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Old 07-18-2004, 11:21 PM   #1
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Suse 9.1 Linux and Monitor Problems


I am using Suse 9.1. Yesterday, I was running the Linux just fine with a Dell 19" Monitor. I came back home yesterday evening and hooked my computer up to a Gateway 17" V700. Now whenever I turn on the computer, Linux loads up but before I can get to the splash screen, I get this message:

Signal Frequency is out of Range.
FH>94.8kHz FV>88Hz
Please Change
Signal Timing

Does anybody know how to fix this problem so that I can use Suse again? Thanks. I have a dual boot, and Windows XP is working just fine, I'm only having a problem with Linux.

Old 07-19-2004, 06:21 AM   #2
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Does this error show when running XFree86/KDE/Gnome or something similar? If so, you may need to edit the XF86Config or XF86Config-4 files in your /etc/X11 directory.

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Old 07-19-2004, 06:36 AM   #3
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One of the reasons why I Never start up in level 5 -- I always start up at level 3 and start X manually. Level 5 starts X automatically so if it's broken you are stuck.

If you can get into a Console then just start SAX2 and re-configure X.

If you can't then boot the original install media (CD 1 or DVD 1) and select Installation -- then choose the language and Keyboard and wait for the next screen -- Select REPAIR INSTALLED SYSTEM.

You will have a number of options -- so choose custom repair and you'll be able to re-configure the screen / video.

Also go into the run level editor to change the defualt level from 5 to 3.
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Actually I would reccomend not using the repair install. Maybe I'm used to the Windows version of "repair" but it never worked.

I'd suggest getting a copy of the Trinity Rescut Kit. TRK is a bootable Linux distro with tools for Windows and Linux maintenence.

(TRK has a script that will mount all detectable partitions in the root directory, thus /dev/hda3 is mounted as /hda3)
run the command "mountallfs"

opening the file /hda3/etc/inittab
(modify this based which partition your root folder is on)

# The default runlevel is defined here
change the "5" to a "3", therefore you have:
# The default runlevel is defined here
That'll at least give you a command prompt to work with.
From there you can open SaX2 in text mode, and hopefully troubleshoot it a bit more easily.
And keep the TRK CD around, it'll probably come in handy sometime later. It sure has for me!

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Old 07-19-2004, 01:44 PM   #5
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Originally posted by 1kyle
One of the reasons why I Never start up in level 5 -- I always start up at level 3 and start X manually. Level 5 starts X automatically so if it's broken you are stuck.
Since when?

You can:

Surf the web
Play movies and music
Edit text
Read newsgroups
Receive, read and send email
Administer your system
Download, upload, transfer, and otherwise manage files
Burn CDs
Edit images

without X (there are command-line programs to do all these things, and probably more that I don't know about).

Now, if you don't know about these tools, or don't know how to use them, that's one thing, but this is not Windows. Losing X (temporarily) is far from the end of the world, and certainly not the end of your ability to use or manage your PC. There's plenty of people, presumably even using SuSE, that don't use X at all.


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