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Old 11-20-2005, 06:32 AM   #1
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Out of range, Linux wont start


Hey guys im super new to this whole Linux deal. My buddy said i should try it out and i saw a linux 5 disk set on ebay and I bought it. It installed great and when i started Linux up for the First time the monitor went blank then a monitor box popped up and says Attention out of range h89.5 v86.6 Now i know thats my refresh rate but i have no idea how to change it. So i saw that someone said reinstall and change it when you installing. tryed but it wouldnt change. I can hear linux load up i think (the music plays). but i still see the out of range thing. PLEASE HELP ME.... Im really new to linux and i dont know squat about it so please be detailed.
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Brand New Envision EFT920 monitor
Gforce 9600 AGP 256 VGA
ESC 64Bit Gforce3-a Socket 754 motherboard (K8HT1600)
AMD 2600+ processor
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Old 11-20-2005, 06:52 AM   #2
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what linux distribution did you install? *this can help us, helping you in a more detailed way, as you don't know much about linux*
 
Old 11-20-2005, 07:49 AM   #3
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As you mentioned you have to change your refreshrates... the configuration file that holds this is xorg.conf or xf86.conf (depends on what X server you use) in /etc/X11.

Since your screen isn't showing anything it's necessary to switch to a lower runlevel without X running. To do so press Alt+F2. You can edit the configfile with vi (read the man pages to learn how) then.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:08 PM   #4
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How would I know what version im using... I know it's not red hat...What should i look for while it's loading up to decipher this. When the screen is loading i see that it says SUSE Linux 9.3....
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:24 PM   #5
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Doesn't SuSE give you the choice of "failsafe" boot when you turn your PC on? You can use it to enter the system and modify the file /etc/X11/XFree86 ... (ups, forgot the last part of the name of the file :/). To edit the file you can use any editor that you have installed. "vi" surely is there, but I recommend you to try "joe" or "emacs" (in that order) first. Once you are editing the file, look where the ratios are set and change them. To exit emacs press control+c and then control+x (it will ask you to save the changes). Then reboot...

Hope this helps. Good luck!
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:34 PM   #6
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How would I know what version im using... I know it's not red hat...What should i look for while it's loading up to decipher this. When the screen is loading i see that it says SUSE Linux 9.3....
You are using SUSE 9.3

You will need to read the documentation for you monitor to find out the horizontal sync and vertical refresh rates that your monitor supports.

You may find you need to press ctrl+alt+F2 rather than just alt+F2 to get to a terminal, then log in as root and then edit your X config file, maybe a SUSE user can tell you whether SUSE9.3 uses Xorg or XFree86 and tell us the location of the X config file. You then need to find the monitor section and adjust the HorizSync and VertRefresh values to suit your monitor, then reboot.

I also suggest you print out a 'cheat sheet' for vi before doing this so you can actually edit and save the file, or learn how to use any other text editor you may prefer.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:56 PM   #7
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OK I logged on in failsafe mode I can get as far as when it says what file i want to write to. But i dont know what file i should write to. I have tryed xorg.conf but it wont write to that file
quote: mike@linux:/ect/X11>
and XF86Config is a program not a file???? i think
IM SO LOST
 
Old 11-20-2005, 01:04 PM   #8
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Try this:

1. Boot into failsafe.

2. Type: su - root

3. Yype in your root password.

4. Type: sax2

5. Change the resolution of your monitor (1024x768 works best), save, and exit.

6. Reboot.

Hope this helps. Welcome to the world of free software!
 
Old 11-20-2005, 04:27 PM   #9
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ok i tryed the su - root then sax2 and it loaded something, then it went straight to the out of range again. What should i do now.

Last edited by ogminks; 11-20-2005 at 10:41 PM.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 10:42 PM   #10
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someone please help i really need a computer for school.
 
Old 11-21-2005, 02:00 AM   #11
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Originally posted by ogminks
OK I logged on in failsafe mode I can get as far as when it says what file i want to write to. But i dont know what file i should write to. I have tryed xorg.conf but it wont write to that file
quote: mike@linux:/ect/X11>
and XF86Config is a program not a file???? i think
IM SO LOST
You're so almost there !

You forgot to type: su root
You have to be root to edit xf86config (no caps as we like it) or xfree86.conf (I don't know which of the two but you'll find out)
XF86Config (with the caps) is indeed a program... why don't you try it... it never hurts to try things...
 
Old 11-21-2005, 03:22 AM   #12
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Just a variation on the theme

1. Boot into failsafe.

2. Type:
su

3. Type in your root password.

4. Type: yast

5. Change the resolution of your monitor (1024x768 works best), save, and exit.
and refresh rate if you can

6. Reboot.

if you go the vi way (type
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf I think the file is
/etc/X11/xorg.conf (oer maybe xfree86.conf or Xorg.conf case sensitive)

Look for the line about resfresh rate, use a lower refresh rate
 
  


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