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Old 11-30-2004, 01:42 PM   #1
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Angry Problems starting Red Hat Linux


Hi. This is my first, but probably not my last post. I've just installed Red Hat Linux on my machine (Fedora Core 2). When trying to install, Just after detedting the Monitor, GFX card and Mouse, I lost the display. I tried again, this time using the "linux text" command, and using the test based installer. I now have Linux installed, but whenever it trys to boot, the monitor goes blank. There still appears to be hard disk activity.

I have a 256mb Radeon 9200 card, and a Samsumg Syncmaster 1100p monitor.

Can anybody suggest what I can do???
 
Old 12-01-2004, 08:49 AM   #2
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well considering that Fedora is not exactly RH Linux you may have failed to attract attention to the thread. have you tried reinstalling? Did you install with all the CDs/DVD from the site? and which processor do you have? x86? 64?

Is this a dual boot? and i hate to ask, but is ur monitor properly connected (you'd be surprised how often ive seen this happen)

I run with a Samsung SyncMaster 910v (19in LCD) and Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 XT w/ 256...
Much more info required...
 
Old 12-01-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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Chances are it's incorrectly setting your Hsync/Vsync rates, and your monitor is turning itself off to stop it being damaged.

Try booting to runlevel 3 and running xorgconfig (or xf86config) and changing your monitor settings. (or editting the config files directly)
 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:19 PM   #4
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I'm still a bit mixed up by all the variations. Its Fecora Core 2 I am trying to install. Yes, I have tried reinstalling. The machine is dual boot, using GRUB, I also have Windows XP installed. Monitor is connected correctly. I've also tried a HP75 monitor, but the same thing happens.The DVD was downloaded, and a media check runs fine. I have an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ with 512 MB, DDR400 RAM. when booting the DVD, I try to install in graphic mode. It will display "Running anaconda, the fedora system installer". Will then find the vdeo card correctly (radeon 9200), and the monitor (syncmaster), and then mouse. Just as X server is about to start, I lose the display. So I go back and try installing using "linux text". This installs the OS fine. When I reboot and try to run it through the GRUB bootloader, it starts loading. The message "Welcome to the fedora core, press I to start interactivly" message appears, then the display goes dead. (i've tried hitting "i" to do this, but nothing happens.

I've downloaded the driver for the graphics card from teh ATI website. I cannot follow the instructions to install it because I do not get to a command prompt. I've tried hitting CTRL,ALT, F1 at startup, but nothing happens as the monitor is cutting out whilst in Text mode. The only text prompt I can use is GRUB.


My spec:
AMD Athlon XP 1700+
512MB DDR400 PC3200 RAM
Radeon 9200 256mb Graphics
Samsung Syncmaster 100p Plus 21" CRT Monitor
1 X 80GB HDD (grub boot loader and Windows XP installed)
1 X 120GB HDD (Linux Installed)
8X DVD ROM

I'm really desperate to get this running, so I can get learning and scrap my Windows partition. Any help is hugely appriciated.
 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:22 PM   #5
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How do I boot Run level 3? I do not get any text prompt because the display is cutting out whilst in text mode.
 
Old 12-01-2004, 01:58 PM   #6
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hmmm, in that case it might be the framebuffer too, does your monitor do 1024x768?

If you were using lilo I'd say boot with vga=normal (or is it vga normal? one of the two).
 
Old 12-01-2004, 02:10 PM   #7
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Yup, monitor will do upto 2048x1536. I use 1600x1200 in Win XP and it looks perfect.

I don't get the option to use the LILO boot loader. During the fedora installation, it gives me the option to use the GRUB boot loader, or use no boot loader.
 
Old 12-02-2004, 05:32 PM   #8
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ror & bigmac:

Thanks for you replies. Never really got to the bottom of the problem, but i've downloaded and installed Fedora Core 3 and all is working fine.
 
  


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