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Old 12-08-2003, 01:55 PM   #1
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No one can solve my problem


I am starting to repeat myself a little bit but that is because i have become desperate. I installed redhat9 on my laptop. When i booted it up the screen began scrolling very quickly. Apparently this is supposed to happen. Unfortunately mine will not stop scrolling. It is moving very fast though i don't think there are any error messages.

I have got to my desktop(Gnome) once by pressing I at startup to enter interactive startup. While on my desktop i opened the command shell and tryed changing the run level from 5 to 3 (someones advice) but unfortunately this made no difference. Every time i reboot it starts scrolling uncontrollably.

I have reinstalled a lot of times.

Are there any options i could pass to the kernel when installing in text mode.
I have tried putting "single" after kernel at login screen.

I have gone into rescue with my installation cd and typed "startx" but i got fatal server error messages.

I hope i have explained the problem clearly. I am in dire need of help with this.

Thankyou.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:00 PM   #2
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Try switching to Slackware. It's not as hard as people make it out to be and I've had less problems using it than when I was using Red Hat 9. Another thing: can you get to a command line prompt at all? If so, login, type 'dmesg' and post the output of that to here. Together, we'll get Linux working for you!
 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:00 PM   #3
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Does it fill your screen with some sort of warning/error message?
I'm guessing it's some sort of service starting at your default runlevel causing this.

Try making this change to your /etc/inittab as root (when you're in single mode).

# The default runlevel is defined here
id:5:initdefault:

Replace the 5 with a 3, to change the default runlevel to 3 instead of 5.

Last edited by darkfame; 12-08-2003 at 02:02 PM.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:02 PM   #4
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I have tried that but it did no good. Thanks anyway.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:07 PM   #5
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Could you give us some of the text that outputs on your screen?
It would surely help alot!
 
Old 12-08-2003, 02:13 PM   #6
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I was told to try the command 'dmesg' earlier and it came out something like this:
ieee1394: SelfID completion called outside of bus reset!
ieee1394: Host added: Node[00:1023] GUID[00004ce0365dc1a6] [Linux OHCI-1394]
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
scsi0 : SCSI host adaptor emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
lp driver loaded but no devices found
sis900.c
divert: allocating divert_blk for eth0
eth0 realtek rtl8201 phy transceiver found at address 1
eth0: using transceiver found at address 1 as default
eth0: sis 900 pci fast ethernet at 0x1800, irq 4, 00:30:13:5d:c1:a6.

When the screen is scrolling it looks something like this:
[<c018cded>]csi_J [kernel] 0x69 (0xcdeda176)
 
  


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