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Old 05-06-2003, 05:19 AM   #1
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Distribution: Red Hat 9
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Angry Red Hat 9 install= screen black !

Hi all,

Iīm pretty upset and need help because I have now installed RH 9 several times with always the same miserable results.

first I tried to upgrade from RH 8.0. The result was a normal boot but at the end just a black, slowly blinking screen. No text or graphics.

So what I had to do was to boot to the other harddisk on the pc, save all my files securely there (mount from hdb) and totally reinstall from the scratch RH 9 on hdb.

It worked ok for a day (didnīt reboot it once) and I had just managed to reconfigure my ximian evolution 1.2 and start receiving emails when I tried to log out and come back.

The screen went black & doesnīt react at all !

I donīt know if I should cry - what the hell is the problem ? and donīt tell me its x86free because I have no idea what to do with it. Can I just switch it off and restart, enter single user mode and type something on the command prompt that will start the x-system ?

My pc is Compaq presario 5000, video card compaq 815.

Thanks !
Old 05-06-2003, 10:07 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2002
Location: Omaha, NE US
Distribution: Red Hat/CentOS
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Try hitting CTRL+ALT+F1

This will switch to the first tty where you should get a login prompt. Try to login as root then issue these commands:
init 3
(wait about 5 seconds
init 5

This will restart the x server basically. If that works, then the logout function is broke, which I have seen before. I had it happen on one box and not another. I believe I also opened a ticket for it with redhat but the problem went away with a different version of redhat.


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