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Old 08-23-2003, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hey Folks:

I just got done with a dual boot Windows98/Red Hat 8.0 install minutes ago. Everything went fine with one exception. Throughout the installation program the display was a bit weird. There was a rectangle underneath my cursor and strange bar-code-like marks on my screen.

I ignored it and went through with the installation which went much smoother than I had anticipated. When I proudly logged into linux for the first time the display problem was still happening.

In hopes of curing the problem I messed with the screen resolution. I set it too high and now when I choose linux as my operating system my monitor reports: OUT OF RANGE and goes black.

So my 2 newbie questions are:

How can I get back into linux to reset the resolution?
What's going on with the display in the first place?

Like I said there are strange bar-code looking marks all over, a rectangle under my cursor and sometimes things happening in one half of the screen get duplicated in another.
Processor: AMD K6 650Mhz
Memory: 128 mg
Video Card: Voodoo Banshee 16mg RAM
Monitor: Sylvania F74 17"

many thanks in advance

Old 08-23-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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How can I get back into linux to reset the resolution?
you can jump to a tty console with Ctrl-Alt-F1 through F6, also when things are working whey you jump to a tty console you can jump back to X with Ctrl-Alt-F7. when you get the tty console login and go to root and type xf86config and reconfig your video and your monitor.

What's going on with the display in the first place?
I would suspect you have the wrong video driver loaded. Xf86config has a test function before you save it.

Hope this helps


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