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Old 10-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question Dim display on the first installation window of RHEL 5.5


Hello,

I am trying to install RHEL 5.5 using rhel-server-5.5-i386-dvd DVD on my DELL Inspiron 1464 Laptop. However, after probing the hardware, I see a message at the bottom of the screen regarding xwindow, (cannot read it as it disappears fast) and then the first page of installation loads.
(this has a redhat logo and a forward button at lower right corner) BUT this page is extremely DIM. Its as good as its not there.

I have


DISPLAY:Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator HD (Core 3i) Intel Corporatoin Compatible
PROC: Intel (R) Core(TM) i3 M330 @ 2.13Ghz
RAM: 4.00 GB

Can you please help me here ? What should I do to fix the issue?
Also, earlier I was able to install Fedora 13 (32bit) successfully (dual boot with Win 7 Pro 64bit).

I have no clue on how should I proceed ?


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Old 10-05-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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If you have not done so already, do the following:
1. backup any important data - whether in Windows or any other OS
2. burn a rescue CD/DVD such as Parted Magic or SystemRescue


If you burned the DVD yourself, check the burned DVD to the image file to see if the two match - for instance check the md5sum.

You could go forward with the install to see how the next screen looks or check to see if the install can be done in text mode instead of graphics gui mode.

I'm curious to know if you have a specific reason for installing RHEL over Fedora.
 
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:05 AM   #3
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thank you btncix

yes, I have backed up all the im portant data.As per advise I checked md5sum, no issues there. I have not done non-gui mode installation before, but will give a try today. I am practising Oracle 10G on RHEL on my dekstop, but since desktop is slow I thought of installing RHEL on laptop which has 4G RAM.Fed 13 freezees all of a sudden for no reason and I have to restart.


I tried to install it again, the way I was doing earlier, and it shows a location to see logs, but since the message disappears real quick I could not read it, even if find the location, how can I go locate it as I never completed the installation.

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:48 AM   #4
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Hi there,

I was able to install in text mode successfully. It booted taking RunLevel = 3. I was at tty1. I tried 'startx', it went to a totally black screen. I cannot tell if its so dim that nothing is visible or there is no display. I had to reboot, as going back to tty1 did not work.

I changed the RunLevel to 5 from '/etc/inittab'. Still no display. One thing I remember, I was trying to switch between tty using the key CTRL+ALT+ Function keys, only once the display came and I could see the actual redhat desktop with a Trash icon and stangly in the system menu, it had 'logoff' and 'suspend' instead of 'shutdown'.

Please help.
 
Old 10-07-2010, 01:16 AM   #5
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This is getting beyond my expertise, but I do not recommend you simply switch the runlevels.

First, google to see if there are any issues with your graphics card or laptop with Xorg/RHEL/Fedora.

See if you get any error messages from exiting startx and go from there. You should also look into Xorg. The man page for Xorg will have more details. Related to this will be the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. You'll need to figure out specific information about your graphics card and monitor such as memory, resolution size, horizontal sync, and vertical sync, etc.

If you have liveCDs of Fedora or Ubuntu, I might consider running those on your laptop to see if you experience similar problems. If you can practice Oracle 10G on a different distro besides RHEL/Fedora, that might be an option to consider.

Another suggestion is to check the CentOS community for help with RHEL and Fedora.


Edit:
Actually, switching runlevels and then running startx is the right way to go. Then try to see if any error messages can give you further clues.

Last edited by btncix; 10-15-2010 at 02:09 AM.
 
Old 10-07-2010, 02:11 AM   #6
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I happen to come across this. Not sure if it will help.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...orking-836478/
 
  


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