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I now have Mandrake Linux installed. I boot the box, and Linux goes through all its checks and everything, but then... nothing. I am faced with the "black glow" of an empty screen. I have no idea where what went wrong or anything (or maybe nothing did, and I'm supposed to imagine things on the screen, lol), but I'm hoping that somebody here can give me some insight.
well boot to text mode by any means necessary, for example rescue disk, boot disk, etc....
and re-run xf86config and set up X manually...it seems to be a misconfigured video card or monitor...
before going into it i will note some things you must know just in case you didn't do it before..so the things to take into consideration are:
video card type
video card memory
monitor vertical and horizontal frequencies
besides them main things you should know, you will get asked questions such as your keyboard and mouse...but other than that, that is all that is to it..
and again, this may not even be the problem, but there is a good chance it is, so give it a go and see if you succeed ;-)
Thanks for your reply DrOzz. I have now booted into Mandrake by selecting a different boot option on startup. The default is "Linux-secure", and I changed it to "Linux". What's the difference in this? Am I not supposed to be able to see anything in Linux-secure?
well i don't use mandy, and to my knowledge i don't have that option on my distro, but i don't see why you can't boot into it, but maybe thats how it is setup...all i can tell you is, is that its plain and simple a secure version of the kernel that boots, for use with servers...look at [url=http://grsecurity.net/features.php] to see its features if your really interested..
I switched ethernet ports on the box, and then suddenly I got "connected". Or so I assume, because GNOME said so... but yeah, then everything freezes up on me. When I restart, I still can't move my mouse. All because I just switched my ethernet port??? wtf is going on here??