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Old 01-21-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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Redhat S3 Problems


I have recently installed Redhat 7.3 and i am having problems getting my S3 SDAC 86C716 graphics card or monitor to work correctly.

I do not know how i can tell which it is....

I re-installed and this time did not configure X, so that i can logon using root. Then ran Xconfigurator, tried numerous different settings but still no joy.

Baffled, because the graphical install works fine. Cannot use superprobe, as i cannot locate it, or rather it does not appear to be where the 'howtos' say it should be.

Someone, please help, wasted a lot of time on this now.

IBM PC Server 310
256 Ram
40g HDD

Many thanks!
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Old 01-24-2003, 07:13 AM   #2
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Try checking the supported video cards list at xfree.org

You could also try dropping down the vesa mode (that's probably what the install program is using).
 
Old 01-24-2003, 11:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply!

The S3 SDAC 86C716 card is listed in the available cards for the install program and Xconfigurator.

But no matter what settings i choose, it still doesn't work.

How can i tell if this is a card or a monitor problem.

My monitor is a Goldstar 1468 which is NOT listed in Xconfigurator or install program, but i have set the settings to match both H and V.

Have almost given up now....

thanks again...
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Old 01-26-2003, 02:45 PM   #4
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I have swapped monitors, and Xconfigurator managed to detect this monitors settings, so can i now presume that this problem is definitely my S3 card?

Why if the card is listed can i not get it to work?
 
Old 01-27-2003, 06:59 AM   #5
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Could you define "still doesn't work"? I can't really visualise what's going wrong here.
 
Old 01-27-2003, 12:29 PM   #6
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Sorry mhearn, thanks again for your interest!

Just as a test, i swapped monitors, so that i could at least elminate this as being a problem.

Using the --expert mode in Xconfigurator i choose the correct S3 card. Then Xconfigurator probes the monitor (did not do this with the old monitor), so i choose to use the settings it has found.

Then i choose a resolution, 1024 downwards....

Select 'Test' and i get a blank screen for a few seconds, then it returns to Xconfigurator saying that it has not been setup correctly. During my different tests i did manage to get a 640*480 resolution, but only in the bottom half of the monitor.

I am also pretty sure that i have managed to get this to work in Mandrake, but not since. Nothings Changed!

???

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Old 01-27-2003, 12:46 PM   #7
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Hmmm, not sure about this one. Try altering the color depth and refresh rates to be lower. Otherwise try a different card.
 
Old 01-27-2003, 12:52 PM   #8
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Thanks! Looks like that is the only option left to me....

Just another quick question you might be able to help me with.

I have CD's for both the new Redhat 8 and Mandrake 9, neither of which i can seem to boot from. They both return the following message.

ISOLINUX 1.76 Mandrake Linux ISOLinux: Loading spec packet failed, trying to wing it...
isolinux failed to locate CD-ROM device: boot failed.

Using the same IBM server, all SCSI hard drives and CD-rom.
 
Old 01-27-2003, 01:07 PM   #9
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Sorry, can't help you with that. Maybe the CD drive isn't set up to boot cds properly?
 
Old 04-09-2003, 09:21 PM   #10
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One thing that you can do is to upgrade your BIOS, there's a problem with the ISO linux in the RH 8.0, the previous versions were using syslinux.

http://www.wimsbios.com

Visit that page to help you to upgrade your BIOS>


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Thanks! Looks like that is the only option left to me....

Just another quick question you might be able to help me with.

I have CD's for both the new Redhat 8 and Mandrake 9, neither of which i can seem to boot from. They both return the following message.

ISOLINUX 1.76 Mandrake Linux ISOLinux: Loading spec packet failed, trying to wing it...
isolinux failed to locate CD-ROM device: boot failed.

Using the same IBM server, all SCSI hard drives and CD-rom.
 
  


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