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I just finished my first install of Red Hat 9. I've never really used linux before but I do have a very mild understanding of UNIX. When I tried to install RH9, I could not launch graphic mode. It would detect my keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc., as well as load the generic video driver. Then my screen would go black and the monitor button would go orange, indicating no signal. I successfully installed in text mode, and when it restarted it saw the install and I selected it. However, it again lost the video signal.
I have searched forums and tried different things, like launching linux rescue and typing "lowres" in the "boot:" section. I also tried "resolution=1280x1024" as well as variants with different resolutions. That didn't work at all. I also tried "redhat-config-xfree86" in the shell, and that didn't seem to do anything.
Just for kicks, I booted FeatherLinux from CD and it worked without a hitch.
My goal is to install Maya and use my machine as an animation workstation, and per Alias' website, Maya needs Red Hat 9.
I'm kinda curious about Linux and Red Hat, so it would be neat to get it running. Especially cause I'm so sick of Windows. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
The thing is, I can't even boot into anything. I can get into rescue mode, in which there is no "inittab" file. When I first go to install Red Hat, if I choose "install in graphical mode", I loose my video signal. After successfully (I think) installing in text mode, there is no graphical mode on reboot. This is all on Red Hat's generic video driver. I can't log in as root anywhere other than rescue mode, because I can't get to any login screens. Shouldn't Red Hat at least boot into graphical mode on an install with a generic video driver? If not, how in the hell do they expect people to migrate from windows when this stuff happens?
Thanks for the Maya link! Also, thanks for the path to inittab, I found it! However, the default is already at 5. I rebooted again without rescue, and here's what happened:
I did get the Grub screen, with a found version of Red Hat. After 5 or so seconds, it begins to boot the OS. There is a long list of text with things its finding and loading with lots of [ OK ]'s. I see a "welcome to Red Hat Linux" line, along with other things like "found firewire", "found soundcard", etc. After a while it says something like, "initializing firstboot". Then the screen goes blank and there is no video signal.
Hopefully this gives you a better clue as to whats happening. Thanks again.
Ok...I feel like we're almost there. Thank you so much for your help so far. I changed the inittab and booted up into the console. However, now my problem is how to get the video drivers onto the machine and installed. I noticed that the "mnt" directory holds the cdrom, so I downloaded the drivers to my windows laptop and burned a cd. When I went into the /mnt/cdrom directory, I did not see a listing of my files. Any suggestions?