run the gui on my laptop only after switching to an external CRT then back to my LCD!?!?!