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Old 09-08-2007, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Black Login Screen on CentOS 5


Hello all

Let me begin by saying I am a complete newbie to Linux and need some help. I am trying to install CentOS 5 x32 my newly purchased HP DV9208nr. Its a dual boot configuration with XP Pro on one partition and Linux on the other.

Here is where I need help: I can't see the login screen on my laptop.

Everything looks fine when CentOS is loading until I get to the login screen where everything just slowly fades to black and I'm left with just a black screen. I can't see anything or do anything. I tried entering username and PW (to see if I can do anything all) and nothing happens. I'm not sure what is going on. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-08-2007, 08:29 PM   #2
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When the grub splash screen is displayed press the 'Esc' key. Select the Linux (CentOS5) boot choice and press the 'e' key. Select the kernel line and press the 'e' key again, at the end of the line add a space followed by the number three (3). When done press the enter key followed by the 'b' key, when the system is done booting log on as root and type;

rpm -Uhv http://apt.sw.be/packages/rpmforge-r...l5.rf.i386.rpm
yum install nvidia-x11-drv
system-config-display --reconfig --set-depth=24 --set-driver=nivida

Reboot the system by pressing the three key combo of Ctrl+Alt+Del
 
Old 09-09-2007, 12:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time to assist me.

I am having issues with this command line:

rpm -Uhv http://apt.sw.be/packages/rpmforge-r...l5.rf.i386.rpm

I'm assuming this command is downloading something? However I always receive a fail download. I have tried this over and over waiting for something to say "success" but yet it's always "failed....."

Thanks!
 
Old 09-09-2007, 03:05 AM   #4
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Sorry about that, I typed in the wrong URL.

I did come across a new problem.

Now the notebook will freeze at random points during the installation process (yum install nvidia-x11-drv). There is nothing I can do when it freezes and a power cycle is the only way out. I also have tried this several times with no luck. Again any help is greatly appreciated.


Thanks!
 
Old 09-09-2007, 12:00 PM   #5
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Are typing the yum install command from runlevel 3 (init 3)????

It may not be locked up, yum may be locating all the other packages needed including OS updates.

Try this first: yum check-update
 
  


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