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Old 08-28-2006, 10:17 AM   #1
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installed FC5 - but desktop wont launch


I have just downloaded and installed Fedora Core 5 from DVD image.

However, I have went through the installation process and when it loads up it does not show the desktop??

I have a Hercules 8500 LE 128MB AGP graphics card and a LG 19" CRT monitor.

Am i doing something wrong?

I can get full manufacturer and model of both monitor and video card if required, but is this the problem area?

NB. It does the same with Mandrake 10.

Cheers.

Picco
 
Old 08-28-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
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perfom a lspci to see if it founds the videocard correctly
then check with the command runlevel in which runlevel you're in?
if it's RL 5 then try the command startx
Give us all answers to my questions and the (error) message of the startx command.
Then we will find a solution
 
Old 08-28-2006, 10:47 AM   #3
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perfom a lspci to see if it founds the videocard correctly
then check with the command runlevel in which runlevel you're in?
if it's RL 5 then try the command startx
Give us all answers to my questions and the (error) message of the startx command.
Then we will find a solution
Hi odcheck,
thanks for that. the problem is I cant get to the command line. It just keeps loading straight into the desktop (or black screen in this case). lspci? is that run from the cmd line? how can i get to it? at the moment, i am not even having to type startx - it just keeps going, similar to MS Win.
 
Old 08-28-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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okay so at the grub boot screen go into the mode using (a) and append init 3 at the end of the line then execute and your system will boot into init 3.
Then perform that lspci command to see if your videocard is recognized.
But if your system starts after RHGB (redhat graphical boot) has been trough then you'll be probably in Runlevel 5. And you say that you just have a blank screen? Is it blue or is it black? After you entered a password or before?
At this moment can U change to another tty? (CTRL+ALT+F1)

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Old 08-29-2006, 05:19 AM   #5
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hi odcheck, i am unsure what you mean. at the bootloader it offers me one option? do i selected that then key in 'init 3'???
 
Old 08-29-2006, 05:24 AM   #6
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At the point your GRUB SPLASH screen comes up, you stop the timer using up or down key.
The at the higlighted line you have to press "a"
and then remove the rhgb and write init 3 instead. then press enter and so you'll boot your system to init 3.

Or you do the other thing. Start the system, do nothing and then when you think it finished booting press CTRL+ALT+F1 and tell me if you're facing a login prompt?
 
Old 08-31-2006, 04:00 AM   #7
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hi odcheck, i have tried your methods you mentioned above. my results were as follows:

I pressed 'a', removed 'rhgb' (and quiet) and replaced it with 'init 3'.

I got loads of text on the screen, then this error message:

WARNING: can't access
exec of init() failed!!!
No such file or directory

-------------

I tried it again, and got this as well:

Kernel panic - not syncing
Attempted to Kill init!

Any ideas? I have re-installed FC5 3 times!!!
 
Old 08-31-2006, 04:27 AM   #8
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is there anywhere that I can go to check if my graphics card is compatible??

My hardware:
Monitor: LG CS990DC 19" (CRT)
Graphics Card: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R200 QL [Radeon 8500 LE]

I have to say, switching to Fedora hasn't been easy so far. I mean surely a DVD of over 3GB should have support for graphics cards, even Windows has that!!!

Picco
 
Old 08-31-2006, 06:26 AM   #9
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What is if you start your system w/o interrupt at the start.
Then you told that it just runs into a black screen.
What happens if you press CTRL+ALT+F1
do you reach a login prompt?
 
  


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