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Old 03-04-2004, 10:10 AM   #1
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Total newb. please help me


Ok i have downloaded the 3CD's for Redhat Fedora.

I have tested them on the machine im writting this message. they seem to pass the chekcs and work, the GUI installation works.

But i want to install Fedora on my other computer. which is.

A HP x4000

2x intel Xeon 1.8
2X SCSI 18GB
ATI FIre GL4 graphics card.
2050 MB RDRAM (well almost 2050)
1 DVD drive
1 HP DVD writter

If i go for the normall install, by pressing 'enter' it starts the anoconda install.

it loads the SCSI driver: sym53c8xx
then starts the anoconda installer. these are the messages i recive.

probing for video card type: VESA generic
probe for monitor: hp1130 (thats correct)
probe for mouse: 3button generic

waiting to start native x server, 1,2,3,4,5 x server started sucssefuly
XIO: fatal IO error(connection reset by peer) on x server ":1.0" after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

Install exited abnormally.


then it gos onto say i can restart etc...



now, i have tried using the text based installer, and after some partion messing about, i managed to get it to install. but when i select to run fed off its main menu, it tells me the x server cannot start?




Please help me im so confused!
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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this is probably not the problem, but simthing which should always be done...
did you check the md5sums of the fedora iso's you downloaded ?

if you go to the website / ftp server you downloded the iso's from there will be a file called fedora_disk1.whatever.md5.

download it and open with a text editor.

now run the program md5sum on the downloaded iso's
if the strings do not match, then the cd's you donwloaded were corrupt,
and need to be re-downloaded.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:33 AM   #3
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theres a disk checker in the text based installer. it passed all tests. plus the discs work on my other computer.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:40 AM   #4
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The problem appears to be with the configuration of the X server, which is what does the graphics for Linux. Fedora apparently couldn't automatically configure it, neither during the graphical setup nor in your install. You can boot Fedora in text-mode by putting a '3' right next to what you select in the boot menu. From there you can configure X manually. Test it by running 'startx'.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:40 AM   #5
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i have tried using 2 different graphics cards aswell in the machine.
a geforce 2 mmx
and a
matrox g400

same problem occured.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:43 AM   #6
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aaa i can manualy choose the text mode by typing. lunix text.

but now im gonna type

lunix text 3?

sorry, seriously its all foriegn to me this, be gentle

oh right, sorry i see. go to the boot choice menu.
im gonna select the command line?

Last edited by Impactor; 03-04-2004 at 10:49 AM.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:48 AM   #7
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If you can get to it that way you don't need the '3'... they probably do the same thing. Try these tools for configuring X:
redhat-xfree86-configure - not sure if they changed the name for Fedora
xf86config
xf86cfg
xf86cfg --textmode
Manual editing of the /etc/X11/XF86Config file (try using the 'pico' text editor to do it)
Run 'startx' to test configurations. Post errors here.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:51 AM   #8
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im sorry, i dont understand, where do i run these tools? how can i get them onto a system that doesnt have any useable OS at present?

or are they already installed.
i acces them from the command line right?

please assume i know totaly nothing, because presently i dont.

Last edited by Impactor; 03-04-2004 at 10:53 AM.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:55 AM   #9
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yes, one of the wonderful things about linux is you don't NEED a GUI, being a newbie myself I find myself using it a lot, but I'm finding more and more I can do from the command line.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 10:57 AM   #10
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so im sitting at the OS choice selction menu.
2 choices

fedora
&
fedora core up

(neither work, due to this x server thingy)

or the command line.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:13 AM   #11
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oh, the 'text' was for installation. I don't know if 'text' will work, but putting '3' right after 'fedora' should work (assuming this is the non-graphical lilo bootmenu)
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:19 AM   #12
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im close to gving up here. ive been at it for 2 days solid now. im not getting anywhere.
I AM A NEWB.
being asked top type stuff here and there, is to be honest beyond me.

sure, windows, i know it inside out. but i got no idea for example. what a 'lilo' is etc...

sorry im frustrated to totaly hell. a computer hasnt had me wound up so badley in a very long time.

Im seriously considering paying someone now to do this as its just getting silly.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:32 AM   #13
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Describe your boot menu.
There are two different bootloaders (that come with fedora) that can be used for dual-booting (the bootmenu), these are GRUB and LILO.
The '3' is an option that should be given to Fedora before bootup. There are many ways to do this, the simplest is with the test-based lilo menu, in which you just type your options (like '3') next to the os you select (similar to how it is done with the install cd). The process differs for the graphical lilo boot menu and for GRUB.
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:40 AM   #14
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before you give up, give Knoppix or another distro a try

www.linuxiso.org
 
Old 03-04-2004, 11:42 AM   #15
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ok what i see is.

I have a blue light blue screen.

there are two options i can pick

1.fedora
2. fedora coreup


or press c to use the command promt.

or e to edit the above loaders?

sound familar?

if i chose the first option, it tells me it cant start service x.
it then asks do u want to start the x server config?

which i say yes to.

then it just gos a bit funny. brings up a screen

localhost login: (name?) which i dont actually know as i was never asked for it
and
loging password (which i do know as i was asked for)
 
  


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