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Re: Booting F9 with NO X11



On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Rick Bilonick <rab nauticom net> wrote:
>
> On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 10:38 -0700, Les wrote:
>> On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 13:34 -0400, Rick Bilonick wrote:
>> > On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 13:27 -0400, Rick Bilonick wrote:
>> > > On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 13:20 -0400, Rick Bilonick wrote:
>> > > > On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 13:13 -0400, Rick Bilonick wrote:
>> > > > > I've installed F9 x86 on an hp 2133. But, as I expected, the graphical
>> > > > > interface is screwed up. (I had the same problem with the LiveCD). I've
>> > > > > tried passing the following options at boot (vesa skipddc vga=794) but a
>> > > > > weird somewhat blank screen always comes up and the system is locked (I
>> > > > > can't get to a console to try to fix X).
>> > > > >
>> > > > > How can I boot just to a non-graphical system so I can get to a console?
>> > > > >
>> > > > > I've asked repeatedly on this list for related info but so far no one
>> > > > > has responded. Please, I need some help!
>> > > > >
>> > > > > Rick B.
>> > > > >
>> > > >
>> > > > OK, I tried adding "text" and that allows be to get to a text console.
>> > > >
>> > > > Now all I have to do is get X working (it works fine using SUSE 10).
>> > > >
>> > > > Rick B.
>> > > >
>> > >
>> > > It's very weird. F9 appears to correctly identify the graphics card
>> > > (something like "chrome" by VIA). I changed this in xorg.conf to "vesa"
>> > > which I thought would be very generic but now the screen goes black when
>> > > I execute "startx".
>> > >
>> > > Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>> > >
>> > > Rick
>> > >
>> >
>> > I just changed "vesa" to "vga" but there does not appear to be a "vga"
>> > driver installed. I'm not sure what rpm to install.
>> >
>> > Rick B.
>> >
>> Have you tried turning on detail during boot to see what the system
>> discovers about your video?  Also look at the setup screen for your
>> system to see what it shows about the video.
>>
>> Then post that here.  Someone may have an answer if they have that kind
>> of information.  I can't help, I left HP systems a long time ago, and
>> won't go back due to some of their setup stuff that makes using any OS
>> but windows very difficult.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Les H
>>
>
> The HP 2133 comes with SUSE Linux but I'm more familiar with Fedora. I
> will post that information soon. But for now, I should note that Fedora
> 8 LiveCD booted without any problems.
>

SUSE uses GRUB and XORG.  Examine the kernel stanza and see what
setting they're using.


> I was able to boot in pure text mode to a console, and I connected also
> an external LCD monitor. I changed xorg.conf so that it had "vesa" as
> the driver (the same from what I can tell for Fedora 8 LiveCD) and it
> displays perfectly on the external monitor.
>
> The best I can tell at the moment, F9 chose the openchrome driver which
> comes from the vendor and I would think that is the correct driver but
> it doesn't work. When I switch the hard drives and boot the Suse Linux
> Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 SP2, I will try to determine the driver
> that is being used.
>
> Rick B.
>
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