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Old 06-10-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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Change Display Settings / Video Drivers

I just installed RedHat 9 on my laptop (dell 5150) and I am dual booting with WinXP.
Grub is the bootloader.
When RedHat loads into the GUI, It's just a bunch of little purple "boxes" and a mess.

I would like to know how to get into the command prompt from the Grub bootloader, and how to change the video to a generic vesa driver (or the nvidia geforce fx go5200).

Are there any step by steps or guide?
ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, I'm new so don't assume that anything is too easy or obvious.

Old 06-12-2004, 01:52 PM   #2
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I encountered the same problem on a computer of my friends.


when redhat boots it asks you to type I in you want to select the startup type you want to use. I dont exactly remember what to close but close every process that is related to xWindow (X11R6). Then the graphical boot screen closes itself and system return to shell login screen. After this step login to your system and type the command 'setup' in the shell. There you can configure the startup type for your linux redhat. I am not sure if this still works but i used it once.
Old 06-12-2004, 08:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
I was unsuccessful in closing all aspects of X-Windows and installing the correct nvidia drivers. After trying things for a couple of hours, I just reinstalled Red Hat 9 and let the installer use the incorrect vesa driver.

That's where I stand with it now .. at least it works!
I'm still too new to linux to try stuff that may make the system unusable.
Back to studying!

Thanks again though.


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