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Old 08-22-2004, 04:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Blank screen when booting

I just installed Red Hat 9. Both the bootloader and the boot disk work fine. However, when I'm booting (right after it's done starting services, i.e [ OK ] or [ FAILED ]), the screen mysteriously goes blank. This might have something have something to do with the fact that the screen went blank when I tried to install Red Hat in graphical mode (text mode works fine).

My system specs:

Intel Celeron 1.7GHz processor
512MB of DDR 333 RAM
256MB nVidia GeForce FX (OR GeForce 4 MX, I forgot) video card
One 20GB hard drive and one 60GB hard drive, which is where Linux is installed on a 10GB partition
Ethernet card

I think that my problem might have sometihng to do with my graphics card, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know how to solve the blank screen problem, or at least how to boot Linux in text mode?
Old 08-22-2004, 05:16 PM   #2
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Nvidia provides some drivers for there graphic cards in linux. Might want to go into there sight and check out the support for your hardware and see if there is a driver you can get or a setting you can change to get it working. Hope I was a help!
Old 08-22-2004, 05:58 PM   #3
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Thanks, but how do I boot Linux in text-only mode?
Old 08-22-2004, 06:55 PM   #4
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At the boot loader (GRUB), I think you hit "c" to get a command line, then you add -s to the end. Then you can edit XF86Config for a new driver. Oh yeah, install Nvidia's drivers too. Possibly, you have a GF FX 5700, which doesn't work with XF86 4.3 using the default driver.


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