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Old 12-21-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Question Video Problem - Redhat Linux 9


I'm a newbie to linux, and thought I would try installing Redhat Linux 9 on Micro$oft's (yuk!) Virtual PC.

The install seemed to all go well, I just chose the defaults for a home desktop, and auto partition, till I get my head around the guts of the new OS. The problem I have, is that on first boot, and all subsequent boots, I have a corrupted screen - it looks all stretched, and the colours are all funny, and I can only access the top left 1/3rd of the desktop. Experience tells me it a video driver problem, probably the wrong one, but I don't have a clue how to change the driver from the console. I just figured out from the forums how to access the console (CRTL-ALT-F1), and CTRL-ALT-F7 seems to access the graphical mode again.

Could someone please help guide this poor lost soul on how to change the video driver, or at least provide a pointer to a guide that can tell me how to change it?

Thanks in advance!

Lesley x
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If that's the orig RH9 (codename Shrike), it hasn't been supported/updated in yrs and will not handle modern HW.
Try the replacement RH Fedora 9 or 10.
Old 12-21-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Chris.

Is is indeed the Shrike copy (it was in the name of the ISO's), and modern hardware isn't a problem, as it's running in a virtual machine.

I figured out the problem anyway, I managed to run "redhat-config-xfree86" and it reconfigured the video settings.

For anyone setting up Linux on a Microsoft Virtual PC, choose the video card as S3 Trio64, and set the desktop size to 800X600 in thousands of colours (16bpp). I initially tried 1024X768 in millions of colours (24bpp) but it gave a really wierd screen, all corrupt and full of lines. If you press CTRL+ALT+F1 to get the console, then CTRL ALT F7 to go back to the GUI, it helps readability if the settings are messed up.

I hope this helps anyone trying RH9 in Virtual PC.

Kind Regards

Lesley x


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