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I'm a newbie using Linux and this is the first time I ever tried it, so I need some advice.
I installed Vida Linux (Gentoo 2.6.9) with the purpose of dual booting on a computer already running Windows XP SP2 (P4, 1GB Ram, NVIDIA Gforce 440 Video card, Samsung SyncMaster 550v Monitor). I installed it on a separate hard drive (6.0 GB). The installation interface recognized the video card and the monitor with no problems. I got no warning messages whatsoever during install.
Here is my problem:
After I start the computer, the OS shows a new dual boot screen with 2 options (Vida Linux and OTHER). If I select 'OTHER', it boots Windows XP just fine, but if I select the 'Vida Linux' option I get a screen that says BOOTING...Select F2 for Verbose. Everything seems to go well so far, but after that, the video monitor light blinks faster than normal and the screen turns black and then nothing happens.
I'm familiar with Windows' F8 Options, but I find myself totally lost using Linux. Is there a Linux equivalent to this? How can I make Linux boot? I would appreciate if someone could help me solve this issue.
Thank you for such a quick response syg00, I appreciate it. I just tried F2 and I got to see all the boot process steps and all were [OK] according to the right hand side status column, but unfortunately, the result was the same as mentioned earlier.
Is there another alternative to make Linux boot that you can share with me? Do you need more information to figure this out?
Originally posted by galileo2005 Your time would be better spent trying to help with the questions, not preaching netiquette!
try just posting in the newbie forum, unless it blatently belongs in another forum. I post here, because I get a MUCH faster response (and since I have only been using linux for a little bit, its ok). Have you tried reinstalling, or using another distro, it seems like X or just linux doesn't like your computer......