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Old 10-16-2007, 08:28 AM   #1
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Black Screen on CentOS Boot

The install went fine and the first boot went fine but now when I boot up I get a blackscreen.

Im running
CentOS 5

Athlon x2@2.6
80GB Sata 2 Hard Drive
EVGA 8800GTS Video Card
Old 10-16-2007, 10:41 AM   #2
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This is a common problem with the nVidia 8800GTS Video Cards, the solution is to boot into runlevel 3;

When the GRUB splash screen is displayed press any key.
Select the Linux boot choice and press the 'e' key.
Select the kernel line and press the 'e' key again.
At the end of the line add a space followed by the number 3
When done press the 'Enter' key followed by the 'b' key.
Log on as root and supply the passowrd when prompted

You will need a working Internet connection for the rest.


32-bit: rpm -Uhv

64-bit: rpm -Uhv

Next type:

yum install nvidia-x11-drv
system-config-display --reconfig --set-depth=24 --set-driver=nvidia

Press the three key combo of Ctrl+Alt+Del


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