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I had a similar problem with my ATI Radeon card. I'm wondering if it might have something to do with the incompatability of the ATI cards with linux? (See previous thread) . I'm about ready to give up Hopefully someone will come up with a solution ...
I have an ATI All in Wonder 32 mg which supposedly redhat 8.0 comes with drivers for, but it might not be the exact card. The weird thing is, in testing the graphic mode everything seems to check out and I even get to the screen with the the icons in Gnome etc. When i click on something the screen locks up but the mouse is still free..
ps. It detected the vid card as a Radeon (generic) first off though..I selected it, but still froze upon booting into GUI.
I'm having the BLANK SCREEN of death problem, too, when trying to install Red Hat 8.0. And if you couldn't guess it, I'm using an older ATI All-In-Wonder Pro card.
I was originally having some problems installing it on Spare Machine #1 - it would go to start the install server and then flash to a blank screen. I figured I'd give it a try with the same hard drive, but in Spare Machine #2. The graphical installation worked perfectly fine and finished without a hitch.
I pull the hard drive and replace it into Spare Machine #1 (with the ATI card), it begins booting, loads the text startup, I login as root and enter "startx"... guess what happened?
I've been using Red Hat 7.3 on servers for awhile now and am familiar enough with it to manage what I need to... I guess I just stink at installing and troubleshooting.
So if anyone knows of a fix for this, I'd certainly appreciate some input.