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after the 100th install i've finally figured out what my problem is, i just dont know how to fix it.
I think my monitor is not supported yet. i know all the specs and it can run pretty much every resolution out there. so i enter them in and then hit test....the screen turns black and then after a few seconds returns to the original setup screen. it doesnt ask if i want to keep the resolution or anything of the sort. i've tried pretty much every combination there is.
my videocard is the ati 8500 and the monitor is the KDS xf9c.
so i just leave the resolution as it is and finish the install. after booting i get the text command prompt when i want the graphical, a screen pops up that isn't in english just jibberish letters, and overall its an unhappy experience. so until this is resolved windows is eating all my resources, so for the love of god someone help me. i am a newbie but i know enough to get me through this, and i have a friend that can help me but he's too stoned right now.
the old videocard is an ati 8meg something...i dont even know. i am pretty sure its worthless and i would rather kill myself than use it. i think my next install i will use a standard videocard on the lowest bullshit settings just to see if i can get up and running. if that doesnt work i think my monitor is out to kill me.
what other distro should i use? mandrake? and is it as easy of a setup as redhat because i'm non-windows retarded....
What do you plan on doing with your linux machine that 8 megs of video is crap? Try it, that way you can start to rule out things. I doubt it's your monitor. Mandrake is probably the easiest of the bunch to install. Won't hurt to try. I searched the Redhat hardware compatability list and didn't see the 8500 Radeon. That's one of the reasons I went with Nvidia. Not all is lost trust me.
do you think i would have any more luck with mandrake or would that just be wasting my time? i have done everything with redhat that i want to do..if i see the setup screen or another config file i will vomit