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Old 03-31-2004, 05:31 PM   #1
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Display is messed up (HP nx9010 on Red Hat 9)


I am very new to Linux and I am attempting to install Red Hat 9 on HP nx9010 laptop in a Virtual PC 2004. The installation itself went through without any special problems. After I boot, though, the Virtual PC screen gets resized and the display is all messed up (some characters and objects are recognizable, but it is not usable). I searched the web and apparently this particular laptop is known to have issues with Linux install. I tried all recommendations that I could find, but it still doesn't load the graphic interface properly. I would like to launch Xconfigurator, but it says that the command is not recognized.

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to change/adjust monitor settings. Please use plain English if possible - I have decent experience with and knowledge of DOS and Windows, but not Linux/UNIX.

Thank you!

Old 03-31-2004, 10:39 PM   #2
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Alright then. Plain and simple english.







That should basically fix it.
Old 03-31-2004, 11:05 PM   #3
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:-) Well, that's a natural choice and, frankly, I am leaning this way. But what other options are available? Does any other Linux flavor perfom better (or at all) on a laptop?

Old 04-13-2004, 04:53 AM   #4
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It does work, however

Hi Serioga

I managed to install Red Hat 9.0 (Shrike) on my nv9010 without a fuss. I created a boot disk from the \dosutils dir on the first cd, booted with it (did the media check for each cd) then proceeded. I installed the server version, selected Generic Laptop 1024x768, selected ATI Mobility Radeon (there's a few, I think I chose the 7500), and my installation appears to be fine (I did a graphical installation, installed X, kde etc) and it works kinda fine. I say kinda because:

On bootup, it freezes by "checking for new hardware", so I hit the "i" key while booting to go into interactive boot, and when asked to start kudzu, I select n. The rest is all yes..

Once in the x windows, all appears to be fine.


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