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Old 05-10-2003, 08:15 AM   #1
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Suse 8.1 Liveeval and Monitor refreshing


Hope someone can help me here.

I have a copy of the Suse 8.1 LiveEval CD, which is my first try of linux. The install seemed to go fine, but after watching several screens of text during startup, i see the word "login" for a split second then my screen goes blank.

The monitor then tells me that it cant display in 75Mhz

I presume this means that my monitor (a Philips 107E) cant handle the refresh rate that was set by the install programme.

My graphics card is an NVIDIA TNT2 model 64. Computer is PentIII 450Mhz, 128MB ram.

I have tried setting a different screen resolution at startup but this doesnt seem to help. There is a text box in the startup screen where i guess i might be able to enter a command to set the refresh rate, but i dont know what to type. or can i get back into the YAST programme somehow to set up the graphics card properly?

Any help and advice gratefully received.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 01:17 AM   #2
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Enter this manually in your monitor specs (during install, or using sax2):
Horizontal Scan Frequency (KHz) = 30 - 70KHz
Vertical Frequency (Hz) = 50 - 160
Use the recommended resolution for this monitor first:
Recommended Resolution = 1024 x 768

After that you can increase the resolution to 1152x864 manually by modifying /etc/X11/XF86config

If you are interested the free FTP install is available now ;-)
First download the boot.iso and then follow the installation procedure. Search somewhere here in the distribution forum on how to do it.


Have fun :-)
 
Old 05-11-2003, 04:10 PM   #3
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Thanks

I managed to get into Sax2 via a text interface whilst logged in as root, and fiddled about and then had a nice play with KDE! Good to finally have tried it out.

Only problem is that my run-from-CD linux doesnt seem to remember the graphic card settings between boots.

Will have a look at the xf86config file if i can, if i can chnage things there maybe that will help, right?
 
Old 05-12-2003, 01:59 AM   #4
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Unfortunately the live-eval CD is mostly not modifiable (they are read only) :-(

You can change /etc/XF86Config manually on the retail or ftp version ;-)

See other posts about how to change your monitor resolution somewhere on this forum (e.g. search on xvidtune).


Have more fun :-)
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip

After doing another manual reset of the monitor in sax2, i opened up xf86config and changed the sections on monitor, screen, card etc to what was in xf86config.sax2

on a reboot my settings were maintained and i had a very pleasant half hour in suse before my wife came home...

regarding non-modifyable cd rom, i'm sure this is true, but on installing it, a few files are created in C:\ and i guess the files are stored there.

cheers for the help!!


ben
 
  


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