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Old 03-23-2007, 03:05 AM   #1
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Exclamation Vista Driver Installed, Prevent Linux OutOfRange?

I have a simple question that is geared toward the experienced Linux user. I am presently a student of a Linux Certification program through the local Community College. I was provided a Fedora Core 2 release to follow class, however; class is following with release 5. One thing I've found is that Fedora Core administration remains highly the same, the applications and capabilities it seems are the major changes.
To the point:
I bought an HP Pavilion a1730n with an AMD64x2 4600+ Processor. I had downloaded and even ordered the 64-bit version of the Fedora Core 6 release (as I said they remained generally the same and thus any version that will recognize my hardware [unlike release 2] will suffice; the more recent the better). The installation went fine, without interruption or error.
The only issue that has arisen is that with my monitor.
It is a ViewSonic VA1930wm.
According the the Best Buy salesman and ViewSonic tech support, this monitor is suitable for 64-bit OS, but after installation of any 64-bit operating system I am recieving 'out of range' messages.
I speculate that it is because Linux may have confused the drivers with another monitor, ViewSonic or otherwise.
Well, my frustration with Linux built and I deduced to returning to Windows Vista, the good thing is that once again I am able to install the driver for the monitor.
I'm wondering if the experienced Linux user thinks this will make a difference? Installing Linux again and having an out of range error message is not something I look forward to, its more time consuming (and energy consuming) than I would like, so I'm hoping someone may be able to give me a thorough, yet simple solution to my issue, lest I be forced to deal with ViewSonic and their endless questions and suggestions. (We all know the feeling of endless tech support chitter chatter).
In case it is of importance, I have dismissed it thus far because I don't see using a 64-bit incapable video card driver with a 64-bit capable system, but I'm using an nVidia GeForce 6150 LE video card w/o independant ROM. I didn't see it present on the Linux HCL on the forum. Hopefully this is not the issue, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Then again, a video card can be cheaper than a monitor!
I hope I've provided the necessary information; again I wish to install the Fedora Core 6 x86_64 or 64-bit version. Niether is working, both are giving the out of range signal.


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Old 03-23-2007, 04:57 AM   #2
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I'm afraid that I can't see the link to the 64bit operating system.

Isn't your problem that X is unable to correctly identify your monitor and is defaulting to a resolution or refresh rate that your monitor can't support?

I would suggest that switching to a shell and manually changing your X configuration to a compatible rate is likely work.
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the issue is resolved. you're right, it is that the linux x system is unable to recognize the monitor but being as new to linux as i am i thought it was that the 64 bit OS was just too strong for the monitor. now i'm running side byside with vista so the driver is installed and i got it up and running with no problem, except that when it starts up i go straight to text mode, which is fine. but in order to start the gui i have to do rm /tmp/x0-lock, and them startx because startx says a fatal error has occurred the server is running, etc.

got any idea why?
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Good that you are up and running.

Try editing /etc/inittab and change the default to 4 instead of 3. This should stop the multiple server error messages appearing and let you go straight into the GUI.

The are littered with this issue.


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