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Old 09-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Cannot boot due to missing graphics driver

Hey Everybody!

I just installed Fedora on my computer.

I have an XFX Ati Radeon 6950 graphics card, that worked with Kubuntu and Ubuntu, but now as i try to boot Fedora, all i get is a black\grey screen. Once it stops booting, all i can see is a thin pixel-wide line at the top of the screen, where i can see my mouse. When i move the mouse to the top right corner the whole screen turns to black and white stripes.
Is there some way to install the correct driver from the command/line?

I don't ses any option to boot without hardware acceleration?
Old 09-25-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Some thoughts from another LQ Newbie

I am just a newbie myself, but I see you have no replies to a vexing problem. So I'll offer a few thoughts that may or may not be of much help.

Do you have a "Live DVD" or "Live CD" from which you could boot your machine, perhaps from your Kubuntu or Ubuntu installations? That would allow you to operate from a GUI, although it would be slow, in my experience. Your set-up program would have to be set to allow booting from the DVD or CD drive.

Do you have the driver files for your XFX Ati Radeon 6950 graphics card?

I am in the US (Tennessee) on central time and will probably be asleep three hours from now.

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Hi, to get a non-accelerated gui screen type at the grub boot cli...

at boot, hit F3 (or whatever for your system) to access the kernel command line.

Add this command (kernel commands are "space separated") to the end...

I hope you will be able to see the tools you need to install and configure your Graphics.

HTH, Glenn

Last edited by GlennsPref; 09-25-2012 at 06:41 PM.
Old 09-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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Hello Friends,

I think loading latest driver would be worth,If you can put the file on a flash drive I would try that, to let setup find it during install. This should resolve your Catalyst problems, make sure it's for the right operating system. If this does not work, try uninstalling the drivers, and using the onboard graphics for the time being. Then re-install the Catalyst controller.It should recognize it then.-t vfat /dev/sdb /mnt (where sdb is the flash)

Best Regards
Steven Arnold


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