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Re: Catch-22 : wide monitor -- Surprise!

On Fri, 26 Dec 2008 21:45:38 +0000, Beartooth wrote:

> Last time a monitor bit the dust on me, the local shops were already
> carrying wide ones all but exclusively, blast them -- such dimensions
> were mythical beasts when even the newest of my machines were built.
> 	After much tedious labor and more bitter cursing, I got Fedora
> *and* the monitor (HP w2207h) to agree to a compromise. Fedora treats it
> as a 1680x1050 flat panel LCD, but with a choice to *use* it in
> 1280x1024 mode.
> 	And all the machines in the house but two are cheerfully running
> F10 that way -- all but two, my wife's and my main one. Those are the
> ones I always upgrade last -- hers because she's writing whole books on
> it, and I do elaborate multiple backups before any big change; and mine
> because it has a second hard drive with XP installed. (I have yet to
> manage to get any of my GPSs to talk with any of my proprietary topo map
> software under wine or CXO.)
> 	Today I decided to tackle my main machine. Anaconda launches --
> but before it starts asking about language, keyboard, etc, I get the
> dread "signal out of range; set to 1680x1050". But it has never ever yet
> let me get to the normal means of resetting the display. All I can do is
> hit the reset button, and start over.
> 	I know there is some slick trick for getting around this, which
> always seems adequate when I recall or reconstruct it; but I don't
> recall now.
> 	Clue, please, someone??

	After several more failures, I tried for lack of a better idea, 
hitting tab on the "install or upgrade" line and simply typing " linux 
text" at the end of the line it gave me.

	Believe it or not (and I don't quite myself yet), that seems so 
far to have worked.

	At least, it immediately started checking dependencies, then went 
to Package Installation -- and is now claiming to be almost 2/3 done.

	What it did *not* do was to give me any option whatever to get at 
the partitioning, choice of hard drives (id est, protection of that poor 
miserable XP one).

	If it trashes what I have so reluctantly preserved through 
several previous upgrades, I'll never install Fedora again -- and I may 
get rid of it on all my others as fast as I can.

	Stay tuned.

	Btw, I don't really suppose this new change in anaconda is an act 
of purposeful obscurantism -- but the result is not significantly 
different. If the developers were deliberately trying to drive non-
technoid users away, they could hardly do it more effectively than by 
this and several other changes (such as package kit and network manager).

Beartooth Staffwright, PhD, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert
Remember I know precious little of what I am talking about.

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