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Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Athlon 64 x 2 TK-55 (1.8GHz/512KB)
ATI RADEON Xpress1150 with 256MB HyperMemory
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card (54Mbps)
and I installed openSuse 10.3 from a cd. The install went perfectly, and the screen was readable with great graphics.
But once I booted from the hard drive the first time it gave me the screen to choose normal or failsafe mode, and started correctly, but when it reached the point where I would log in, the screen became distorted and unreadable, like on a cathode ray tube. I couldn't make out the icon.
Booting into safe mode works fine, but I'm new to Linux and unfamiliar with the commands. I've read that I need to get the drivers for my video card (and wireless card), but I can't imagine the computer would be unusable without it installed.
I'm looking forward to trading in Windows for Linux, has anyone ever seen this before?
Any fix will have to be done via command line in safe mode, the GUI is unusable.