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When I initially installed and booted RH9 through GRUB, I would come to a blank screen. I managed to get to the 'localhost login' screen by changing a number (a 5 to a 3 or vice versa) in my inittab during a linux rescue CD boot.
So now I'm at the localhost root prompt, and I can't get anywhere. When I try to start X Win, with 'X' or 'startx', the screen goes blank.
I've seen similar posts on this topic, and I've tried to take the steps others have, but it's not working for me. Some of the things people do to get out of the blank screen after typing 'startx', like using the Ctrl-Alt-Bksp feature, don't work for me. Once I try to start X Win, it's reboot time.
I know that there's something I need to change around in configuration files, but don't know where to look and what to change. I messed with XFree86.1.log and found some WW and EE about displays and resolutions. But I didn't know how to resolve the actual problem and get things rolling. I figure it's something to do with my display hardware, which is a Dell 1800FP monitor and a NVidia GeForce FX 5200 video card.
The only good thing I can say for this mess is that it's forcing me to relearn UNIX commands I haven't used in a long, long time. All that Windows/DOS/regedit pointing and clicking has made me flabby, weak, and useless.
Please post a log (from one run). Maybe there's something interesting here. The configuration file you need to edit is /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. It's hard to say what you need to change without the logs, but browse it, compare it with the hardware configuration you have, probably some doubts?
The X server is probably set to a refresh rate that is too high for you monitor. You should be able to change it by running xf86config as root. If that doesn't work, you should try changing the xf86config file. I don't have it handy right now, but I'll find out what you have to change in a while.
I know I need to change some stuff in here, but I don't know exactly how to change it. Is there something I run to do this, or do I manually edit the XF86Config file with vi? How do I "run XF86Config"? I'm logged in as root, but when I type up 'XF86Config', nothing happens. Should I boot up on the CD, go into linux rescue, do a chroot, and then try 'XF86Config'?
If there's anything I should do that I haven't done, please give me the dummy instructions on doing it. Thanks again for your help.
Part 1 of instructions:
post distro and version of xfree.
Probably you got a version of xfree that doesn't recognize the fx5200 card.Try the 'nv' driver.That might get you going depending on the xfree version.Other than that have a look at the nvidia website and the installation instructions for the nvidia drivers there and report back.
Originally posted by dot hog
HorizSync 30,0 - 80,0
VertRefresh 56,0 - 75,0
That's what you need to change, probably. Find your monitor manual (I hope you have it somewhere) and search for a table with technical details. HorizSync and VertRefresh will be there. You need to correct the values to fit the ones in the manual.
How to edit the file? You should have editors in your system. Examples: vim, joe, pico.
If you don't know them, I recommend first try with less important file (Oh yes, /etc/X11/XF86Config is OK, too). A command to edit a file is
Find the editor you're most comfortable with (vim is not very good for a first time).
Next thing...You have standard 'vesa' driver used in the configuration. You can download accelerated driver from www.nvidia.com (GF FX is not listed as supported for generic NVIDIA driver in XFree 4.3, so you need to keep the VESA one for a moment).
When I add the No Splash option to my XF86Config (don't want to see NVidia logo every time I boot up), what header do I put it under?
I added it to the "Device" section when I first made the NVidia install and chaged my driver to "nvidia", but it didn't stick (as I saw logo when I started X Windows). Wondering if I'm putting the "Option 'No Logo' 'boolean'" in the right place.
EDIT: Left out the "no" part after "no logo". There you have it.