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Old 03-23-2004, 06:12 PM   #1
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M5N laptop install help, green screen

hi, i am using red hat 9 distribution . i am doing a dual boot s etup with winxp and rh9, i was able to do this successfully, but rh9 does not boot into the GUI interface. after all the processes with the OK's finish, it just goes to a Green Screen, and i dont know what to do as i am a super newbie..

i am using the Asus m5n laptop ( this is pretty new, came out like couple weeks ago ) so i guess its something liek the display drivers but i dont know to do change config files and stuff like that in linux if you can help me, that woudl be awsome. :]

anyways, any help/tips woudl help me ( i set it to the text interface becuase when i installed it, the text inferface only worked, so i figured.. that should work too.. )

Old 03-24-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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Hey there...

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Just about every laptop graphics chipset that I've owned has had teething troubles early on with Linux. There are a number of threads on Google posted by people with your problem (same video chipset, installing RH9), so there's probably nothing inherently wrong with your machine. :-)

I believe that you're right in thinking that it's probably your display drivers, whether they've been incorrectly probed and autoconfigured, or incorrectly identified. The file you're looking to modify is most likely XF86Config (or XF86Config-4) in /etc/X11. Take a look for valid XF86Config files for your laptop on the net. If you need help modifying it (i.e. if you can't find a whole usable file for your computer), let me know.

A fellow installed various distros and OSs on his Gateway 350X, which has a similar graphics chip (an integrated 852GME). He seems to have had numerous issues getting the video card recognized, but solved the problems. He provides contact info and may be a good resource for configuring your gear.

Sorry -- gotta get back to work. Hope this helps a bit. Get back with questions or if you need more info.

Good luck!

Old 03-24-2004, 04:14 PM   #3
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thanks for your input, ill be trying all that stuff now... hopeuflly i succeedd.

Old 09-18-2004, 12:00 AM   #4
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I actually struggled with the same problem, and a few others... I'm running Gentoo but it shoudl be similar (if not identical):

Hopefully this works for you!

Old 03-28-2005, 08:29 AM   #5
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installing mandrake to asus M5N

when i try to install mandrake
i get a black screen when loading the graphical mode.

How can i solve this problem??
Old 03-28-2005, 09:00 AM   #6
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how can i install a new driver for intel 855 GME driver using the text mode of mandrake 10.0

Because i couldn't start the graphical mode of that....

Please help me....


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