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Old 06-02-2003, 08:12 PM   #1
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What the hell am I doing wrong? Blank screen on boot.


I figured after the success of getting RedHat 9.0 dual booting on my laptop I would try to get my copy of SuSE 8.1 onto my desktop. However no matter what I try everytime I try to get the resolution to 1024x768 all I get is a blank screen at boot. This happens if I choose the resolution during install or after I get booted up and change it then.

I have found that once it decides to do the blank screen boot if I choose Linux Safe Settings from the boot menu I can get to a command prompt but so far that has been useless to me because of my lack of Linux knowledge.

The system specs are as follows:

Athlon 1.33
Biostar M7MIA motherboard
128 mb DDR memory(either Samsung or Micron I forget.)
SiS Xabre 400 video card
Realtek based generic NIC
Gerneric 40x CD-Rom
Maxtor 40 gig HDD
Gerneric keyboard
Logitech Marble Mouse
AOC 7ELR 17" monitor

There is a KVM switch on this. It is a Belkin Omni Cube 4 port (F1D094).


Any help would be greatly appreciated. I do not know very much about Linux so please make your answers for a total n00b.
 
Old 06-02-2003, 08:15 PM   #2
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can you post us your /etc/X11/XF86Config or XF86Config-4 here? that's a place to start
 
Old 06-02-2003, 08:16 PM   #3
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Sure if you can tell me how to bring it up.
 
Old 06-02-2003, 08:19 PM   #4
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I have heard support for sis video is poor.

Log in as root and at the prompt type the command:

redhat-config-xfree86

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XF86Setup
XFree86 -configure
Xconfigurator
xf86cfg
xf86config
xconf

# Redhat links
RedHat Linux Manuals
Maximum RPM
rpmfind
Easier software management: apt4rpm - Red Carpet
RedHat 8.0 Tips & Tricks

# Redhat 7.3 down configuration commands
setup leads to several configuration tools

# Redhat 7.3 up configuration commands
Configure soundcard:
redhat-config-soundcard
Configure X server:
redhat-config-xfree86
Configure network:
redhat-config-network

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Old 06-02-2003, 08:22 PM   #5
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try this (u got a floppy drive?)

Code:
cat /etc/X11/XF86Config > /mnt/floppy/XF86Config
Code:
cat /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 > /mnt/floppy/XF86Config-4
 
Old 06-02-2003, 08:29 PM   #6
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You have to mount the floppy disk before you can write to it, of course.

mount /mnt/floppy

That should mount a formatted floppy disk.

Before taking it out of the drive, command:

umount /mnt/floppy


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Old 06-02-2003, 08:33 PM   #7
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Sorry but no floppy on that machine. Is there a way to bring it up using a text editor from the command prompt?
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:07 PM   #8
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If midnight commander is installed, that's an easy way to navigate directories and edit. Try this command

mc

If you get command not found, try

pico -w /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:12 PM   #9
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It said command not found on mc but when I typed in pico -w /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 it borught up the file but it is blank. Do I need to use one of the commands at the bottom?
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:21 PM   #10
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Sometimes you mistype.

Try these commands

cd /etc/X11
ls

Now, if you see a config file listed there called XF86Config-4 or XF86Config open it with

pico -w <exact name of file and it's case sensitive>

If there is no configuration file there, you will have to create it with one of the x configuring tools

You may have these tools:
redhat-config-xfree86
XF86Setup
XFree86 -configure
Xconfigurator
xf86cfg
xf86config
xconf
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:26 PM   #11
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WOOHOO!!!! Got a bunch of text now. (mine does not have the -4) Now what am I looking for?
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:26 PM   #12
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BTW, if you can find midnight commander on your install disk or can download and install it somehow, it is well worth it

mc-<version number>.rpm will be the file name you are looking for.

To install:

cd /where/file/is
rpm -Uvh mc-*.rpm

Then you can use it.
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:33 PM   #13
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Are you dual booting? If you have a fat32 filesystem, you could:

cat /etc/X11/XF86Config > /mnt/<window partition name>/XF86Config.txt

Then post it here and we could examine it.

Also, the error file for X sessions would be handy

cat /home/<user>/.xsession-errors /mnt/<window partition name>/x-errors.txt

If you have been working as root only attempting to startx, post root's file instead.

cat /root/.xsession-errors /mnt/<window partition name>/x-errors.txt
 
Old 06-02-2003, 09:45 PM   #14
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I think I will give up again for tonight. Maybe tomorrow we can get this straightend out. Thanks for all the help so far.
 
  


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