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Old 01-31-2005, 10:34 PM   #1
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starting first boot Blank Screen

Hi All,

This is my first time installing RedHat Linux(Any Linux for that matter). The installer was great everything was running smoothly until I hit the "first boot". I get "starting First Boot message" and then my screen is blank. I am a complete newbie in Linux. Totally lost what should I do? I am on a Dell Optiplex 240 w/ a radeon 7000 video card, generic Monitor. I believe that I configure the settings correctly. Totally lost............. Please help

Old 01-31-2005, 11:41 PM   #2
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What does your partition setup look like? Do you have a large Windows partition at the "start" of the disk and then a Linux partition "behind" it?

I seem to remember that you need to force LBA for this setup to work - I've got a 30GB WinXP partition, and then a 10GB Linux partition (with swap) "behind" it - and I had to force LBA during the Linux install to get my system to boot.

Check the installer, you should find that there is an option during the installation of the bootloader (choose GRUB as bootloader, BTW!) that allows you to control "forcing" LBA during bootup - select this.

This should fix your problem - what you describes sounds exactly like what happens when you do not specify LBA during installation.
Old 02-01-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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Haven't used RH in a few years, but it sounds like your video card or monitor might be going into a mode it can't handle.

Try hitting the tab key when trying to boot. If you get a prompt, try entering something like:

"linux 3 vga=normal" and see what happens. (Q: is RH using GRUB these days?)

This is just one reason why us old Linux hackers prefer Slackware because it doesn't try to do anything fancy until you tell it to.


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