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Old 05-22-2005, 10:01 PM   #1
mrs shabby
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Question X does not display properly?


A problem similar to mine was posted some time back, but no one posted a reply. I thought it worthwhile to describe the problem again, with my particular details:

I installed Fedora Core 3 on a Dell with a P-III, 900mghz processor, 256 megs ram, Dell M991 monitor, Intel 82810E 32 megs graphics controller.
The graphical login works properly. I installed Kde as my window manager. Everything loads up fine, but when I open any window, or any application, everything looks black. I have to run my mouse over the buttons in order for them to appear. When I open a terminal, the space where the text should be is black, and I can't highlight anything. Webpages load, but when I scroll (and its like this for application menus too) the original content stays on screen, and I have to highlight the text, or mouse over it in order for anything to be even partially readable.

What can I do to correct this? I suspect that it could be a video card problem. It doesn't seem to be a screen resolution problem, but it's hard to see anything on screen to be sure. If I need to install a new video driver, I am in a pickle, because I can't see anything to conduct the install, besides I would hardly know where to begin, since I am the newest newbie. Please tell me if I can provide more information to help troubleshoot. Oh, this is my third install; it comes out exactly like this every time. Linux seems to have my hardware correct, though.


Thank you very much in advance!
 
Old 05-22-2005, 10:15 PM   #2
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My suggestion is to try Knoppix or DSL (if you don't have broadband). Each live-cd will automatically configure your computer. If you don't encounter any problems related to your video card, you'll know the problem lies with the Fedora configuration. Good luck.
 
Old 05-25-2005, 11:31 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I have used Knoppix, and it works fine. I have also had Mandrake 8.2 installed on my computer for a long time, and it works fine as well. I decided to give Fedora a whirl just to see how it would do. So, where do I go from here?
 
Old 05-26-2005, 07:31 AM   #4
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Have you tried to run any auto configuration applications? I do not know what comes with FC3, bu tmost distrubutions have there own HW detection applications - the graphics side of things is usually in it's own menu.

Open a text editor and look at /etc/X11/XF86Conf (or xorg.conf) and see what is listed for your graphics card. Also is HW acceleration enabled, that sort of thing.
 
Old 05-26-2005, 04:57 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by mrs shabby
So, where do I go from here?
I believe a working option left for you is to manually configure Xorg. The command is:
Xorg -configure

It will generate a file named xorg.conf.new, which you will have to edit. The following is an example of the sections of the file you'll need to edit:
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
	Option	    "Protocol" "imps/2"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/psaux"
	Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection
Section "Monitor"
	DisplaySize  310   230	# mm
	HorizSync    30.0 - 71.0
	VertRefresh  50.0 - 160.0
EndSection
Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth      24
SubSection "Display"
	Viewport   0 0
	Depth     24
	Modes     "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
Save the file as following:
mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 
Old 05-30-2005, 04:23 PM   #6
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Hey, thank you all. I'm up and running.
 
  


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