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Old 12-16-2003, 05:17 AM   #1
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Unhappy Monitor crash on RedHat 9 with S3 ProSavageDDR. What should I do?


I bought a book on Linux that came with RedHat 9. I have installed it in my PC. Had to use text mode because the monitor went black if I didn't. After all has been installed, I succeed in booting the system but I still get a monitor crash at the end, right after the X server loads.

I imagine it is a driver problem, no?

My Monitor is correctly selected, but I can't find the S3 ProSavageDDR in the list of drivers. The loader selects a different driver by default.

Can you give me a little help with this? I'm stuck.
Old 12-16-2003, 04:50 PM   #2
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your best bet would probably be to use the vesa driver. login and type


and enter your root password that you set up when u installed rh. edit the X config file, type:

vi /etc/X11/XF86Config

note that capitalization is important in *nix (Linux, etc.). go to the line that says driver and change it so that it reads

Driver "vesa"

instead of whatever the current setting is. note that vi is a little unintuitive. you need to press the INSERT key to edit the text and press the ESCAPE key to get back to operational mode. save the config file by typing while in operational mode:

:sav /etc/X11/XF86Config

exit vi by typing:


attempt to start the x server, type:


if the changes were effective, you should be in the x environment. also, make sure that your monitor can handle the resolution settings in the lower portion of the XF86Config file. if it can't, edit out some of the higher resolutions.


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