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  1. #1
    mugs
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    Video

    I installed RH 8 on my laptop and install went fine, but when it tries to boot for the first time, I just get a box with veritcal lines. I assume my Video card config is wrong. How can I get into something to reconfig that? Thanks

  2. #2
    JimH
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    Re:Video

    What is the make/model of your laptop? What is the video hardware?

    Linux installation tip #1
    This is why after doing installs you should choose to boot runlevel 3 and not 5 until you make sure X works correctly.

    You need to boot runlevel 3 and either run:
    redhat-xfree86-config --reconfig

    or

    Just hand edit /etc/XF86Config, which you might end up doing anyway. redhat-xfree86-config is a new tool and a work in progress.


  3. #3
    mugs
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Thanks for the reply. It is a Dell Inspiron 8200.

    Refresh my memory, please, on how I get to runlevel 3 from the point I am at? It boots right into 5 and gives me the box with lines.

    I appreciate the tips.

  4. #4
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Well it seems to either have am ATI Radeon M9 or a Nvidiot 440.

    Radeon M9 is unsupported by XFree86 4.2.0 and will not be supported by Open Source drivers until the release of 4.3.0. Although I believe ATI's binary drivers support it. Plus the 9000 is based off the RV200 chip, you are supposed to be able to fake the chip ID as a 7500 and get 2D support under 4.2.0.

    You will have to look and see if the Nvidiot chip is supported. Probably is Imagine. Although I don't believe they have released 8.0 specific drivers yet.

    Reboot into runlevel 3....

    # At the Grub boot loader screen, select a boot label and press "e" to edit it.
    # Use the arrow keys to select the line that starts with the word "kernel". Press "e" to edit it.
    # At the prompt, add the number 3 to the end of the line and press "enter".
    # Press the "b" key to boot the system into runlevel 3.

  5. #5
    mugs
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Well....I took your advice got into runlevel 3 and got into X. The screen is very small, I tried some new settings, and now when I try to get back into X...I get this:

    XIO fatal IO error....

    I cant seem to make that XF86 config work, says no such command.

    To do it manually...what do I need to open first?

  6. #6
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Let me see your XF86Config.


  7. #7
    mugs
    Guest

    Re:Video

    That is the thing, how do I get to it, to view or edit it?

  8. #8
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Copy it to a floppy, so you can paste it here.

    Edit it with anything you want. Emacs, vi, etc....


  9. #9
    mugs
    Guest

    Re:Video

    I dont know how to edit it emacs, etc. I can start Emacs or Vi, but dont know what to do next. Plus, no floppy drive on the laptop....

  10. #10
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:Video

    Open it....
    emacs /etc/XF86Config

    Save changes....
    F10 f s

    or

    CTRL+x CTRL+s

    exit emacs....
    F10 f e

    or

    CTRL+x CRTL+c

    F10 brings up the menu.

    I'm mostly interested in the Device, Monitor, and Screen sections for now.




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