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Old 04-17-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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Question Why will Mandrake 10.1 not find my monitor

I am new to Linux here but have been wanting to give it a shot. I have reinstalled Mandrake 10.1 twice to make sure I didn't have a glitch in the install. When I boot up into Linux it comes to a text prompt even though I installed and told it to run KDE a startup. When I type startx in the text prompt it gives me an error 104. The machine I am putting this on is an HP ZD series notebook with WSXGA screen running at 1680*1050 resolution and 60 htz refresh rate. It has an ATI Radeon x600 256MB graphics card. I could not find the correct settings for the screen when I was doing the install, so I just picked something close but obviously that wasn't close enough. Not sure what I need to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated before I completely just say screw it or go crazy first!!!
Old 04-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie that just installed mandrake 10.1 and found that using the "vgalo" option on the F1 screen at the beginning of the installation my monitor problem was taken care of.

Also, if this doesn't work try setting your monitor configuration during installation to the generic version of what ever video card you have.

One other though is that using the generic "vesa" video driver has helped in past video problems with other distros.

If all else fails google for the vesa information on what steps to take.

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-24-2005, 07:11 PM   #3
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Be careful about selecting settings that aren't exact to your monitor, an incorrect horizontal refresh rate could not only refuse to work, but it could also fry your screen. Take a look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf.example (or the directory of your X11 install). This file is heavily commented, it has lot of good information. There is a monitor section in there that X11 uses. Take a look at this and you should be able to manually modify these settings for your specific montior.

Good luck.


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