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Old 11-26-2002, 08:45 PM   #1
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blank screen on first boot...

Im at page 1. Could really use your help. Have installed RH7.3 and 8 to find that as soon as the machine boots and the root(I guess) logs in, the screen goes blank. Thanks for input...

Soyo/AMD K7/500mhz
ATI - Rage Mobility

Old 11-26-2002, 09:27 PM   #2
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where are you logging in? in text mode or in GUI mode?
Old 12-09-2002, 02:07 PM   #3
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I had a similar problem with my ATI Radeon card. I'm wondering if it might have something to do with the incompatability of the ATI cards with linux? (See previous thread) . I'm about ready to give up Hopefully someone will come up with a solution ...

Old 12-10-2002, 06:03 PM   #4
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your problem is you are using the wrong driver for the card and you have enabled framebuffer so it blanks out as soon as it starts to load

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Old 12-10-2002, 06:04 PM   #5
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my laptop is 1.53 ghz, uh, upgrade
Old 12-10-2002, 06:11 PM   #6
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The driver status in X 4.2.1 (which is what RH 8 ships with, I believe) says that the mobility as of 3.3.6 with the ati drivers. Do you know which ones you're using?
Old 12-11-2002, 12:06 PM   #7
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I have an ATI All in Wonder 32 mg which supposedly redhat 8.0 comes with drivers for, but it might not be the exact card. The weird thing is, in testing the graphic mode everything seems to check out and I even get to the screen with the the icons in Gnome etc. When i click on something the screen locks up but the mouse is still free..

ps. It detected the vid card as a Radeon (generic) first off though..I selected it, but still froze upon booting into GUI.

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Old 12-12-2002, 06:08 PM   #8
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I'm having the BLANK SCREEN of death problem, too, when trying to install Red Hat 8.0. And if you couldn't guess it, I'm using an older ATI All-In-Wonder Pro card.

I was originally having some problems installing it on Spare Machine #1 - it would go to start the install server and then flash to a blank screen. I figured I'd give it a try with the same hard drive, but in Spare Machine #2. The graphical installation worked perfectly fine and finished without a hitch.

I pull the hard drive and replace it into Spare Machine #1 (with the ATI card), it begins booting, loads the text startup, I login as root and enter "startx"... guess what happened?

Blank screen.

I've been using Red Hat 7.3 on servers for awhile now and am familiar enough with it to manage what I need to... I guess I just stink at installing and troubleshooting.

So if anyone knows of a fix for this, I'd certainly appreciate some input.
Old 12-12-2002, 07:46 PM   #9
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See my post help a newbi plea for help !! The suggestion there of using the vesa drivers instead worked for me * thanks the heavens... * thanks again all!!
Old 01-18-2003, 02:07 AM   #10
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Question Matrox Millenium goes blank too

I am having the same problem with an old Pentium Pro I'm messing with . I boot from a floppy and the screen goes blank as the bar goes accross the bottom as it's starting to install.

Pentium Pro 200
64 megs of ram
Matrox Millenium video card
1 gig hard drive

Linux Mandrake 9.0


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