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Old 11-20-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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Installing Fedora 14 and getting "Please check pc display settings" during CD boot

Hey all, I'm new.

I pulled down a distro of Fedora 14 and am trying to install it on an older Dell 4400 Dimension. The box has a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 and 1G of RAM. I followed the instructions on the Fedora Project site to burn an .iso image to CD and then set the BIOS to boot from the CD. It boots, sorta, goes through the first screen or two and then pops a blue box saying "Please check pc display settings" and at that point I can't tell what is happening behind the kimono.

Sure would like to start learning and using this OS but I'm pretty green and can't seem to find the right way to hold my mouth to get this stuff loaded.

Any help appreciated,
Old 11-20-2010, 04:08 PM   #2
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PC display settings

Just an 'off the top' guess, but might you have an incompatible video card?
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This gets curiouser and curiouser. I upgraded the drivers for my video card, which reset the screen resolution, and tried to install Fedora again. The screen was visible this time, the previous error was gone, but after the progress bar went to the end it just sat there and will not continue the install.

So, I tried Ubuntu 10.10 again. It goes part of the way through the install and then throws an error. The install log shows the following message:

11-21 14:11 ERROR TaskList: Cannot download the metalink and therefore the ISO
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "\lib\wubi\backends\common\", line 197, in __call__
File "\lib\wubi\backends\common\", line 492, in get_iso
File "\lib\wubi\backends\common\", line 330, in download_iso
Exception: Cannot download the metalink and therefore the ISO

I wish I knew more about this stuff, I have no idea how to resolve either issue. Maybe I'll try Knoppix next. This is frustrating, everybody tells me how easy it is to install, but it's always something different to thwart me.
Old 11-22-2010, 12:53 PM   #4
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I upgraded the drivers for my video card, which reset the screen resolution, and tried to install Fedora again
it dose not work this way

you install the driver for the video card AFTER you install the OS
and for fedora 14 and old hardware you might have to install fedora in "text only" mode ( NO GUI - terminal ONLY )
then install the driver
IF the old video card IS SUPPORTED
not all are any more .If the video card is older than 7 years -- it is not supported

i have a old DELL 8200 and the nvidia gforce2 card is not supported any longer .
After 9 years i would not expect it to be supported

for that old system i would install CentOS 5.5
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Do you have an onboard video card in that system?

If it is new enough to have a compatible video card slot (AGP would probably still work IF you can still buy / find an AGP based video card - or PCI-E of course) why not just pop in a video card?

E. g. as the other posters suggested, you most probably have a video display system that is much too old to work with a very new distro / kernel version. It should work in text mode for an install, if you can try that, but you'll most probably then not be able to get into any form of GUI (via Xwindows) once the distro is installed since your card is too old.

Note that installing a "video driver" is pointless if you have no operating system installed yet. You must first install the operating system, THEN a video driver which tells the operating system how to drive the video display.

Note that if you have a VESA compatible card (ancient stuff as far as I know) if I remember right there are some kernel boot params you should be able to pass to attempt to force the install to use VESA compliant commands to drive the display (at least while installing.)

Alternatively, you can try and use the text (non-GUI) install. But you will still most probably run into problems when booting the first time, since the newly installed distro might try to start up in GUI mode, which will again just give you a blank, black screen. (This can be sidestepped - use the rescue disc and then edit /etc/inittab and make sure the

is replaced with

and reboot. You'll then start up in text mode, not GUI mode. Then you can maybe fiddle with compiling alternate display drivers or edit your xorg.conf to maybe try different drivers to get the GUI / Xorg working.


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