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Old 01-04-2003, 04:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy Redhat 8.0 x server failure

Attempting to get Redhat 8.0 set up on a brand new system – everything seems fine till I get to the X Server configuration. No matter what I select for the video and monitor, the test fails. Continuing on I get a system that can’t start the X server so the screen goes blue and text is whacked.

The Video card and monitor were find in a prior system running RedHat 7.2.

The new system is comprised of:
K7S5A motherboard
PCI Diamond Stealth 64 Video VRAM (2 Megs)
Adapted AHA2940 UW
IBM 20 GIG HardDrive
Smart & Friendly CD Rocket RW (SCSI)
Generic CD Rom IDE
Monitor is an old VGA thing that has worked fine on prior systems – generic.

This system will ultimately be a home server so having a monitor is only nice for occasional maintenance and updating. For the most part in the past everything has been done via remote login using SSH, but just the same this is a concerning issue.

BIOS appears to be the most current, and under it I have adjusted the following:
Plug and Play Aware O/S NO
Primary graphics Adapter PCI
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA YES

As I used GRUB I am not immediately sure how to opt for a command prompt and thus avoid the X Server startup. After failing it does offer to try and figure it out, but no values are returned – eventually I do get a command prompt option, but in BLUE. Not good.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
Old 01-05-2003, 05:19 PM   #2
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This driver may work (I don't know why they have Linux drivers in .exe format):

To stop X from starting edit /etc/inittab, find line
id:5:initdefault:, change 5 to 3, save it, reboot. It should be better now.


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