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Old 09-12-2003, 02:41 PM   #1
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Get into text mode


Well, im having horrible problems trying to get RedHat 9 working at all. I know its something to do with my monitors refresh rates and hsync (I probably set them wrong). But, the problem I have is I cannot do xf86config because I cannot get into text mode. As soon as it shows all those [ OK ] on the right side, it tries to go into the gui, I notice a blueish white type of horisontal jibberjabber (im guessing thats my linux desktop)...

But, what im guessing is I have to get into the root from text mode and then run xf86config and set the stuff up again. I tried ctrl+alt+f1 and it lets me type, but it doesnt show anything about root, I can just type (on a blank screen), and ctrl+alt+f2 is the same except I cannot type.

Can someone help me get into text mode and help me fix my video problem?

Thanks in advance,
Matthew
 
Old 09-12-2003, 03:12 PM   #2
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Boot the system in to single-user mode. (Follow the steps from the document below).
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...ng-single.html

To make Linux always boot in Text mode, you will need to edit /etc/inittab
Code:
id:3:initdefault:
You can change the X server configuration by editing /etc/X11/XF86Config
 
Old 09-12-2003, 03:43 PM   #3
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I dont use a boot manager, I use windows XP on my main partition, it loads defaultly, how I boot into Linux is I use my RedHat 9 bootdisk, and it loads it for me.

so, im guessing when it asks you to press <return> to load linux, I type in 'linux single' instead of just pressing <return> ?

Anway, Ill give it a whirl, thanks
 
Old 09-12-2003, 04:17 PM   #4
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well, I got into single mode... or at least I think I did, the prompt looks like this:
sh-2.08#:
so, I tried typing in 'xf86config' and nothing happened, it just said some crap like not a command.
I did 'cd root' and then tried xf86config and nothing happened (except change to the root directory)

Can you please post more info on how to change my videosettings...

PS: I use RedHat 9


Thanks,
Matthew
 
Old 09-12-2003, 07:03 PM   #5
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Yes, that prompt is single-user mode (runlevel 1).

xf86config is not part of the RedHat 9 distribution.

So, you can try to use redhat-config-xfree86 (but it is a GUI).
Or edit /etc/X11/XF86Config (X server configuration file).

Last edited by Mathieu; 09-12-2003 at 07:04 PM.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:02 PM   #6
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Ok, well, I set the stuff up for my monitor, but now I gotta set up my video.

I tried device = "NVIDIA GeForceFX (Generic)"
but I dont think thats typed right.

I have a GeForce FX 5200, how would I set up the video part to load the generic driver? (cause VESA isnt working)
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:26 PM   #7
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The NVIDIA driver is called nv, so your videocard section should look something like this:
Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "nv"
        VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
        BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
        VideoRam    131072
EndSection
Note: I am not 100% sure that the videoram is 128MB.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 09:38 PM   #8
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You sir... are god

It works so excellently...

Thanks alot for your help.


(now to get network up and running)


my god YAYAYAYAY D:FSLDF SLL:SDF LK:JAYELRJDS EXCELLENT BLEHA LKD :!
 
Old 10-19-2003, 02:21 AM   #9
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Ok I tried using the "nv" but I get this error when I run startx:
NV: driver for NVIDIA chipsets: RIVA128, RIVATNT, GeForce MX DRR, etc

the list of nVIDIA chipsets didn't include the GeForce FX, so I guess that is the problem.... how do I get GeForce FX included so it WORKS...

I'm using debian/woody w/ 2.4.18-k7

Maybe sid will have it... but then I have to wait till I setup my mirror...
 
  


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