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Old 05-14-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Fedora Installation Problems

i just tried to install Fedora and i tested the DVD and it passed so then i continued to the installation well on the installation it said running annaconda or whatever then it said Probing Video Card- ATI Technology unknown device then a few more things poped up but it switched screens too fast i couldnt tell what it said then the next screen was like it wanted to show the display and it had the blue background thing but it was all distorted and then it went to the black screen with the cursor being the X and moving freely without any problems so what i am thinking that it isnt getting the driver for my video card and so it cant show the display but i dont know how to get a driver for it and if i did get a driver for it how i would i get it to probe and get the driver so any help on this i would be thankful for it.. i am very new to this linux stuff but i am getting tired of microsoft and plus i think that linux would be cool to learn so thank you guys for trying and helping me.
Old 05-15-2007, 01:48 AM   #2
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Please tell us:
which Fedora version,
which video or ATI card is installed in your system?

Old 05-15-2007, 06:57 AM   #3
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Hi I think U should probably wait and watch at that screen for a while (a couple of minutes) then as said by Peter knowing UR fedora version and PC details will help..
Old 05-15-2007, 07:36 AM   #4
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A common issue, that one. FC6 has plenty of trouble with ATI cards from the 1X00 series, especially X1600. Could you be more specific about your hardware? I mean: motherboard, type of hard drives, optical drives, video card.
Old 05-15-2007, 08:28 AM   #5
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Dude, PLEASE use some punctuation, this stream-of-consciousness trip makes it hard to understand your question.

ATI Problems are manifest in Fedora, try Googling "Fedora ATI Drivers"!

Have a look at
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After booting the installation DVD at the boot: prompt, type 'linux text' without the single-quotes and hit return. You will then be able to install Fedora in text-only mode without the X11 graphical installer. Once installed, then you can correct the ATI problems, which may be fixed once you install the updates, as there are updated xorg RPMs. Once the installation is completed and you're running in text mode as root, type 'yum update' to install the available updates. You'll need a speedy cable or DSL Internet connection as there are quite a lot of updated RPMs.

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Old 05-15-2007, 05:21 PM   #7
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I am using a Radeon 1900 256mb Video Card and i am using Fedora Core 6 righ tnow and i tried to install Fedora Core 5 and the same thing happened. i also let it set for 10 minutes on the black screen and nothing happened.
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i tried to install it using the no probe option but it still probed the video card and there wasnt anyting i could do about that. so i tried the installation option on resolution and tried a few resoultions but the same black screen and the cursor was a X and i could move the cursor without any problems. so i tried installing it through the text option but it came up with a error "Error:sil: only 3/4 metadata areas found on /dev/sda, electing.. /dev/sda: "sil" and "nvidia" formats discovered (using nvidia)!" that is the error that occurs and the screen is blue and that is the only thing written on the screen and it wont let me type nothing and it doesnt give me any options. so i tried the text option with the noprobe option and i just selected the nvidia driver because that is the only controller that i use the silicon controller is the SATA 2 controller and i have SATA 1 Hard Drives and my DVD Drive uses the the same Controller. so i have tried everything that i can think of and i have no idea on what else to do. any help on this i would appreciate it.
Old 05-19-2007, 01:05 AM   #9
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I think you should have a go at it without your video card (if it is not an ON BOARD one). Also, if possible try and format (completely ERASE it) your hard drive before trying to install. Here is a free tool that can help you do that:

And when in doubt don't hesitate, you can always format later.


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