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Old 02-28-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Fedora core 6 Blank Screen After Installation?

i am posting this in hardware because i believe it is my video card that is stuffing me up! I recently used this guide to install Fedora 6 on my computer so it would dual boot with Windows XP

After i installed it i restarted the computer and the Fedora boot loader came up i boot into windows and everything is fine everything works and all is well (except for the fact that i don't like windows :P) But when i try to load into Fedora i get the following messages:

"Welcome to Fedora Core 6 Press I for Interactive Startup" then after i do this or don't do this my screens go black 1 17" CRT says out of range and the other 17" CRT (older screen tho) says Check PC settings? i am running AMD 64 CPU 3000+ with 1 gig of ram and Radeon X1950 Pro GFX. I'm so confused about how to fix this problem because I'm New to Fedora/Linux

Any help would be most welcome.

Last edited by w00tstyles; 02-28-2007 at 05:57 PM.
Old 03-01-2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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Your video settings are probably screwed up.
It happened to me too with my Radeon 9250.

Your best option is to use the Fedora core 6 installation disk to boot.
Once the CD or DVD has booted, then select the safe mode option (or something like that).

It will ask you if you wish to start your network, but you can answer no to that. And whn you finnaly get to the command prompt, then type in this command:

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Then find a section in that file that looks like this:

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "radeon"
The driver might not be the same as in my case, but it should look like that.
First, the "safest" video driver to try is the vesa driver. You can't really go wrong with it. It doesn't provide any spectacular 3d performance, but it will get you up and running, and you can worry about extras later.
So change where it says Driver "radeon" (ar whatever you have in your file) to Driver "vesa".

Next, search through the file and if you find any lines refering to the monitors refresh rates then comment them out (by puttig a hash # before the line).
They look like this:

HorizSync    30-54
VertRefresh  43-120
If you do find them then comment them out so they look like this:

#HorizSync    30-54
#VertRefresh  43-120
Now save the file by pressing CTRL+O and then exit the test editor with CTRL+X

Type reboot and hit enter (probably best take out the CD or DVD),a dn wait for the computer to reboot.

If it works, then we can move on to getting full hardware acceleration working

Last edited by easuter; 03-01-2007 at 11:18 AM.
Old 03-03-2007, 06:52 PM   #3
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I am still having difficulties with Fedora 6
i could not figure out how to boot into safe mode i tried all 5 installation discs and i could not boot into safe mode so i downloaded Fedora 6 live cd hoping i could boot into a CLI and i got in and logged in through command line however it would not recognize the nano command and i have no idea on how to get the GUI up?

I tryed the ctl+alt f2 or i think it might of been ctl+alt+f7 im not sure which one however i got the command line up and the other i got the blank screen message

Do you have any further ideas i could try because my tafe Teacher says "well thats shouldn't be u need to reinstall and it will work fine"

Last edited by w00tstyles; 03-03-2007 at 06:54 PM.
Old 03-04-2007, 06:26 AM   #4
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Great teacher that is. I can confirm similar issues with at least five different distributions. The solution offered by easuter is correct but I guess a bit too vague for someone new to Linux.

How do you get into safe mode? Well, I suppose you're using GRUB or something like that. Two ways:
-either you wait until you get the blank screen, then you type Ctrl+alt+backspace
-or you boot straight into a terminal by booting in single-user mode; in order to do so, you need to edit your boot line by selecting it and pressing e, then select the vmlinuz line and press e again and append this to the line: single (alternatively, you could add: terminal=tty0). Return to the boot vmlinuz line using enter or ESC and press b (=boot).

Log in as root (name=root, password= your root password).

Then you'd better start by making a backup of xorg.conf using this command:
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

Then you bring up xorg.conf from the command line; I've never used nano from the command line as I always use vi:

vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Then look for the bits pointed out by easuter and adjust as needed. Mind: in order to be able to edit anything in vi, you first need to type i; to quit edit mode, you type ESC.

When you're done editing, you write the changes to disk (quit edit mode first!):


then you quit vi and return to the command line:


Now type:

startx (or init 5)

Should work. Install the proper driver next.

Last edited by jay73; 03-04-2007 at 06:28 AM.
Old 03-27-2007, 04:37 AM   #5
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i gave up on fedora 6 because it was just annoying me im now using Ubuntu 6.10 and i need some help finding the right graphics drivers for my computer
im running a MSI RX1950PRO-T2D256E and ive been looking around and im Seriously confused
PLEASE help me

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