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Old 02-15-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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Black screen while installing on Ubuntu/Mint with ATI Radeon HD4670

Hey everyone,

I used to use Linux all the time, but switched to Windows to try 7. Now that I'm done with experimenting, I want to try Linux Mint. (I used to use Ubuntu.)

Since my last Ubuntu install, I've upgraded my video card from a Geforce 8600 GTS to a Radeon HD 4670. When I try to install the 64 bit version of Mint 6 or Ubuntu 8.10, it loads fine through the menu, until after the progress bar stops. Then, my two monitors pretty much shut off, one saying "VGA MODE NOT SUPPORTED." I can hear the log in sound. However, I can go into console by using CTRL + ALT + F1. My xorg.conf file says the driver is vesa, but the screens still wont turn on.

Also, the exact same thing happens when I try to install Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit.

Any help is appreciated.
Old 02-16-2009, 11:34 PM   #2
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You may need to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to include a supported mode-line. Possibly you are trying to use the monitor with a bad combination of resolution and color-depth. (Or X is just confused.)

Your card is supported though - so probably you just want to use the terminal to install the proprietary drivers. Or - maybe edit X to some dinky resolution - then use the gui to do that.
Old 02-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #3
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Or since you were Linux only, you should have known to just stick w/ what works... Nvidia.

Old 02-17-2009, 09:15 AM   #4
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Hey Indy - do you have information that the card OP has does not work? AFAIK: it's Ubuntu/Debian insistence on supplying empty xorg.conf and no more configuration tool which is not working.

Note: nVidia does not have free-software drivers for 3D-acceleration. Only use non-free software where you must.


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