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Old 05-12-2004, 03:14 AM   #1
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Screen went blank while installing RedHat 9


G'day. During the "Graphical" installation of Red Hat 9, when it came after checking the display adapter, monitor & mouse. The screen just went blank with no further response thereafter. I then tried the "Linux Text" installation instead, it worked & the installation completed without any problem. However, when I rebooted the system, it came to the same problem. After loading & detecting some hardware devices, the monitor screen went blank & no further response thereafter. The boot mode I chose was "Graphical".
My system board is VIA P4M266A motherboard with built-in display & network cards & shared memory. RAM is 256MB DDR, Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz, Samsung 52x CD-Rom, Samsung 1.44MB Floppy drive, D-Link PCI Network card, 15" Samsung color monitor, Ps/2 mouse & Ps/2 keyboard, 40GB hardisk.
The partitions I set were as follow:
/boot = 100MB
/Swap = 512MB
/ = 20,000MB (20GB).
Please help. I thank you in advance.

Regards,
Sim.
 
Old 05-12-2004, 08:56 AM   #2
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have you checked the documentation for you monitor to make sure that you are using the correct resolution and refresh rates? i have found that this can result in what appears to be a normal boot, but when it tries to load xwindow you get a blank screen. this can normally be corrected by choosing a lower resolution and/or refresh rate, and can be done without doing a reinstallation.

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Old 05-12-2004, 10:31 AM   #3
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i had the same exact problem as you did when i installed redhat 9.0. before installing, i typed linux lowres on the prompt so it can start a graphical installation...do this if ever you reinstall it again for easier user interface. when it asked for the graphic resolution at the end of the installation, i lowered the resolution and I successfully booted Xwindows.

i hope i helped out.

goodluck!
 
Old 11-02-2004, 04:16 PM   #4
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Hi, I'm having a similar problem and wanted to expand on the original post.

Here's what happened:

Booted from CD and entered a graphical install. Probing detected the nvidia quadro fx (generic), but an unknown monitor (it's a dell 1901FP) Once it fired up the Xserver , the screen went blank.

Booted from CD and entered linux lowres graphical install, but the same thing happens. Of note, when I hit ctrl-alt-delete to reboot, the shutdown info flashes briefly and I saw that the X server started successfully.

Booted from CD and entered linux text to install. Proceeded through all the options. On X configuration, it detected video card right, and I selected a similar dell monitor with default options (24 bit color, 1280x1024, and whatever refresh rates popped up). On reboot, I get a message from the monitor that it's unable to display video mode. Being new to this, I reinstalled and provided inputs I knew it could handle, so I specified a generic monitor 1280x1024, 60 HZ; same result.

Rebooted, went into text login and ran redhat-config-xfree86. This would cause the screen to go blank as before. startx does the same. I've exhausted all the options presented in the'bible' but I'm still in a staring contest with a blank monitor, and I know I'll lose. I don't want to use windows, but....
 
Old 11-02-2004, 06:48 PM   #5
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Is your display card a built-in one? If it is, then I think you'd better try a separate non built-in display card instead.
 
Old 11-03-2004, 08:51 AM   #6
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No. It actually is a Nvidia Quadro FX 1000 card.
 
Old 11-03-2004, 09:15 AM   #7
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By any chance you aren't using SATA as the interface for your HD I've had many many problems when installing RedHat, now I use mandrake and knoppix
 
Old 11-03-2004, 11:53 AM   #8
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It's an ATA hard drive. 2.8 Ghz Xeon w/1G RAM. I'm not completely new to linux, as I have installed redhat before on different hard ware. This setup is for a machine at work, and unfortunately I don't have the option of using another distribution, as they're not approved for govt use. I'm just perplexed by this behavior and haven't found another case where even a lowres install didn't work. I'm trying to find a local guru who might be able to help. I'm certain that it will be a tiny fix, but for me it's a needle in a haystack.
 
Old 11-03-2004, 06:34 PM   #9
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As far as I have experienced, if the screen goes blank during installation, it's got to be the display adapter or the monitor. Thus, you might wanna try a different display adapter or monitor to see if it works. Good luck.
 
  


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