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Old 09-01-2003, 01:27 PM   #1
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Having troubles getting GUI to work

I have SuSE installed on my slave hard drive (/dev/hdb I have learned is the new term )

After installation completed, was taken to Sax2 to configure system. I have a video card and monitor that SuSE didn't know. Fun huh? It's a radeon 9800 pro, and NEC Multisync 1760v TFT monitor.

I can deal with no 3d support etc for now. What I want is to be able to at least run KDE / X-windows, as I can navigate through the GUI and do what I need to, as opposed from everything from the command line.

Here is what happened:

1. Monitor -- not detected; I tried to set it up both as a VESA and LCD with the appropriate screen size (native 1280 x 1024 at 60 Hz), plugging in the dimensions from the manual. I actually think this would work if not for....

2. Video card -- not recognized of course. I tried VESA generic one, when I tried to test it I got the following: /dev/fb0: no such device
No devices detected

I can load to a command prompt only, as 'failsafe' mode. I can run sax2 from this if logged in as root, but I can't find a configuration that would work to load the GUI desktop. I only get errors (error while parsing number is the last line for example) when I try.

Any ideas? if there are none, I would ask how to remove grub from my MBR, as Linux clearly may not work for my system at all.

Thanks ahead of time.
Old 09-01-2003, 06:31 PM   #2
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You need a driver for that video card but you should be able to run a gui without it.

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Configuring XFree86 for a Non-Specific Linux Distribution
Common X configuring tools:
You may have one or more of these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers

# How do I uninstall Linux completely and keep/use Windows only?
How to Remove Linux and Install Windows 2000
How to Remove Linux and Install Windows XP
You can remove lilo from the mbr with
/sbin/lilo -u
You can remove grub or lilo from the mbr by booting with a Windows 98 boot floppy (at the prompt, type fdisk /mbr), or by using the Windows XP Recovery Console or the Windows 2000 Recovery Console


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