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Old 03-05-2004, 07:02 PM   #1
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Question Display goes black on First boot


I have installed Linux on my Laptop, Compaq Presario 1400, Linux version is Redhat 9, but on First boot, display goes blank, i tried to wait for a while but nothing happened, i think i messed up with display driver, i selected Laptop monitor type at the time of installation. Any Idea, anyone?
Old 03-06-2004, 08:17 PM   #2
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I just installed Mandrake 9.2 on an IBM 770z. Got a blank screen, error when I tried startx. I just reinstalled a couple of times, using the upgrade option, and the second time was able to pick the right XFree options to get the display working, very well actually.

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when you boot to a blank screen, I think "ctrl-alt-bksp" will get you to the prompt, where you can edit the xf86config, using the "vi" editor.

this worked with my nvidia driver RH9, Toshiba several time while experimenting with the settings.


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