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Old 09-24-2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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Acer 1711 LCD monitor goes blank on SUSE installation


I am trying to install SUSE for the first time on a 64 bit computer that already runs Windows XP. I have both 10.0 and 10.1 versions on CD. When I boot from the CD using either version, I get the installation screen okay, but when I choose any of the installation options the kernel loads and my Acer AL1711 LCD monitor screen goes blank. It apparently has a signal as I don't get a "no signal" message. The computer apparently is still doing something, but I don't know what. Any ideas about how I can get the monitor to work? Thanks.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 02:21 PM   #2
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You are more than likely getting into an unsupported resolution during bootup. Several recent distros have enabled limited XWindow installation support using the generic frame buffer, but they use a less common default resolution specifier. This is esspecially true of ATI video cards and LCD monitors. Try adding "vga=788" to your boot options. This will startup in 1024x768@60hz (very common). If that still fails, you may need to install in text mode.
 
Old 09-25-2006, 08:23 PM   #3
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the above is true, i had to do that and i had the same monitor.

Good luck!
 
Old 09-26-2006, 08:41 PM   #4
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You are more than likely getting into an unsupported resolution during bootup. Several recent distros have enabled limited XWindow installation support using the generic frame buffer, but they use a less common default resolution specifier. This is esspecially true of ATI video cards and LCD monitors. Try adding "vga=788" to your boot options. This will startup in 1024x768@60hz (very common). If that still fails, you may need to install in text mode.
Thanks for the suggestion. I used the vga=788 on the installation, and I was able to install. But when I boot from the hard drive, I still loose the screen even if I put the vga=788 in the boot options. Any other suggestions. Thanks again.
 
Old 09-26-2006, 10:21 PM   #5
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If you are using an ATI video card, you'll need to swithch to the fbdev driver until you can get the ATI driver downloaded from ATI. The driver that ships with the recent releases of XWindows doesn't handle some of the newer ATI graphics chips properly.

To switch drivers, add "vga=788 3" to your boot options. This will boot into runlevel 3 (text login only). Now, login as root and run "sax2 -m 0=fbdev -ar" will rebuild your X configuration with the fbdev driver for card 0. Then you can reboot into X. Video isn't going to be nice until you download and install the ATI drivers, though.
 
  


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