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Old 08-10-2005, 02:28 AM   #1
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FC4 "unknown monitor" on compaq laptop

I have a Compaq Presario 1600, pentium III laptop and am having trouble with viewing my LCD screen while trying to installing Fedora Core 4 on it. Fedora Core 3 worked fine.

As soon as anaconda starts it states "unknown monitor" and several seconds later the screen goes coompletely blank.

I tried several install options, incl "noprobe", linux resolution=.....", "linux nofb" all of which failed to make any difference.

So after reading posts in forums i decided to do a "linux text" install. This worked fine but i still need to sort out the monitor problem. After that i add " 3" to the grub boot loader entry to make it boot without into shell.

At that point i have the option of running "setup" and then selecting "X configuration" and that also fails.

Then i tried using "joe" to edit the xorg.config in etc/x11 directory. This is what i typed after logging in as root "joe /etc/X11/xorg.conf" to which i get the error "-bash: joe: command not found".
So i navigated to the directory and the xorg.conf file is definately there.

Im only a linux newbie so this might have been a stupid conclusion but i wondered if Joe was installed so i tried "gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf" to which i got the error: (gedit:2402): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Failing all that i booted into windows 2000 installed a etx2 file reader and found that while i can browse the file directories, open files etc, i CANNOT modify them, or move other files into the directories.

So then i installed FC3 in another partion because i knew it supported my monitor and went to modify the FC4 xorg.conf file from there but found the FC4 partiton wasnt mounted and i couldnt figure out how to do it.....and by then i was not very patient i moved on.

Well after all that i thought i had a bright idea and so i downloaded a Knoppix Live cd and ran that and while i could see the file and open it i couldnt save the modified version or copy the FC3 xorg.conf file over the top of the FC4 one for some unknown reason.

Now i am stuck big time and have no idea what to do or where to go from here. I guess i would rather copy the FC3 file over the top of the FC4 version but will modify the FC4 xorg.conf manually if i could only figure out how to go about it.

So please please please help......before i thrown the damn thing out the window. Lol
Old 08-10-2005, 06:15 AM   #2
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$ man mount

Mount your FC4 partition in FC3 (or knoppix) and edit xorg.conf from there.

hth --Jonas


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