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Old 09-26-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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install problems with ATI Radeon 9200SE

I am attempting to install some newer distro than my old and faithful
Mandrake 10.0. Most distros (Fedora, Mandriva) fail rather early in
the installation and I see a screen full of coloured bands on my
good old Phlips 109S CRT (!) monitor.
I managed to install Kubuntu (safe video mode), but when I run it
my screen gets narrower and narrower. This does not happen
consistently, but using it is not fun.
I have seen some reports about ATI Radeon drivers, but I cannot say
I understand how to get around them. Being accustomed to Mandriva
I would prefer to stick with it, but I cannot install it (neither
2007, nor 2008.1, nor 2009rc).
Any suggestions?

Technical data:
Video Card:
Vendor: ATI
Bus: PCI
Bus identification: 1002:5964:148c:2073
Location on the bus: 1:0:0
Description: Radeon 9200SE 5964 (AGP)
Module: Card:ATI Radeon (fglrx)
Media class: DISPLAY_VGA

cpu #1 (#2 is the same):
Bogomips: 5537.79
Cache size: 512 KB
Coma bug: No
Frequency (MHz): 2798.967
Cpuid family: 15
Cpuid level: 2
F00f bug: No
Fdiv bug: No
Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe cid
Is FPU present: Yes
Whether the FPU has an irq vector: Yes
Halt bug: No
Model: 2
Model name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz

Brigde to AGP:
Vendor: Intel Corp.
Bus: PCI
Bus identification: 8086:2571
Location on the bus: 0:1:0
Description: 82865G/PE/P Processor to AGP Controller
Media class: BRIDGE_PCI
Old 09-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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1. During install you need to adjust the graphics mode...vesa etc. Otherwise use textmode.

2 If the fglrx driver does not work properly then use radeon or radeonhd
Old 09-27-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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Doubt that this is your problem but anyway:

The newest fglrx drivers don't support your card - only the legacy driver.

But I doubt that's the problem because the fglrx driver usually doesn't get installed by default.

Except you installed the latest driver yourself of course.
Old 09-28-2008, 04:22 AM   #4
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Thanks, both of you.
Indeed I did not install any drivers myself, as I am booting from
the distro cd's - which I did not compose myself.
Dumb question: how do I get into a text mode or vesa mode install?
Old 09-28-2008, 07:07 AM   #5
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Dunno - should be somewhere in the install options.Didn't install mand or fed for about 4 years or so.

What you want to do from there (text or vesa install) that you can't by booting into single user or recovery mode or whatever those two call a boot to console?


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