I just took my Dell Inspiron 5160 and wiped off Windows and installed Fedora 8. I had to do this in text mode because if I tried the graphical mode, I got an instant black screen and lock.
Fedora 8 installed just fine, and I rebooted. I can get into root but when I try to "init 5" I again get the black screen and lock. I have looked on the web for solutions and it seems that video drivers are a possible cause.
I have tried installing drivers:
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm
yum install livna-config-display-0.0.19-1.lvn8.noarch
I have tried switching the driver in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Driver "vesa" ---> "nv"
I have also tried to update:
yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" "X Software Development"
I have tried entering into X Configuarion. The tool doesn't even launch, immediately going into black screen locks. None of this fixes the problem.
I have used Fedora for quite some time but never dealt with more admin tasks. Anyone have any ideas?