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Old 08-09-2005, 01:24 AM   #1
sachingarg1604
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Question white screen


I have P3 1.13GHz with 256RAM. I downloaded fedora core 4 and tried to install it but there are a problem when annaconda starts. After the message "starting X server" screen becomes white & nothing happens. What i have to do.



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Old 08-10-2005, 09:48 PM   #2
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What video card are you using? I had the exact same problem with Fedora 4. First off, instead of hitting <enter> at the boot menu, type "linux text" (without the quotes) and hit <enter>. That should allow you to continue installation. A little background is that anaconda cannot correctly identify the card, then goes for default settings. These defaults don't always work.
 
Old 08-11-2005, 12:47 PM   #3
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my video card is "Trident Video Accelerator"
i already tried this trick and it will starts intallation in text mode.
can you tell me how to switch to graphical mode after installation in text mode
 
Old 08-13-2005, 09:40 PM   #4
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Sorry I took so long to reply. Before you can enter into graphical mode, you need to change what driver you are using. Open xorg.conf (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) and look at the section titled "Device". Under device is another line titled driver. To the right of driver is something in quotes. Change whatever is in quotes to "trident". If that doesn't work, please post your xorg.conf file here.
Before I forget, I should mention that you have to do this all with a live cd with some linux distribution on it. It's possible to avoid using a live cd, but I find it easier. Using a terminal on the live cd, you can mount your linux partition and make the necessary changes to the xorg.conf file.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 11:49 AM   #5
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Hello to community,

I have exactly the same problem. As you (linux=future) advised, I've updated FC4 from FC3 through anaconda text mode.
Though, even after installation, X still launch a white screen. I have almost the same configuration as sachingarg1604 and the graphic card chip is a "Trident CyberBlade" integrated in the motherboard.

Also, it looks like the driver has been perfectly recognized so I can't expect why it still bugs (I may can precise that text mode display is also perturbed -but readable- when I add "init 3" to the boot arguments and it doesn't prevent X to launch -- can I forbid it to launch during "init 3" without troubleshoot the system startup ?)

Thank you for trying to help :o)

Xorg.conf configuration sample:
Code:
Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Videocard0"
	Driver		"trident"
	VendorName	"Videocard vendor"
	BoardName	"Trident CyberBlade (generic)"
EndSection
Xorg.conf full configuration file:
Code:
# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier	"Default Layout"
	Screen		0 "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice	"Mouse0" "CorePointer"
	InputDevice	"Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concentrated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# The X server to render fonts.
	RgbPath		"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
	FontPath	"/unix:7100"
EndSection

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

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controller (eg, with xset(1))
#	Option		"Xleds"		"1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#	Option		"XkbDisable"
# To customise th XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the 
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#	Option		"XkbModel"	"pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Nautral 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"	"fr"
EndSection

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

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Monitor0"
	VendorName	"Monitor Vendor"
	ModelName	"F-15"
	DisplaySize	300 230
	HorizSync	30.0 - 62.0
	VertRefresh	50.0 - 75.0
	Option		"dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Videocard0"
	Driver		"trident"
	VendorName	"Videocard Vendor"
	BoardName	"Trident CyberBlade (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Screen0"

	Device		"Videocard0"
	Monitor		"Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth	"24
	SubSection "Display"

		Viewport	0 0
		Depth		16
		Modes		"800x600" "640x480"
	EndSubSection
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport	0 0
		Depth		24
		Modes		"1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
	EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
	Group 		0
	Mode		0666
EndSection
 
Old 08-26-2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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It works now :o)
I didn't check the dates on this post but it finally wasn't answered... So I'm gonna do it
[list=1][*]Start in terminal mode (init 3)
When GRUB starts, press any key to display the systems list.
Select your FC4 distribution
Press [ A ] (or [ Q ] if you have an AZERTY keyboard and [ A ] doesnt do anything) to edit the arguments.
At the end of the line, add " 3" and press [ ENTER ].
You will start in mode 3.[*]Replace a buggy VGA driver library
AS ROOT:
Go to /usr/X11R6/lib/modules and rename libvgahw.a to libvgahw.a~.
Download the file ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris/libvgahw.a as a replacement.
Code:
# su
# cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules
# cp libvgahw.a libvgahw.a~
# unlink libvgahw.a
# wget ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris/libvgahw.a
[*]Restart in graphical mode
Code:
# init 5
...or just reboot.[/list=1]

If this doesn't work (I've snipped unusefull processes compared to the solution I could find); just take a look at this thread:
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showth...2&page=1&pp=15
 
Old 10-17-2005, 04:08 AM   #7
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Smile Thanks

Thank you!!!!!!!! I've never used linux before and your step by step instructions fixed my problem. So Thank you.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 03:33 AM   #8
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Thumbs up Another solution to similar problem

I had a similar problem (FC4 x86_64 and an unsupported graphics card and unidentified monitor):

The graphical interface of GRUB displayed fine, but when starting X, the monitor turned off.

I tried to download the libvgahw.a file as proposed in another post, but this did not help (maybe because this file is for 32bit FC4 and not 64bit FC4.

Instead, I did a 'yum update' when in runlevel 3, and crossed my fingers that the update would fix my problems - and it did!

Maybe this can help others.

Last edited by rosholm; 10-20-2005 at 03:35 AM.
 
  


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