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Old 05-02-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
vincegata
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I get blank screen installing Scientific Linux 6


Excuses if it's a wrong forum to post it.

I install on a laptop from CD, I choose Install from a menu, after that I get bunch of messages and then blank screen. I know I will have problems with the Intel card but I should be able to have a GUI with minimum resolution.

Could you help me with this, please.

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Old 05-03-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Have you checked your hardware inside the laptop against the hardware compatibility list on this site / elsewhere?

Is it a VERY new or VERY old laptop? You might have some problems with both of these types of machines.

Are you SURE its hardware is OK? Does it, for example, run Windows successfully? (If it does, you can probably try to get some hardware info from the relevant Windows system tools if you do not have full specs on the laptop.)

Also, try some other distributions of Linux if Scientific is not working - I'd suggest one of the recent Ubuntus. If it still won't work, you'll at least establish that it is probably Linux (and not just your distro of SciLinux) that is causing the problem.

Can you somehow keep record of the very last message it shows before the screen blanks and / or it locks up?

It sounds as if the installer is trying to set graphical mode, but fails. Usually (for most installers) you can somehow get it to install in TEXT mode, (not GUI) - e. g. giving you a chance to at least get to a text command line to try and solve problems that will allow the GUI to eventually be started up...
 
Old 05-03-2011, 02:50 PM   #3
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It's new laptop Dell E6510 with intel integrated graphics Ironlake. I was able to make it run with vesa driver and 800x600 resolution now.

Thanks for the response.
 
Old 05-03-2011, 03:02 PM   #4
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Great!

Maybe you want to do the community a favor and put that hardware config in the HCL (hardware compatibility list) on the site?

You should be able to note there how you got it working too - it will really help somebody else out if they try to do the same thing on the same hardware you have...
 
Old 05-03-2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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I will once I make it work on native 1920x1080 res.
 
  


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