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Old 06-05-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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My Fn consoles won't work after I start X

I just installed Fedora 10, and I noticed that once I start the X server (weather by just X, gdm, xdm, whatever), if I go back to my Fn consoles, my monitor says out of range and won't show anything. It's a relatively new widescreen compaq monitor. Usually what the monitor does is just automatically stretches it out to make it fit, but I don't think that's the problem, because they work fine before I start an X server. After that they're just black, although they do still respond to commands.

Any help would be greatly appriciated.
Old 06-05-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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It doesn't look like you've had much help on this, and I don't know if this will really help, but maybe it'll point you in a direction to look for something. I've had a similar problem. And I'm not sure which step I did actually fixed it, but here's what I did.

I have an Intel 946GZ motherboard with video onboard that shares the video with the system ram.

First, I dropped the resolution of the display from 1280x1024 to 1024x768. Got the screens all back.

Next, I went into the bios and allocated 256mb for video.

Then updated video drivers. I think I went to the Intel810 driver, but I don't remember for sure.

Somewhere in there I know I set everything back to vesa but dont' remember the exact order.

I've done a few OS upgrades since then and am back at 1280x1024 with no problems. The problem was right when I had first purchased the computer and I think the biggest problem was that Suse didn't recognize the video correctly.

It would be helpful to the people here if you would post what hardware you are using. Someone else here is bound to have a better answer than what I've given you.
Old 06-06-2009, 10:53 AM   #3
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So your thinking it might be the video drivers? And are you talking about the resolution of the X server? Why would that have anything to do with it?

I don't know the exact specs because I havn't had the chance to take it apart yet, I just got it, it's an i7 quad core machine with 4gig of DDR3, a ATI Radeon HD 4800 video card. I've had a lot of trouble with getting linux even on the machine because almost all the distros won't mount their root filesystem from the CD, some weird problem that only happens on that computer, I can get around it by booting from CD and then using a USB key as the (temporary) root filesystem of the installation (this doesn't apply to Fedora 10 though, for some reason it just worked). Anyway, point being, you could be right and the hardware is just new and the drivers arn't here (or working right) yet, or I just don't have them for some reason.

I'll try messing around with it some more.


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