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I have managed to successfully install SuSE 9.1, after a hurdle or two. So the system is loaded and it comes up, but at a terrible resolution, giving me the same message that somebody else on this board asked about (but never received an answer to): "Your monitor didn't report its X- and Y-Size, this might cause display problems like unreadable fonts. Do you want to configure your monitor geometry manually? I would click yes, enter the password to do so and then the screen goes blank. After a couple of times of this, I clicked no and found the monitor settings manually, but still, after I entered my password, the screen went black again. It takes a complete shut down and reboot to bring it back again.
How do I fix hurdle number three in my Linux career?
Do you have a dual head video card. I'm wondering if the video is being sent to the other video output? If so, call sax with a --help argument. There may be an argument you can use that will start sax on the video output you want.
Do you mean dual head as in a two monitor output? If so, yes, though when I installed Linux, I disconnected the second monitor (though not the video card). I figured I could always tackle the dual monitor problem later, once I got the single monitor problem fixed.
I bet that if you hook up the second monitor you will see the display.
When you say as soon as I enter my password, are you talking about the root password needed to run the configuration program, or are you saying that as soon as you enter the password to log in?
On my HP laptop, SuSE didn't have a '1280x800' selection. Googling, I found the modeline entries that a similar Dell laptop used.
Sometimes starting with the 'vesa' driver in the XF86Config file and using a resolution of '1024x786' which nearly all monitors can display is a good starting point at a usable system until you can update the video card driver and nail down the settings for your monitor.