I installed RedHat 9 on a system that:
- has WinMe on one drive dualbooting with Win2K on a second drive (not a problem)
- has a ATI all-in-wonder Radeon PCI card in PCI slot (overriding onboard chip) (again, not a problem).
- It installed ok (no problems noticed until reboot), but one thing: it said I had an ATI Radeon 7200 and "unprobed" monitor, so i picked "ATI All-in-wonder Radeon AGP" (since it seemed a closer match than 7200 which isnt even the same chip as my card) from the list and left the "unprobed" monitor since nothing else seemed better, after all the X server that runs in the setup process (if that really is whats running) seemed okay thus far. I also punched ion the actual sync rates taken from my monitor's specs sheet.
Upon reboot it does everything OK and then the screen goes BLANK (i cant kill the X server here with ctrl-alt-backsp, just nothing happens so maybe its frozen)
- assuming th eproblem was that the driver/resolution/refresh config is out-of-range or unsupported for my monitor, so i must go back and set the graphics card to the Radeon 7200 (since the install screen's X server seemed okay with it). I tried completely reinstalling (reformatting too) from scratch but just using the default settings (radeon 7200, unprobed). but still same problem, the monitor just goes blank...
- tried to boot into the "linux rescue" and couldnt get to anything other than a shell that, using "ls" command, would only show the partitions and some other files but wouldnt let me change directories to run the "xf86config" or "xfree86setup" or get to /etc/X11/ to edit the XF86Config file.
- tried the linux startup disk but cant seem to get to a shell to do the same as i wanted to do like above.
- tried plugged into a better monitor hoping that could "catch" the odd refresh spec. no go.
- tried "upgrading" using the CD to try to get back to the video setup screen, but it just doesnt let you there it assumes everythings okay and wont let you get to taht paret again.
To sum it up:
1) is there a way to boot into a simple shell to make changes to the XF86Config file? (i already tried going into interactive startup and if i say "no" to most stuff at the end the screen still goes blank (as if its booting into X) i guess the "startx" statement isnt part of the bootup sequence?)
2) is there a way to not have it boot into the graphical X desktop by default? (i know Mandrake lets you choose that in the setup but Redhat 9 doesnt seem to let you)
3) does the install os use an xserver? (it seems to ask the same stuff that x86config gui app does) i assume that just leaving these setings as it set them (default radeon 7200) would work and i coudl at least get what the install os can get on its own, but no...