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i booted redhat 9 from the cd and went through everything. made a partition for it and picked the stuff i wanted and told it the monitor and vcard type. so i get all that done, i reboot and it goes through all the tests and gets too a prompt screen for my user name and password. the screen flickers a couple times and goes to a blue box and says yes or no. no question just yes or no. if i hit no it dosent do anything if i hit yes it goes to some type of error screen. if any of this makes sense to you plaese help me because i really want to try linux out. how do i get into the os? thank you for your help.
It seems to be a graphics or monitor settings problem to me. You may need to change the settings in your /etc/X11/Xf86Config file. If my diagnosis is correct, then you can do this:
Login in text mode, then cd to "/etc/X11". Then open the XF86Config file in a text editor. (emacs, pico or vim or whatever).
The command will be "pico XF86Config". Just replace the pico with any other editor if needed.
Now in the XF86Config file, there will be sections on Graphics and Monitor. If you can figure out the problem, then change the settings and save the file. If you can't figure it out, then post the file here.
My guess would be that its a refresh rate problem, but I really cant say, I may be wrong.
If the "blue box" has any text in it, then it would be a good thing to read it and also post it over here. Are you getting the blue box any more?
ok my graphics card is an ati redeon 9200 se and my monitor is a compaq mv520. the promblem was i had dual monitors set up in windows but i have no idea how to set it up in redhat. so it was detecting my slave video card and my master monitor. it ended up with an error. when i deleted the redhat partition and reinstalled it and took out the second vcard, it worked fine but i just couldn't log in. i would put in the user name and password at the gui screen and it would switch over to the text login and then just come right back to the gui login. i guess that was the text login it was asking me fro my username and password and i would put in my name and hit enter but when i tryed to type in my password it wouldn't input. i hope that helps.
i had dual screen in windows so i had 2 vcard's and to monitor's obviously. well it was detecting my slave vcard and my master monitor. so waht i did was go into the bios and set my slave vcard to master vcard and went into linux setup and switched to the other monitor. so now linux runs on what was originally my slave vcard and monitor. -which is good enough for me : )
thanks for the link comprookie2000 i couldn't find that article for some reason.