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Old 03-14-2004, 03:20 AM   #1
sooperspook
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problem installing RedHat 9


Ok. new pc, AMD XP2600, 512 mb RAM, 80 Gb HDD, and Albatron 128 mb GeForce FX5200.
i'm trying to install redHat 9. starts off ok. using the Graphic interface, anaconda starts up, detects my monitor and stuff ok. the it sayd its loading x server then the monitor goes blank. anyone got ideas?
 
Old 03-14-2004, 04:30 AM   #2
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Yep, the most annoying newbie problem, setting up the X server. Two options. One, you can log into the command line and run (as root) "xf86cfg -textmode" and adjust your settings appropriately.

Of course, this may all be greek to you, especially if you've only used a GUI version of windows/apple. The other options are to drop in your install disk, hope there's an option for rerunning the setup so you can reconfigure your monitor/video card. For most people, it will be easier to run the install again. Select a lower monitor value, then adjust it upwards when you're more comfortable with the system.

For the record, you'll kick yourself when you realize how minor this problem is to fix. Also for the record, it's frustrating as hell, no?
 
Old 03-14-2004, 05:16 AM   #3
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frustrating is ...mild... to what i've called the sodding thing.

and youre right. i am only used to GUI (windoze etc..)

thanks but. i'll giv eit a go and let you kno how it works out.
 
Old 03-24-2004, 03:58 PM   #4
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Re: problem installing RedHat 9

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Originally posted by sooperspook
Ok. new pc, AMD XP2600, 512 mb RAM, 80 Gb HDD, and Albatron 128 mb GeForce FX5200.
i'm trying to install redHat 9. starts off ok. using the Graphic interface, anaconda starts up, detects my monitor and stuff ok. the it sayd its loading x server then the monitor goes blank. anyone got ideas?

i have exactly the same problem ..... it is frustrating!!!!!

can somebody please post how to adjust the setting in "xf86cfg -textmode" cause i am really new here and i tried and i couldnt, so please someone with patience help me!!!!! i am desperated!!!!
 
Old 03-24-2004, 09:11 PM   #5
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i have exactly the same problem ..... it is frustrating!!!!!
Every problem is unique because every hardware configuration is more or less, unique compared to others.

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Originally posted by morado
can somebody please post how to adjust the setting in "xf86cfg -textmode" cause i am really new here and i tried and i couldnt, so please someone with patience help me!!!!! i am desperated!!!!
First, don't forget to do a search both on google and on this forum : this problem is so frequent that you really should get some useful technical answers even before someone take the time to post here a tutorial or a FAQ concerning this frustrating problem of how to get a "windows like" interface on linuxes (or BSD) boxes.

Also, try to answer these questions :

------What is your hardware configuration? Do you know the details of your graphic card?

------And what linux distribution do you plan to install?

If it is RedHat 8.0 or 9.0 or SUSE 9.0 and probably Mandrake it should be easy to configure the graphics settings during the install.

So you may reinstall your linux distribution IN TEXTMODE if allowed and select VGA, 640 X 480, 256 colors (so the minimum for almost every PC).

Then if it works and you get a minimal graphical interface, then try to change the settings for a better GUI using any configuration program you'll find (the one from SUSE was very useful so I managed to get a better resolution and so on AFTER the install). On RedHat/KDE from the programs menu, try System parameters\Display\

GUI is not indeed the most important in linux world (if it is then why change for linux if you only plan to use it as a "windows clone"?) but for newbies -and I'm one of them- it's easier to learn when you're not totally lost and can access internet and so on. First, Gnome or KDE and internet access then textmode, commands and so on. First, SUSE, RedHat or Mandrake and then Debian or Slackware, and then BSD...

As Descartes said, start from what is simple and then go step by step towards what is complex (and not the contrary)...

Hope this helps !

Oh, and "xf86cfg -textmode" from the command line in the terminal, logged as root doesn't work for me (redhat 8.0) : fortunately I have no problem on this side :-)

Last edited by xbbd; 03-24-2004 at 09:12 PM.
 
Old 03-24-2004, 09:52 PM   #6
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Helpful tip:

When X is failing to start, hit Ctrl-Alt-Backspace (not Delete!). That will drop you to a command line, at which point you can at least try to fix the problem.
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:51 PM   #7
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I have exactly the same problem. But I finally successfully installed.

http://lifeasprogrammer.blogspot.com.../redhat-9.html
 
  


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