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Old 09-17-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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Fresh install of RH9 for a newb user - incorrect display settings?

I just installed RH9 (FC4 had issues with my system and would not get very far into the install). I believe I have selected an incorrect video card, and realized it just a split second too late. Now when Linux starts up, I have a garbled screen that I am unable to navigate with. Since I am already in this predicament, is there any way (from here) to get to a command line so I can run the redhat-config-xfree86 to change my settings? I tried hitting ALT-CTRL-F1 from the logon screen, and it takes the menu away, but it says something like "LOADING FIRSTBOOT" but it does not appear to be a command line that accepts any input. I can type, and my text shows up, and I hit ENTER and it drops down a line to a blank line, but none of the commands I am typing seem to be working.

Old 09-18-2005, 05:36 AM   #2
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Go into single user mode. When in grub, instead of allowing it to boot, make sure your current OS and kernel are selected and press 'e'. This will allow you to edit the boot options.

You will see the grub config. just find the line that tells grub what kernel to use and add 'single' to the end of it and press 'Enter' and your changes will be saved. Now, when it boots, you will be in single user mode and it wont start the X server.

If that doesn't work out, try downloading a live CD like knoppix. Boot into the live cd, mount your / partition and edit the /etc/inittab file of your RH9 system to boot into runlevel 3:

Look for this line:
Make it look like this:
X will not startup.

Of course,with either option, make sure you change your settings back when you are done or you wont get your X server running on boot.
Old 09-18-2005, 04:09 PM   #3
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My problem was that I selected Millions of colors instead of Thousands, and I was installing inside of a Virtual PC window. VPC does not support the Millions of colors option too well.

I found that pressing CTRL-ALT-F1 thru CTRL-ALT-F7 would take me to different consoles. CTRL-ALT-F1 thru F6 did not do anything helpful, but F7 did.

When I pressed CTRL-ALT-F7 I could make out some more of the screen and was able to see that the Setup wasn't entirely complete (which is why F1-F6 did not do me any good). I had to muddle my way through the end of the setup, using TAB and ENTER to hit the FORWARD button that I could not see and had to halfway guess at. Sometimes I could grab a dialog box by the title bar and drag it around, but I could only see about half of the screen from left to a little past CENTER point. It was awful...

But I finally managed to change the color setting and now it works fantastic! Thanks for the help!


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