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Old 09-03-2008, 03:48 AM   #1
mrtumnus
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Xubuntu GUI not running on old Toshiba laptop


'Morning all,

Am upgrading an old PC from Fedora 1 to Xubuntu 8.04. Every time I switch on, the OS loads up, the xubuntu screen loads, the loading bar goes from left to right, the screen goes black with a flashing cursor, the cursor disappears, then the screen sits black and nothing happens. The same happens if I try to load from the live CD. I've checked the CDs and they seem fine. Loading in safe mode (indeed, installing in safe mode) has the same result.

I have tried the alternate CD, with the same result.

Am installing on a Toshiba Satellite 1800 laptop with a Pentium III processor, 132Mb RAM and 20Gb hard disk. This is more than the minimum requirements for the distro, as I understand.

When the screen goes black, the hard disk continues to spin off and on for a number of hours (I left it overnight). There is power going to the screen, but just no signal.

Any clues?

Ta
 
Old 09-04-2008, 01:55 AM   #2
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This appears to describe your problem and gives a hint as to how to work around it.
http://michaelminn.com/linux/toshiba1800/
 
Old 09-04-2008, 03:51 AM   #3
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Godlike genius!

Since I had already installed Xubuntu (and I thought it was working, just the monitor wasn't), I added Option "NoDDC" to the device section of the xorg.conf file as suggested, and it loaded up.

Many thanks, Allend (and Michael).

T.
 
Old 09-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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I must refute "Godlike genius" for it was merely a matter of entering "linux toshiba satellite 1800" into Google.
GIYF.
Glad that it now works and thanks for reporting back.
 
  


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