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Old 05-22-2003, 06:31 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 - blank screen with graphical install??


OK. Did the redhat9 thing - could not install enlightenment and gave it the heave-ho. Now, I try to install Mandrake9.1 on my desktop and I can't get graphical install to work (nforce2, geforce4 4200). Worked FINE on my laptop (geforce2 to go). Jeezus - I DO get the screen that gives me the option to do a text install (my only option) but why the h@ll do things go south for the rest of the graphical install????? godalmighty - linux=wierd, I guess that's why it's appealing

Help, anyone?
Old 05-22-2003, 10:01 PM   #2
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Your card should be supported; my 9.1 reports the option for 'geforce4 generic'.

For some 9.1 installation tips, look here:


Old 05-23-2003, 08:33 AM   #3
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I donno if the default xf86config would help or not, but do give it a try, but please back up your /etc/X11/XF86Config or XF86Config-4 file (just cp it to some other name)

when u are in the login screen, press ctrl+alt+1 to go to tty01 and login there (as root) then type xf86config. follow those instructions. if you are really good at editing that cursed file use an editor and edit the device section and make it choose the geforce 4 generic chipset there... i donno the proper parameters, i guess some of us can help u here.

after u think you're done, get back to the X server by pressing ctrl+alt+f7 and login, then type X or startx or xinit, you should be in there.
Old 05-23-2003, 09:51 AM   #4
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Cripe. I read somewhere it's best to DISABLE ACPI in the bios. B frigin S. I can't even get my machine to RUN without ACPI. Problem fixed!


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