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Installing Red Hat is HARD without proper video!!!
It seems that I can get most of 7.2 installed, but verifying the video, it goes crazy, line infest the screen, etc. I kinda guessed I would have issues with the install when the installation configuration began with one screen at the top left of the monitor, and a half replica horizontally chopped below, while the other area to the right was completly unused. I am using a Number Nine IV revolution, 32MB pushing a 1600sw by SGI. I have had it forever, and dare I mention that it works utilizing other OSs just fine. I have tried Mandrake 9.1 power pack, Knoppix, RedHat 7.2 and 9, and NOTHING WORKS!! I am really trying to break the realm of MS software, and get on an OS that has some substance to it, and I am having no luck. I can get the text OS for redhat fine, but I tend to need GUI pretty bad when I have no livin clue how to textually "get around" an OS. Please help, whom ever can throw a line. Just to let you know, I am aware of the XFree86, and noticed it recognized the video card when trying to install KNOPPIX. I just don't understand why I don't get any video further into the install.
I am truely sorry for not including the fact that it is an AGP video card, plugged into the 4x AGP slot on a ABIT board, using a 1.0 GHz PIII, Socket 370 of course. I have toyed with the idea of getting a Multilink adapter, but goodness they are proud of them!! very $$$$... Darned LVDS video interface for that monitor makes things not so easy to play with other devices without one. I know that LINUX is so flexible, so I figured there would be a form of "fix".
well, when I install the Red Hat 7.2, I do get through the install process, and get to the point where it finds video, and asks to to test the settings. When I take the default, the monitor goes completely wash white, and then when it reverts back to the configuration to set it lower, it is has an effect like the refresh rate just went out the window. The only way I knew (and still know) to try and repair, is to reinstall and work back to the same place again. After that, I change the res to the lowest setting, and the same thing occurs. I will take picts and post if you like....
Hmm, I'm using old video agp cards and my monitor is a really old gateway and I don't have problems with video at all. Obviously, trying different distro's of linux and changing res doesn't work so I guess there's really 2 options left:
1. Get a different (doesn't have to be new) video card
2. Change monitor.
Have you ever bought that piece of technology and found it incredibly advanced? Well, that is the same story as this monitor. I bought it new about 3 1/2 years ago, at $3400.00. It came with a video card that was out of this world unbelievable. 32MB RAM, a processor by the leading technologist in video, a real AGP card stuffed with 2D goodies. Revoultion IV AGP with LVDS out to SGI 1600SW. It was the ultimate in video liaison you have ever encountered (a sob story I'm sure). It would seem to me that any power linux user would have bought one and made it work.. I think I may just get a cheapie card, use another monitor for a moment or two, and try to get the darned thing to work under linux with whatever support I could find. I did some extensive research these last few days, and found the specific xfree86 release that included the support for this particular combo!! 4.0.2 Now, understanding computer technology (at least Microsoft), it would seem to me that the later versions of xfree86 would have included the supporting aspects of earlier versions, correct? So, a distro that claimed to have included a later version than 4.0.2 should theoretically work, no? Here is what I got from the site: XFREE86 4.0.2. Again, I ask, would later versions of XFREE86 contain that support of earlier releases? If not, how can I take what is in this informational linked document, and apply it to my situation (mode lines, etc.) In short, Twandrd, I am not much ready to give up the ghost, although it would definitely eradicate my problem!