No video on Puppy Linux live CD with Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop
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No video on Puppy Linux live CD with Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop
I am trying to test out puppy linux (Version 2.12) on my Toshiba tecra 8000 (128 MB ram / 400 mHz cpu / 10 G H.D.)
I was able to install ubuntu 6.10 (xorg) on it after dealing with some video issues by editing the xorg.conf file.
Now I would like to try Puppy Linux on it. Here is my problem, when I boot from the CD, it asks me for the keyboard info, then it asks me if I want to use Xvesa or Xorg. I have tried both choices, with the following result both times:
It is in text mode, and at the bottom of the screen it says:
Starting X with video mode 0x0111 and mouse psaux
After that, nothing happens. With ubuntu, I had the same thing, but I was able to go into (I think its called..) "console" mode by pressging CTRL ALT F1 and editing the xorg.conf file. It seems to me that if I can do that when I boot into puppy linux I would be able to edit the xorg.conf file and fix this. But my problem is I can't find anywhere that tells me how to get into console/text mode to edit this file.
Maybe I am going about it wrong, after all I am a bit of a newbie.. (please forgive my ignorance.. I really am trying to learn...)
I hope what I said above makes sense.. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!
Try to download 2.13 drvx and install this. This will scan you machine for the correct driver. Sorry, I donít have the link. I ordered mine on a cd. If not, you will possible need to get an older puppy version
When you boot up puppy using the cd turn off acpi, there should be an option on the boot menu. Type puppy pfix=acpi off (Not quite sure on the command) or turn it off in the bios. I came across some older systems that have acpi support and some that had acpi support and didn't work. If you install it to the hard drive. You will need to add acpi=xxxx to menu.lst or tiny.exe to work. Here are the option to try acpi=on or acpi=force (Keep it on in the bios); acpi=off (Turn it off in the bios). Puppy 2.13 and 2.14 has a boot option that will disable acpi. Note, if your boot screen does not show. Type p as soon as you here your computer beep. This way puppy wonít do a default boot and you can see the boot screen.
I just tried what you recommended, several times. (ver 2.14)Pressing "p" like you suggested does nothing.
That's odd. Puppy Linux usually has a boot option. I have the Puppy Linuz 2.13 zdrv disk from www.edumunds-enterpises.com that what I use. When you get the cd. I do recommend making a copy. The cdís donít seem to last that long. I would also recommend that your order using a prepaid debit/gift card that has either a MasterCard or a Visa symbol. The website seem to have trouble with the SSl using IE or Firefox you cannot get the browser to verify that it a secure website.
Not to solve it but just to add.
I changed to an LCD screen and have had xorg problems ever since . When I boot puppy initially it gives me a choice of vesa or xorg.conf. Mine only works on vesa and then only on 800 x 600 16 bit . Nothing higher works
If I edit the xorg.config file which is usually in /etc/X11/ and change it to the values which I know work for my monitor I get a red out of range message . So I am stuck on vesa as above .This is only in Puppy ,although I have had screen setup problems with this monitor especially in Mandriva which I had to give up on after probably a week of time
I assume you have tried xorgconfig?
I suggest you stick with xorg. Do you actually know which driver you should be using? If so, is that specified in your xorg.conf?
When you say you 'changed to an LCD monitor' do you mean you have an external LCD monitor and not the notebook screen? When you find out the answer for the best driver for your graphics card, then I suggest you goggle to check if that driver supports external monitors.
Sorry Ive misled you
I have a desktop computer which had a CRT type monitor and I switched to a 19" LCD-then started all my problems.
The graphics card is built into the motherboard with shared memory of 8Meg and I have tried with 16Meg with no diff.
I have tried xorgconfig in many distros with varied results.
Suse10.2 got it right out of the box but copying that config file to other distros didn't work either
Ah ok, I thought a Toshiba Tecra was a notebook but they must have desktops called the same thing.
I suggest a more logical approach to resolving the problem.
Step 1 - Find out what is the graphics card called? lspci and find the reference name.
Step 2 - After you know the name of the graphics card, then google to find out which xorg driver supports your graphics card.
After this, then report back.
Or which driver was being used for the Suse 10.2 xorg.conf? Is this the same driver you are testing with at the moment?
I think we have two different people here with similar problems..
User Tytower has the desktop with the 19" monitor, but at least he can get SOMETHING on his system.
Me, user wb8erj is the person with the toshiba tecra 8000 laptop. The video drivers I need are apparently "NeoMagic". I was able to sucessfully install Ubuntu on my Tecra, but I had to modify the xorg.conf file like this:
Added/changed the following lines in "Monitor" Section:
That got me video in xorg with Ubuntu. The problem I have with Ubuntu is that its too slow on the Tecra laptop.
So I would like to install Puppy Linux in my Tecra. However I have no video. Once I select either XORG or XVESA the screen goes black, and it just sits there.
Since I was able to get Ubuntu (ver. 6.10..) to work with xorg on the Tecra laptop, it seems to me that once someone explains to me how to get, and put the "xfree86 drivers that support the neomagic video chipset", that all I would have to do is edit the xorg.conf file..
1. If puppy hangs when it does the video test when you select xorg and there is no option to bypass the Xorg test, then you have a few options:
- try ctrl-alt-bsp to kill xorg and hopefully return to the command prompt or the puppy wizard.
- i recall trying some different versions of puppy that allow you to skip the Xorg test and gives you an option to manually edit xorg.conf before you start Xorg. With the version of puppy that you are using, are there any other options you can select to bypass the test which freezes your screen?
- do a search and check the start-up command to boot puppy into a command prompt. then from there you can run xorgconfig or manually edit your xorg.conf.
I ran xorgconfig and looked at the drivers available. The 'neomagic' driver exists, so you are off to a good start. Although I am not sure if it is case sensitive but you said 'NeoMagic'. Might be safer to stick to 'neomagic'.
So what is critical is that in this 'device' section of your xorg.conf you have ...