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Old 04-17-2006, 06:57 PM   #1
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Question FC5 on HP Compaq nw8240: Blank screen on boot up

FC5 on HP Compaq nw8240: Blank screen on boot up
Hi there

I am having trouble booting into FC5. I am getting the black blank screen "of death". Let me explain.

For a while I have had problems with my ATI graphics to work in rpm based distros. Now that FC5 is using xor v7 thi shas complicated it a bit more. My hardware is listed in my signature below

When I boot from disc, fedora splash appears, and the I press enter. It then goes into probing for display and mointor: display: ATI mobility x700 and monitor: unknown

then goes into the 1...2....3... to start graphical installation. This is where the screen goes black blank! I can't seem to awaken the display anyhow.

ctrl alt backspace also does not let me get to the text console. I have to hard boot to restart.

This time I use "linux text" and finally to it to install. But now I have to reboot, and start. the textual comments follow all is fine so far, [ok} all the way. then falls into console to login; as I have not created a user, I can only login as root. which I did.

then did the
to try and get into the grpahics display config to reset to VESA and at least get into GUI login. But here again, the sreen goes blank and black.

ctrl alt backspace does bring me back to text mode, but without the prompt.

Can anyone please show me how to get FC5 working on my laptop. It is quite frustrating.

BTW: i have also tried this at the boot option:
boot: linux vesa resolution=1024x768
but nothing happens, still forces to use the ATI display setting.

I think my problem is the ATI card, and would love it if someone could tell me how to force FC5 installation (anaconda) not to use the ATI settings by default, and transfer it to VESA or other generic dipplay ( I have used Foxlinux, and foresight, and bot default to VESa and generic monitors).

Please help,

UPDATE: I finally figured out the boot up option:
boot: linux vga=791 resolution=1024x768

I got the GUI installation and all went well. I rebooted at the end if the installation and I was welcomed by a nice GUI login screen. Then I followed these instructions on how to set up the ATI drivers from livna repo's:
It installed fine, and I checked my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to see if the fglrx was added to the file. and it was. But the correct resolution was not (i.e. 1920x1200), so I did
and selected the screen resolution.

I rebooted.
And I was again welcomed by a nice 1920x1200 login screen. I entered my login parameters and this is where the problem started: the GNOME splash appears and it hangs there forever. I was left with no option but to try to retart x ctrl alt backspace, but nothing happens, just hangs. so I hard reboot!

Can anyone tell me what to do next! Please!

UPDATE: I waited this time around, for the GNOME splash to disappear, and guess what, the GDM opned and I was in the GNOME desktop env; BUT, the desktop is so slow! It also does not open all windows when e.f. firefox is clicked, or preferences>themes is clicked; I see a menu iten in the task bar, but no window appears. I can post my xorg.conf file (attached)
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "single head configuration"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
	InputDevice    "Synaptics" "CorePointer"
	InputDevice    "Mouse0" "AlwaysCore"

Section "Files"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, a font server independent of the X server is
# used to render fonts.
	FontPath     "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
	Load  "dbe"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "fbdevhw"
	Load  "glx"
	Load  "record"
	Load  "freetype"
	Load  "type1"
	Load  "synaptics"
	Load  "dri"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#	Option	"Xleds"		"1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#	Option	"XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#	Option	"XkbModel"	"pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#	Option	"XkbModel"	"microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#	Option	"XkbLayout"	"de"
# or:
#	Option	"XkbLayout"	"de"
#	Option	"XkbVariant"	"nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#	Option	"XkbOptions"	"ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
#	Option	"XkbOptions"	"ctrl:nocaps"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Mouse0"
	Driver      "mouse"
	Option	    "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
	Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
	Option	    "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Synaptics"
	Driver      "synaptics"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
	Option	    "Protocol" "auto-dev"
	Option	    "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"

 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
	ModelName    "LCD Panel 1920x1200"
 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
	HorizSync    31.5 - 90.0
	VertRefresh  60.0 - 60.0
	Option	    "dpms"

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "fglrx"
	VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
	BoardName   "ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility X700 (PCIE)"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     16
		Modes    "1920x1200" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     24
		Modes    "1920x1200" "1680x1050" "1280x800"

Section "DRI"
	Group        0
	Mode         0666
Thnaks for helping out,

PS: I have posted this similar thrread on the FC official forum, but it seems I have not managed to attract any attention. Hope here I will gain some support.

HP Compaq nw8240 ATI Mobility FireGL V5000 Intel PM Centrino 2.13GhZ 15.4" widescreen WUXGA 1920x1200
Triple Boot: WinXP/FAT32/FC5/UbuntuDapper
Old 04-27-2006, 10:54 PM   #2
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Me too

Sorry, this is just a metoo, I have an Acer 5024 and it is using an ATI Radeon mobility X700 and my experiences have been the same and equally as frustrating.

Have you managed to get an answer from anyone yet ?
Old 05-01-2006, 12:49 AM   #3
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I had similar problems in getting FC5 onto my laptop, in the end I did a text install and waited until the ATI drivers came onto livna, needed a new Kernel for the ati drivers so did a yum update then tried starting X and got this error

/usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/ cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied

Found the following online and tried it and now everything seems to work (not sure if its the same as your link as it has ... in it)

chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/libaticonfig.a
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/libfglrx_dm.a
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/libfglrx_gamma.a
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/libfglrx_pp.a
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/ati-fglrx/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/xorg/modules/dri/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/xorg/modules/dri/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/
chcon -t texrel_shlib_t /usr/lib/xorg/modules/linux/

setsebool -P allow_execmod=0

Im by no means an expert but would be happy to try anything that would help you get yours running too.
Now Im trying to find out how to get the wifi working so I dont have to switch to windows to go online!! Any ideas?



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