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Old 09-14-2003, 05:54 AM   #1
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Wrong video memory specified, system hangs on boot now.

Just installed RH 9, when the video portion of the the install came up I accidently put in the wrong amount of memory for the video card. Now when I try to boot the system it gets all the way through the command line boot up but when it goes to start the login window, if freezes.

Is the video ram being specified wrong going to cause the lockup or is it probably something else?

How do I change the memory amount without reinstalling?

Thanks in advance for the help. I spent about a half hour looking around and doing searches and I didn't see this question answered.

Old 09-14-2003, 07:09 AM   #2
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There are several files within /etc/X11 which name begin with XF86Config


First you have to find out which oneee is your system using as Xwindow config file ( grep "Using config" /var/log/XFree86.* ), and then edit it.

Inside one of them there could be a line referencing your amount of memory. Comment it out (place a # before of it) so X has to guess the amount itself and reboot X Windows.
Old 09-14-2003, 10:38 AM   #3
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Is the video ram being specified wrong going to cause the lockup
If it is set to a lower value, no.
If it is set to a higher value, yes.

In order to fix this problem, boot the system in Single-User mode.

You will have to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config
Scroll down to the Videocard section and set your videoram. For example, if it is 32MB:
VideoRam    32768
Old 09-14-2003, 05:58 PM   #4
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Thanks a TON guys. Very helpful! Finally got it running ok...see ya in a few days when I screw something else up

Thanks again.


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