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Old 09-28-2001, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question Linux Boot Problem

I had Linux Mandrake 7.2 installed on a multi boot setup with Win98SE & Win2KPro- used System Commander to boot.Worked fine- hadn't used Linux in quite awhile.Decided to install Mandrake 8.0- where 7.2 used to be. Installed ok-I then reboot- it gets to the end of startup "puter name/login"-I don't get a chance to type anything the screen goes blank and the monitor goes into standby mode (power light flashing)- I've started over 3 times- what am I missing? Thank's- Dave
Old 09-29-2001, 11:21 PM   #2
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I'm guessing a hardware problem, but am not too sure. Sorry!

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Old 09-30-2001, 04:16 AM   #3
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Are you still using System Commander as your boot manager, or did you install lilo or grub during the Drake 8.0 install?
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Try ctrl+alt+backspace to see if you can hoop back to the kernel and edit its X-Windows configuration file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

If not you can always boot any Live CD up, make a temp. directory, mount Mandrake partition on on it and edit its X-Windows configuration file.

Your problem is most likely due a incorrect selection of the video driver and that can be rectified simply by changing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf (may be called XF86Config-4) in the

Section "Device"

with the video specified something like

Driver "nv"

Just change nv to vesa or something that fit your video card.

The xorg.conf can be altered in Bash sheel by typing xorgconfig or xf86config too. The full range of video drivers is usually stored in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers.


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