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Old 03-21-2002, 08:34 PM   #1
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Laptop not compitable with LINUX?


HI I have a compal ACL00 laptop and was wondering if it is compitable. I mean IT should but when I install Redhat 7.2 it goes good but then after I boot into it GRUB tries to load and the color goes all crazy.... and cant see anything is that a GRUB problem or the video card is not compitable with linux or should I try to load it without a boot loader or try LILO? Please help I want to run linux on it....
 
Old 03-21-2002, 08:42 PM   #2
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does the kernel begin to load before your color goes wonky or is it before the boot loader even starts loading the kernel?
 
Old 03-21-2002, 09:21 PM   #3
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ya after the kernel loads it goes all funky......

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Old 03-22-2002, 02:31 AM   #4
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it has nothing to do with GRUB then. The kernel isn't configured properly for your system. You're going to have to try to reinstall. I don't think the problems even neccisarily a bad monitor setting. My suggestion would be to reinstall using all the safest/simplest settings and if they work, reconfigure with more system specific settings. I'm not sure how the RedHat installation goes.
 
Old 03-22-2002, 04:53 AM   #5
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It sounds like the refresh rates for your monitor are not set properly. Can you get a command line? If so, try running

% Xconfigurator

To set appopriate values. Running your monitor at the wrong (specifically too high) refresh rates is BAD karma.

Also, try reinstalling. I know it's not an elegant solution but you can set the refresh rates and choose the 'text login' option instead of the 'graphical login' option.

Also RH7.2 has been shipped with some funny kernel versions, especially 2.4.7-10. If that's your kernel version, my advice is buy a linux magazine and install the latest stable kernel version on the free CD.

Bert
 
Old 03-22-2002, 09:46 AM   #6
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Ok I knew it had to do with the refresh rate. But in the monitor settings I choosed Generic LCD Laptop 1024 by 768 and for some reason the the video card won't display at 1024 by 768 cause when I test it the display at this setting it goes all crazy I have to set it at 16BIT at 800by 600 and the test display works. I even tried to do unprobe monitor same thing?
 
Old 03-26-2002, 08:35 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by Alinuxnoob
... I have to set it at 16BIT at 800by 600 and the test display works. I even tried to do unprobe monitor same thing?
Sorry, Alinuxnoob, I'm not sure if you're still asking a question here ... are you still stuck ?

Bert
 
Old 03-26-2002, 11:00 AM   #8
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Yes IM still stuck. When I use unprobe monitor or generic LCD Monitor 1024-768 from the install of Redhat the test will only work using 16BIT 800x600 anything higher it won't display on the test part or it will display but not readable. BUT when I choose the settings that do work on the test after the reboot of Redhat Install the screen will go all crazy.(Booting for the first time) Haven't tried generic LCD monitor 800by600. My video card is a 16 Geforce2 GO. I was just wondering why they have how TO's for certain LAPTOPs and not just any laptop? Do I need to find the right refresh rate and type it in threw the install?



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Old 03-26-2002, 11:28 AM   #9
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I was just wondering why they have how TO's for certain LAPTOPs and not just any laptop?
Unfortunately, there's nothing generic about hardware, especially laptop hardware, which is 'optimised' for price, size and performance. This is one of the 'joys' of learning linux is that you get to know how your computer does what it does. Your path is probably a well trodden one with your hardware so don't worry too much that your setup may not be compatible - most of the time it is you just have to tweak the linux installer to see it.
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Do I need to find the right refresh rate and type it in through the install?
Yes. There is a chance that the install program will list it as an option. If it doesn't, specify the refresh rates. Get the information from the probe (there's a vertical and horizontal rate) or look at the technical manual supplied or online. If it works on the installer, you're 80% there.

Bert
 
Old 01-29-2003, 09:59 AM   #10
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Toshiba laptop Satellite 1110 + RedHat8.0 = PROBLEM !!!

Double post which now you've created your own thread. Please do not double post, especially asking your question in an existing thread that someone else has started.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=43208

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Old 01-29-2003, 02:29 PM   #11
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For now, leave your resolution at 16bit 800X600.

You have an Nvidia-based video card which XFree86 cannot fully support right now with their drivers. That's the bad news. The good news is that you can get a driver from Nvidia.

Go to Nvidia.com and click on their download link. From there read carefully what they are asking you and what they have available for you to read. They have good instructions and also have a discussion forum. A lot of people have a lot of experience with Nvidia cards and they do work under Linux, so give it a chance.

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