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Old 10-19-2005, 10:14 AM   #1
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SuSe, startx monitor goes away.

I installed SuSE 9.3 on a gateway E-3400 gateway 1gig pIII, 256Mmem. All went well during the installation and everything worked well. Now that the installation is finished the system rebooted and I get the green screen that lets you boot 9.3, floppy or in failsave. Then I get the green screen initializing hardware, I esc out and see what it is really doing and the last thing I see is Starting mail services. At this point the monitor acts like it is not getting power from the graphics card. I can go to another system and ssh to the unit and login fine (I can't configre telnet yet). When I run the command reboot on the host I have ssh'ed to the SuSE box the monitor on the SuSE box comes up with the green screen and tells us the System is shutting down.

Now to go back a step, if I boot from the failsave mode I get a login prompt and all is well. I have not yet figured out how to enambe telnet with out x.

I am looking to find out what the graphics card is to see if I need a driver but if anyone knows why this is happening please let me know.

Old 10-20-2005, 07:52 PM   #2
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this is monitor problem- it doesn't resolve resolution. this problem occurred to me too, when i installed suse under one monitor, then changed it: everything goes ok until kde- monitor out, but sounds are played as it is normal boot up. you have to edit one file (i forgot which) as soon as i remember i'll let you know (1-2 days). if you need it working now- try changing monitors, also try to boot from cdrom, then after language selection and license agreement you'll be prompted to choose from list (new install and etc.) choose repair existing system, there you'll have a choice of repairing modes, choose the suitable for you.

I didn't try that but it might help by booting that failsave from boot menu. it should be like safe-mode in windows.
Old 10-20-2005, 08:05 PM   #3
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If I remember correctly the POS E-3400 has a Riser card that the VC plugs into? am I right?

I am not sure how linux would handle these risers.. weird.
Old 10-20-2005, 08:45 PM   #4
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just found in the other thread:

>>vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

>>go down untill u find

>> Section "Monitor"

>>make sure that HorizSync and VertRefresh values are correct.

>>or you can try find

>> Section "Screen"

>>and change Modes value to "800x600"

vi is text editor, u can use other, it is for redhat but it must work for you too, there might be placed in the other directory than in /etc/x11
HorizSync VertRefresh MUST be adjusted to your monitor's if you don't know the values try to google, you might want to change color depth too as the resolution type.


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