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Old 04-27-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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Fedora 10 Graphics/Toshiba P305D

I just picked up a Toshiba P305D-S8995E and installed Fedora 10 on it.

System Specs:

AMD Turion 64 x2
ATI Radeon X1250
17.1" Display 1440x900

I first saw the problem when I finished the installation and after it rebooted (before the completion wizard displayed). Here are some links to some images to what it's doing:

Does anyone have any suggestions? When the computer boots, I see this message: MP-BIOS bug 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC I googled this particular error and am not convinced it's my problem (and I can't figure out how to turn it off in my BIOS anyway).

I've googled everything I can think of to fix this; I'd appreciate some pointers.

Also, yesterday after several reboots, it did start; I was able to use it for a bit. I had wondered if there was a problem with the display somehow. I had at one point installed Fedora 10 on a server and the login screen complained about not being able to display my resolution. That's not related to this specific problem, but an experience that made me wonder.

When my notebook starts, the typical startup screen takes only a square in the upper left part of the display. I don't care about that so much, but I wonder if the resolution's going from the square to the widescreen is related.

I'm using Fedora 10 on my desktop and it works just fine. I'm not completely new to Linux, but this is both my first 64-bit architecture and notebook.
Old 04-29-2009, 06:21 AM   #2
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what happens when you do a Ctrl+Alt+backspace ?
does it reset itself ?
Old 04-30-2009, 12:10 AM   #3
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I was trying to do an edit/update yesterday (I think) to mention that I've been able to determine it's in one of the updates. I did two installs where I pulled the updates from the Fedora repository over the net during the installation, and one sort of last ditch approach without it. That one worked (that was the installtion where, in my original post, I mentioned I was able to use the machine for a bit)... right up until I did a yum update to the system. On reboot, bloop! Same thing. I had the same results with the Fedora 10 32-bit installation: as soon as I updated my system, the lines were back. No, I don't know which one was the cause.

Thanks for responding. I figured I'd befuddled the collective genius here at LQ, a place I'd come to for answers before when trying to do things with my desktop (normally linked via google on a keyword search or something).

Being the proactive type, I continued to look for solutions. The 64-bit OpenSUSE distro installed the first time with no problems (other than I'm trying to get used to it).

I wish I could answer your question; that's the sort of thing I was hoping to find here. I'll keep it in mind if there's a next time.


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