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Old 10-23-2003, 02:04 AM   #1
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Angry Cant install RedHat 9 w/ Gforce FX 5200.....

Hello everyone,

I finally decided to start attempting to use linux, I have done a few installs before and had no problems. I have a fairly new box that I built not to long ago that I was going to do a dual boot on, and I'm having some problems.

When I go to start installing RedHat 9 it starts loading, and as soon as it tries to go into the GUI mode for the install, my monitor clicks off and it seems that its out of the refresh rate???? I didnt set a refresh rate tho... I dont know whats going on! I tried doing the lowres install and that didnt work either.

System Hardware:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Geforce FX 5200 128MB
40 Gig WD HD
30 Gig Seagate HD
512MB Ram
Gigabyte Board

Any help would be great!


P.S. I guess what monitor I had would help too....
ViewSonic E90fb
Old 10-23-2003, 02:25 AM   #2
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do u have built in display controller ..... ?????if yes...then try using other display PCI know wht's problem

cheer up

Last edited by chapluali; 10-23-2003 at 02:26 AM.
Old 10-23-2003, 09:03 AM   #3
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you need to go into etc/X11/XF86Config and change the driver from ves to nv.

boot into redhat and when the loss of signal occurs press "ctrl+alt+F1"

switch to run level 3:
init 3
or you can just try to boot straight into init 3 via:

-In the graphical GRUB boot loader screen (not sure if its the same for LILO), select the Red Hat Linux boot label and press [e] to edit it.
-Arrow down to the kernel line and press [e] to edit it.
-At the prompt, type init 3 and press [Enter].
-You will be returned to the GRUB screen with the kernel information. Press the [b] key to boot the system into init 3 mode.
Anyhoo once in run level 3 you now need to open the XF86Config file:

cd /etc/X11
vi XF86Config
Scroll down to where it says device and enter insert mode (press a or i) and then edit the line that says:

"Driver vesa"

make it say

"Driver nv"


Hopefully that'll do the trick for ya.
Old 10-23-2003, 09:14 AM   #4
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But its not even installed?? I can do all that editing before its even installed?

Thanks again,
Old 10-23-2003, 12:12 PM   #5
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when you start installing use the "linux text" option.
I have the same card and had to use this method to install RH9.

Keep in mind the earlier posts thou' as you will probably need them when you boot up first time.
Old 10-23-2003, 12:13 PM   #6
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yeah, thats all i had to do to get my fx5200 to work. I selected nvidia FX series of cards in the installation of redhat but it still chose to use the vesa driver for some reason.


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