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Old 05-18-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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Screen signal shutsdown when installing Fedora 9

Just trying out my first Linux Distro and have run into a problem. When trying to install Fedora 9 (Fedora-9-x86_64-DVD.iso) I can get up to the menu, where it says "Install", "Install (Text)", "Memory Check" etc. When I click the non-text install, it will offer to check the disk (which passes) and will begin to install. All I see is one line of code, something along the lines of "GeForce 8800GTS [640MB] detected" then 2 other lines of code will be shown for about 0.1 seconds and then the screen goes black. The little light on the screen will stay green but there is no actual image.


BenQ 22" widescreen
Asus 8800GTS 640MB
Hard drive that will be used to install Fedora on is completely clean.

What I have tried already:
- tried leaving the computer for about 20 minutes, thinking the installation might pick up it isn't working - nothing happened, screen stayed black and computer looked and sounded as if it was idle.
- tried installing 4 or 5 times, with the same problem always occuring.
- tried connecting the screen via D-Sub (normally DVI) and the same thing occurs.
- tried both DVI ports on graphics card - nothing.
- tried doing the text based install - I had no idea what I was doing so couldn't continue.
- tried a Live CD install - same problem occurs with screen turning off.
- tried searching google, couldn't find anything.
- run memory check - all good results.

Would anyone know a fix for getting the screen to stay on?
If need be, a guide on how to install using the text based version should suffice but I had no clue as to what was going on when I tried, so the guide would have to tell me exactly what to type in/change.


Last edited by ashmanAUS; 05-18-2008 at 11:32 PM.
Old 05-19-2008, 03:05 AM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to LQ!

I am sorry you are having difficulty with your first Linux installation. I believe what is happening is that Fedora's installer (which is called Anaconda) is having difficulty with either your graphics card or your monitor. When you start the live CD, before it starts to boot, press the down arrow on your keyboard, then (I believe from memory) press the tab key for boot options. One of them should be;


This will by-pass your graphics card and use a generic graphical set-up. Also,look for monitor settings and use something simple, like 800x600 resolution. I am offering this from memory (which at times isn't very good), but there will be a number of options on this screens which should get you going.

Post back with any difficulties.

Old 05-19-2008, 07:53 AM   #3
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Cheers, got it working with "linux = skipddc vesa"


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