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Old 06-11-2009, 03:20 PM   #16
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i cant see the GRUB screen. the last thing i see is after the bios i see a black screen with some text but its gone so fast i cant read it much. i only catch the first few characters and they vary from distro to distro usually 'isolink'(or something) or 'sys'
 
Old 06-11-2009, 03:25 PM   #17
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i dont see the grub screen at all unless the blurry screen is the grub screen. i see nothing after bios maybe a brief txt that i dont catch and then the blurry screen

srry my computer froze for a moment and thought the first post didnt go up.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:35 PM   #18
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I'm baffled, try to get into the BIOS before it boots, usually esc button or delete or f1 etc
in bios choose to boot from cd or usb first, then hd
have you ever messed with the BIOS settings/?
 
Old 06-11-2009, 03:38 PM   #19
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i already did that. if im trying from usb i boot from usb or boot from cd if im using i live cd
 
Old 06-11-2009, 03:46 PM   #20
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ok, it may be that voodoo card
 
Old 06-11-2009, 03:56 PM   #21
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ugh! i was hoping that would not be the case. i use the card on windows xp and play many games at max video setting like Age of Mythology and Age of Mythology: The Titans expansion and they run fine. i know the card is not the best but i really was doubting that it was the problem but i guess it must be.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 03:56 PM   #22
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Do you have any other computer available to you that you could try booting the CD in? Before concluding something is very strange about the display card in your PC, it would be nice to know how the Linux liveCD behaves in a more ordinary computer.

Another approach is to display a top level directory of the CD in Windows. If something is subtly wrong with the CD, that won't tell us much, but if it is seriously wrong, that should be obvious.

I just now put my Mepis 8.0 CD in my Windows CD drive. I never noticed before that the Mepis CD has a Windows autorun and brings up documentation to reassure and help the newb's when you insert it while Windows is running. Anyway I closed out of that and opened a command prompt and typed dir R: (because the CD on this computer is drive R). I got:
Code:
 Volume in drive R is SimplyMEPIS-CD_8
 Volume Serial Number is C755-959B

 Directory of R:\

02/15/2009  08:02 PM    <DIR>          OSX
01/13/2009  02:39 AM               871 autorun
01/13/2009  02:29 AM                56 autorun.bat
01/13/2009  02:25 AM                43 autorun.inf
02/18/2009  11:51 AM    <DIR>          boot
02/21/2009  11:18 PM             2,048 boot.catalog
01/23/2004  02:22 PM               894 cdrom.ico
08/13/2007  10:46 PM    <DIR>          docs
02/14/2009  02:31 PM    <DIR>          info
02/21/2009  11:15 PM    <DIR>          mepis
02/21/2009  11:18 PM               106 version
               6 File(s)          4,018 bytes
               5 Dir(s)               0 bytes free
Since you have a liveCD that isn't Mepis 8.0, your display wouldn't look exactly like that. But I think most of us could tell from a directory like that whether you seem to have a correct liveCD or whether you made some big error in the way you burned the .iso file to CD.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 04:06 PM   #23
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is there a way i can copy/paste the results of the command promt? also i have access to two other pc's though they are not mine and would not be able to install linux on them.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 04:23 PM   #24
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Volume in drive E is Linux Mint 7 Glo
Volume Serial Number is D415-E350

Directory of E:\

04/20/2009 10:30 AM <DIR> .disk
04/24/2009 04:06 AM 42 autorun.inf
05/20/2009 04:09 AM <DIR> casper
06/03/2008 05:52 PM <DIR> drivers
04/26/2009 12:13 PM <DIR> isolinux
04/24/2009 12:50 AM 172,906 lmmenu.exe
05/20/2009 04:12 AM 1,597 md5sum.txt
04/24/2009 12:37 AM 1,076,812 mint4win.exe
11/08/2008 06:22 AM <DIR> preseed
4 File(s) 1,251,357 bytes
5 Dir(s) 0 bytes free

The results. i figured out how to do it.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 04:24 PM   #25
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Edit: You posted the result while I was typing. That dir looks good, so I think it is nearly certain you burned the CD correctly.

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i have access to two other pc's though they are not mine and would not be able to install linux on them.
I didn't suggest installing Linux, just rebooting into the installer to see if the CD boots and the display works.

Those Linux install CDs don't install Linux as soon as they boot. There is a significant amount of dialog to get through before they do anything to the hard drive.

I was suggesting you boot the CD just to see if it starts right.

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is there a way i can copy/paste the results of the command promt?
Details depend on how you have it configured. What I did was

1) Right click in the window and select Mark from the context menu.

2) Left drag to highlight a rectangle in the window including everything I wanted to copy.

3) Press the Enter key on the keypad to copy to the clipboard.

4) paste into my post with a normal ^v.

Depending on how things are configured, steps 1 and/or 3 above may require left click on the icon at the left of the window's title bar, then click on edit then select Mark and Copy from there.

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Old 06-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #26
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it works on the other pc i tried it on. after bios i got a green screen saying 'autoboot in 9 seconds' and i shut it down. i guess its my video card it has to be.
 
Old 06-11-2009, 04:55 PM   #27
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i got the live cd running from my onboard video card now i get stuck at this black loading... screen. What now?

p.s linux mint 7

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