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I have an old IBM G40, and every OS I have tried (that autodetects HW & has a GUI (Win98, RH8, SuSE8.1, Mandrake9) detects it as a G41, which causes it to go blank when the PC switches from the basic BIOS VGA driver to the one used by the GUI.
Windows 98, SuSE 8.1 and Mandrake 9 all had options during install to change the setup (well, with Windows, when it detects the monitor, you can cancel the driver instal). However, I couldn't stop RedHat from loading the G41 drivers.
In the end, I had to wait till the install got to the HW detection bit, then unplug the monitor from the PC. Leaving the installtion to continue, (give it about 15-20 minutes), replug the monitor back in. Then from the desktop, you can manually select the correct monitor model.
If you go for a re-install, then I think RedHat detects the monitor just after it askes you for local setting, such as time & stuff. I know it takes time, but do an install, watch carefully where it tries to detect the montior type during the installation.
Then next time, after the last bit of 'audience participation', i.e. where the install needs prompts from you, you can remove the monitor plug from the PC. The installation will run without the need for any more input from you, right up until it is ready to reboot & run from the HDD. Without a monitor during the HW detection, it will default to the most basic VGA drivers, which as you can see the command line/text stuff during installation, ought to work.
i had a problem getting x to run when i first installed Mandrake9.1 i fixed this by going to XFree86.org and checking which driver worked with my card. I had a S3 Trio3D. when linux installed it set the driver to S3Trio3D from the model menu the correct driver was actually a s3virge driver, according to the website. it all worked when i changed the driver. find out what driver is correct for your card then type XFDrake as root and in the graphics card menu select the XF86 version 4 and sele ct the correct driver. i don't know if linux has all the drivers for gforce 2 but it should be there