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pcandpc 05-11-2005 12:01 AM

video card change and start-up

I have a dual boot system: FC3 and WinXP.

I changed and configured a different video card
from within WinXP. Now, when I reboot to FC3,
the boot screen stops at about "configuring kernel

I need to reconfigure the video card setting for FC3.

How can I do this in my situation?


APB_4 05-11-2005 07:38 AM

Get yourself a live distro or use a rescue CD if FC3 comes with it. Then edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf change the driver to one suitable for your card and see if it works.

pcandpc 05-11-2005 09:26 PM

Hi APB_4,

Thanks for your comment.

I edited the "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" file according
to the new video card, but the result is the same.

That is, during the boot, the process hangs on
"configuring kernel parameters".

But, when I press CTRL+C during "configuring
kernel ..." message, the system runs "kudzu"
for hardware detection and allows me to delete
the old video card setting and set up new video
card setting.

Going through this process was very promising,
but some errors followed along the line of "touch:
cannot touch '/var/lock/subsys/kudzu' Read-only
file system".

Eventually, the boot hanged on "starting system
logger:". And minutes after, the system displayed
"... could not start the X server ..." blue screen

If anyone's familiar with changing a video card first
in Windows and rebooting into FC3 for reconfiguration,
I'd like to hear your feedbacks.


bsmith121 05-11-2005 10:03 PM

What kind of card is it?

pcandpc 05-11-2005 11:14 PM

Hi bsmith12,

Thanks for your inquiry on this issue.

The video card I'm trying to configure here
is Inno3D's S3 Savage 2000.

Have you gone through the same experience
I'm going through now?


APB_4 05-12-2005 10:48 AM

Well if you use the live CD again and change /etc/inittab to have the line
instead of having probably
then it will boot to a command line and you can try different things from there in xorg.conf etc and use startx to test it then if it freezes in X hit ctrl-alt-backspace to kill it or ctrl-alt-F6 to get to another (I think(I use slackware)) then type killall X.

pcandpc 05-12-2005 01:52 PM

Hi APB_4,

That's it! Changing to "id:3:initdefault:" in the /etc/inittab
made things smoothly work all the way.

During the boot with init level 3 as default, FC3 automatically
ran the "kudzu", the hardware discovery utility tool, and reset
my new video card like charm without a problem.

In this process, the /etc/X11/xorg.conf was also automatically
reset according to the new video card's setting.

Then, I started "startx" at the following command prompt after
the complete successful boot and just reconfigured the new video
card's color setting from thousands of colors to milions of colors.

And, I rechanged the init level back to 5 and everything's working
great. I'm glad I asked around here, and thanks for your help, APB_4.

Also, thanks to bsmith121 for showing your interest.


APB_4 05-12-2005 05:44 PM

Excellent really glad that helped I managed to help you. This place is the best place to get linux help IMHO.

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