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Old 05-18-2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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startup problems with different distros

so when i start many distros like gentoo,symphony os, debian, freebse, dynabolic, and mepisi get a weird screen that ckinda reminds me of rainbows compreesed very tightly going across the screen. so i can 't startx . i can use ubuntu, suse, fedora, knoppix and dont get this. i wanna try some distros like gentoo but cant becuase i get to that weiirs screen where i guess xfree86 doesnt work. what can i do to fix that
Old 05-18-2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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hmmm....could it be that you are trying to use install .iso images like Live CD images?

hmmm....could it be that since you have not told us what type of hardware you are using that we must try to diagnose the issue with our amazing psychic powers?

hmmm....could it be that you forgot to appease the video daemons with the source code of the appropriate video drivers?

What could it be....Tux only knows....
Old 05-21-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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my chipset for video is i810 does this help.... sorry for taking so liong to reply
Old 05-21-2006, 04:26 PM   #4
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It's probably because the distros it works on have pretty good self detection and will configure X with generic 'safe' options. Whereas the others are more involved and tend to require a bit of X configuring by the user (it may also be that some use Xorg, others use xfree86).

Arch is an excellent distro that is a great learning platform, without too steep a learning curve (it has a great community). Maybe add that to the list of distros to try

As for your problem i would do some reading on configuring X servers, including getting the modules you need, the right specs for your monitor etc. etc.
Old 05-21-2006, 04:45 PM   #5
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ok i will give it a try thanks alot


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