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Old 08-08-2003, 10:14 PM   #1
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Blue screen when logging in?

Hi I finally got mandrake 9.1 installed so I can maybe get off Window$ but Now when I try to boot after selecting Linux in LiLo It loads everything but when I probably should see the login window I see an empty blue screen which looks like maybe the default background? My specs are:

P4 2.4ghz
512mb DDR Ram
Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 128mb AGP
SiS chipset

also in the installation my USB Microsoft intellimouse explorer wasnt working, will it work once I am in linux?


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Old 08-09-2003, 12:56 AM   #2
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I would have though that the only time you get a "blue screen" is if during installation, you have somehow bypassed "adding a user".

Mandrake, by default doesn't show root as a user on the log in screen (though I'm not quite sure why you are getting a blue screen, without a blank login dialogue box).

I am presuming that you could try one of the other options at boot (again presuming that you are offered them by lilo) of either "linux - nonfb" or "failsafe". See if they offer you an option to start the "runlevel" at 3 (like dos) as opposed to 5 (graphic i.e. kde, gnome, etc etc) you could (I think) then try "startx", and see where that gets you.


If like me, you are often in the dark as to how it works under linux (and have plenty of time), just re-install. This is not always the prefered route that the knowledgable type like (but they also know what do do and where to go - file wise). But as you managed to install it in the first place, just follow the same route, but change anything that you know was "wrong" the first time.

If you do re-install, if mandrake asks you something, to prevent confusion, try to apply what they are asking you i.e. when it wants a root password - then to start with, just use "rootpassword" - you can always change it later. If it asks you about where to install, pick the "use existing partitions" option. For a user, just use stuff like "me" and "mypassword", again you can always change it later.

For your mouse, as you proceed through the install - the default would be something generic like "ps2wheel mouse" or somesuch, it should have a dialogue and then you would have to select "USB Microsoft intellimouse" or maybe just usb or microsoft intellimouse "radio button" - it should then offer you a little "test your mouse screen" where you click the buttons that it asks you.

Post up what happens. And IMO, don't bin windows, just dual boot it, and use linux - then at least if like me, you have lots of disasters to start with, then at least you can boot back into windows to get online assistance and post here!


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Blue Screen? Sure you're not in windows?
Old 08-11-2003, 01:28 PM   #4
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I too am having the same problem with Linux using Mandrake 9.1 I get no login screen, just a blue backgound gradiant type screen sometimes the blue gradient screen will act like it is degrading and actually recycle my monitor (viewsonic E771 w/ standard s3 generic vid card as the default), I have reinstalled mandrake 6 times, even deleted the partition zeroed and reformated the drive completely then repartitioned using partition magic. still nothing. The very first install of mandrake booted as it was suppose to to KDE, I worked in it for several hours configuring all my hardware and then logged out several times in the course of a day and returned to windows inorder to go online to retrieve tech info (still never got my modem operating in Linux). While logging out of KDE at one point my linux froze and nothing I tried to do worked to unfreeze it. I thought that there might be a conflict during the configuring of my hardware in KDE and decided to reinstall after formatting the drive, and now the blue screen effect. Once in about 5 or 6 consecutive reboots, I might get a flicker of the login, but too fast to react. Please help!


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