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Old 05-21-2003, 08:32 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 monitor black out?


i am totally new to this linux thingy, and have been running windows xp in the past.
i have a rather modest set up, but after i installed mandrake to a partition on my second hdd, it decides to go through all that bit where the thing comes up on screen telling you what it is doing, and then, i think after something called 'apm' my monitor signal just stops - and all that comes on is the flashing power-on light on it.

spec:celeron700@1050, 768Mb ram, BXPro mbd, liteon52246s, hitachi dvd, sii680 raid card running hdds (1xIBM120gxp, 80gb, windows, and 1xmaxtor d740x 40gb for linux, both masters on seperate channels). pci radeon 7000 64mb, sblive platinum5.1.

i am new to this linux stuff, and would like to know why it does this - it found my monitor ok and i tested the resolution when i was installing it.

installation also took ages, as it ran all my drives at pio mode only - is there a way of changing this?

ps. i am trying to run mandrake 9.1 downloaded. i checked it with that md5sum thing that i read somewhere, and it said they were ok, burnt the cds with nero on branded media (infineon).

please will someone help, i am in the middle of my first year exams, and it were a bad time to start poking around linux, but my lil bro installed it on his even more modest machine and its working fine!

Old 05-21-2003, 11:28 PM   #2
Douglas Scott
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This happened to me on a machine with a Radeon 9000 Pro card.

I was told by a friend who knows Linux and HW well that the problem is that some gfx cards have not been tested on systems running anything other than Windows variants, and that the cards are unable to run even in low-res mode during the Linux install. I was able to hit <escape> and re-run in text mode, but it is buggy and really horrible to use.

What I plan to try tonight is to put the older gfx card from my previous machine into my new machine and see if it is able to run low-res mode.


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