Hello all you linux gurus out there.
I'm a Window's admin looking to expand my knowledge and get start learning Linux. I have a dedicated machine that will be running Fedora Core 4. This is my first experience with Linux, so forgive the lack of knowledge.
The machine that I am using is a Dell GX260. A p4 1.8 machine, running a measly 128mb of RAM (will be upgrade to 512 tomorrow), that has an onboard intel 845 display adapter. It is connected to a Continental Digiview HR-70+. I used the GUI install and kept all the default settings. The machine boots up into gnome and I am able to start a GUI session. The gnome sessions is running using a generic 1280x1024 using the built in intel 845 driver.
The trouble happens when I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to enter a terminal session (? think that's what it is called.) I get no display. The monitor still shows a green light. I bring up the OSD for the monitor and verify that it is running at 720 x 400. I then decided to hook up the factory dell m782 monitor to the box. I changed the hardware from the generic monitor to the correct model.
Restarted the machine, same exact problem. One thing I did notice is that the machine did not display any of the test based shutdown routine. The screen just went blank the same way it did when I was switching to a terminal session. The text based display does appear when the computer is starting up.
Suggestions, remember this is my first experience, be gentle
Also, recommendation for reading? Being a Windows admin, I'm not just interested in learning another OS, but looking to see what kind of service I can start pushing out to one of these boxes.
Thanks ahead of time.