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Ok i've tried to install fedora 5 on my PC. I ran the the text install because i was having problems with the Graphical install, my monitor would not display the graphics. Well i did the text install, ran root, then my password and startx to try and get the GUI to display, again my monitor will not display it properly. So now i need to restore the MBR so it boots XP up instead. I tried using the XP CD and do recovery but i get a blank screen after, recovery does the hardware check. Is there any other way to restore the MBR so XP boots up and remove fedora all together.
(1) Edit the vertical and horizontal frequencies scan rates selected by F5 to match the monitor set.
(2) Try to select a generic driver that match your video.
They are all parameters you can edit in terminal mode with /etc/X11/xorg.conf. "Startx" command to try it out. Ctrl+alt+backspace to drop from a faulty display to terminal mode. Try repeatedly until everything is fixed.
However, don't give up on Linux because of the display issues for your video card and monitor. Have you tried Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Mepis, SUSE or another distro. In my experience all of these do a better job of detecting settings. You could also try the advice of the previous poster and edit the files. I stopped playing with Fedora after the Core 3 version because it had issues that I didn't have with SUSE or Mepis.
Well you know what guys i got PClos to boot up on my PC. the installation was very simply. I got fedora removed from my pc as well. I did not give up on linux i will find one that works for me. As of right now im satsified with PClos because im a newbe and it gives me the chance to learn linux. The only problem i have is the GUI is 16bit and i have a 64 bit CPU. I would really like to take advantage of my PC's capabilites on the linux platform. Is there anyway to update to 32bit so my GUI looks a little less elimentary.
I think you need to change the DefaultDepth setting in the screen section of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf. If it says "DefaultDepth 16", then either change that 16 to a 32 or comment out that line (i.e. add a # to the beginning) and add one below it saying "DefaultDepth 32". You'll need to edit the file as root and after you're done, you'll need to restart X for the changes to take effect (Ctrl+Alt+Backspace should do that).
You are mixing 2 different things here. Screen and CPU bits. They are 2 different things. It is possible you have a card that in linux only runs in 16 bit mode (never saw it, but theoretically it is possible). About screen resolution and depth - it is almost always a pain in the rear. Here is one trick that I came up with :-) YOu start knoppix live cd. It autodetects everything, including your screen resolution. After it loads and you see that everything is ok - you copy the files that you need to your hard drive instead of the files that there are (renaming the original files of course first). I've never heard about this particular distro of linux, but I would suggest copying XF86Config file from /etc/X11 folder.