LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-29-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
aramvn
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
installing linux -A nagging graphics problem


I am trying to install linux on a PC, not exactly very old. I have PIV 1.6 Ghz with 1 GB RAM with Savage4 card, I think. When I try to install some of the distros like Ubuntu or its variants particularly, there is a common problem. After installation i am not able to get into usual graphical boot screen and the monitor lights keep blinking and no display on the monitor. Is it necessary that i give some boot parameters while booting? If so, what is that instruction like? ... 'vga=vesa|normal' or resolution modes of my monitor?
 
Old 10-29-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
macemoneta
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Distribution: Fedora x86 and x86_64, Debian PPC and ARM, Android
Posts: 4,593
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 332Reputation: 332Reputation: 332Reputation: 332
The Savage4 is a 12 year old graphics card, from a company that sold off it's business in 2001 to Via. Perhaps it's time to splurge $40 on an Nvidia PCI card?
 
Old 10-29-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
arizonagroovejet
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: England
Distribution: openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS
Posts: 1,078

Rep: Reputation: 195Reputation: 195
Quote:
Originally Posted by aramvn View Post
I have PIV 1.6 Ghz with 1 GB RAM with Savage4 card, I think.
Don't think, know.
Code:
$ /sbin/lspci -nn
For more detailed information try lshw, which is probably in the repos of whatever distro you're using.

If you can't see anything on screen when the PC boots, wait until you're sure it's booted then try pressing ctrl-alt-f1. That might give you a console login.

I can appreciate if you don't want to spend money on the machine but it might be worth seeing if you can scrounge a newer video card from somewhere, or buy one cheap second hand.
 
Old 10-29-2011, 04:30 PM   #4
RockDoctor
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Minnesota, US
Distribution: Fedora, Linux Mint, Ubuntu
Posts: 1,504

Rep: Reputation: 325Reputation: 325Reputation: 325Reputation: 325
I think nomodeset would be the appropriate parameter. Another option is to create an xorg.conf file, and to specify the vesa driver.
 
Old 10-30-2011, 07:13 AM   #5
cascade9
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Brisneyland
Distribution: Debian, aptosid
Posts: 3,718

Rep: Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906Reputation: 906
I'd guess its a S3 'chrome' series, not a S3 savage4. The 'chrome' series is far more likely to have problems with linux than the old savage.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem installing Intel Graphics driver on Scientific Linux 5 [RHEL5] n-david Linux - Hardware 1 12-12-2007 08:55 AM
LXer: BEAT TeH L33T - Challenge some of Linux's Best With Your Most Nagging Problems LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 01-25-2007 05:54 PM
nagging problem --sharing USB drive with Windows for read/write 1kyle SUSE / openSUSE 2 09-25-2005 04:35 AM
GCC 2.95 nagging installation problem cutesneakers Linux - Software 2 04-13-2005 08:40 AM
Problem Installing Graphics Card Japan Lnx Mandriva 17 01-22-2005 10:30 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:12 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration