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Old 09-20-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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Suse Linux 10.0 login gui problem after install.

Hi I am socaldnice.
I am fairly new to Suse. I installed and seems to not have video. I logged in failsafe mode,ran the SAX2 command to set the video.I was unsuccessful.Video blinks off an on.
Can someone help?
Old 09-20-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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How is the video when it is on? If it is sized ok, it almost sounds like you have a bad cable. Also if you have a high end video card, you could have a loose or faulty power cable. They require more power than the bus can provide so you plug in a drive power cable. If a connection or wire is intermittent, it could be the cause of the problem.

Which video card and what kind of monitor do you have? Two things that could be wrong are the monitor selection which can lead to bad refresh values in /etc/X11/xorg.conf or you may need to install a propriety driver for the best performance.

One strategy is to use a generic video driver such as "vesa" and try a conservative monitor selection, such as one of the generic entries in SaX2. If this gives you usable video, then you can do things like download an nvidia or ati (whatever) driver.
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Yeah, it's probably just setup wrong, X (the video) probably has the wrong settings, or something else (like missing nvidia drivers) didn't get setup correctly. Post your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and /var/log/Xorg.0.log files if you can. Obviously, you might have to copy them to a USB drive and to a working machine first. Rarely, this can happen because a specialized mouse or other hardware is detected incorrectly, but 99% of the time it's an error in the monitor or video card sections. If you're like most people, you've lost your monitor/video card user manual, but you should still be able to google a copy from your manufacturer or another site, and if it's built in the last decade, it's likely a seller/reseller will list the specs somewhere.

Problems like these are showstoppers for newbies, but the fix probably isn't that difficult for someone who has been around Linux for a while. Almost always a one line edit in the xorg.conf file. Another option is to try another distribution and see if it detects your hardware better, such as Ubuntu or other more "newbie friendly" distros. (SuSE's not bad, but it's geared more towards the corporate user, whereas Ubuntu and others are designed for users just getting into Linux or computers in general.)

Any details about your system might be helpful too.


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