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Old 01-13-2004, 05:38 PM   #1
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Angry HELP!! Linux still doesn't work, boot problems

REDHAT 9 STILL DOESN'T WORK!!! i had so many problems trying to get redhat to even install and now it installed but wont boot properly, it just loads all the stuff at the begginning and freezes on the pcmcia slot detection, so someone told me to skip that by pressing i, but it still screws up and goes to a blue screen with a yes or no dialogue, with nothing asked or anything, and if u click yes, it comes up with another screen that tells u a bunch of boot problems, and at the very bottem it says no screen detected, and if you click no instead of yes it brings you to a black screen that asks u the hostname or user name and password, i can only type in the user name, and when it asks u the password it doesn't let me type anything, almost like the keyboard freezes, and it just keeps saying password or username incorrect. HELP PLEASE!! I REALY WANT LINUX!
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:34 PM   #3
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Dumb question! What is in the pcmcia slot? If it's a modem, for example, can you remove it before powering up the computer. Does the boot process still freeze there?
What computer are you installing Red Hat on. More details might help solve your problem.
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The reason that the password isn't coming is because it's hidden. It's being written but you can't se it (no **** marks the password)
Old 01-14-2004, 07:42 AM   #5
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please give us more information about your hardware. then we will try to help u.
or u can try fedora .. its newer than redhat 9.0.. it supports more hardware.
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When you click yes and you get errors about no screens detected, it's trying to boot you into X rather than into command line. You'll need to reconfigure X for your system.

When you click No and get the black screen with a command prompt asking for username/password, enter your username and password. You'll be logged into Linux at that point.

However, it sounds like you'll need to do some serious configuring for your hardware. Are you on a laptop? If not, why probe for pcmcia slots? If so, maybe you should try removing hardware until it stops giving errors. It sounds like you've got some stuff to deal with in your bios too, but I can't really tell until we get more information on your system and some more precise error messages.

BTW, once you get to the black screen with the username/password and enter in root for username and password for root as you set it during install, you should have no problems working through command line. You might have to reconfigure X for your hardware (not sure of the command in RedHat, but in Slack it's xf86config).

Another thing you can do is look at other distributions that might suit your needs better. Hope this helps.
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Yeah, rh is the same. Type

once you've logged in. You then go through a bunch of text-based menus.

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I don't think Red Hat has xf86config, but if it did it would be in /usr/X11R6/bin/xf86config. but with Red Hat, you should type redhat-config-xfree86.

When prompted for a username, type root, and for a password type the root password you gave the installer during the Red Hat linux installation (You won't see the password while you type it, but the keyboard isn't stuck).

Then, type redhat-config-xfree86 (case sensitive), and configure X through there.
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thanks for all the responded, yea im on a brand new hp pavilion laptop. total newbie, never used linux before, but i heard some good things about it, and im sick of win xp and all the updates and problems all the time. Also my laptop has wi fi and stuff too, so im wondering if i will have any problems with that, In the linux installation i made a password, but it doesn't work, does it have to be root, or is it the password it asked me to create during set? THNX!
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In the linux installation i made a password, but it doesn't work, does it have to be root, or is it the password it asked me to create during set?
that would depend on whether you logged in as root or as the user you created. if logging in as root, use the root password, if logging in as user created during install, use the password for that user. just a tip, while learning you may want to use the same password for user and root to keep things simple. later on as you become more familiar w/ the os a password for any user is easy enough to change.
good luck.


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