Re: FC3 Graphical Install and Boot Problems

From: Richard Duncan (
Date: 12/05/04

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    Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 23:49:36 -0600

    This is a double send to correct me forgetting to change the subject
    line on the last email...sorry about that.

    On Dec 4, 2004, at 6:42 PM, Richard Duncan wrote:

    > Tried changing driver to "vesa", same result. I get a very scrambled
    > screen (I can barely make out the "Fedora Core" logo a couple times
    > across the middle of the screen) at all color modes and resolutions.
    > I also tried getting the proprietary ATI drivers on a flash drive and
    > rpm'ing them in, just to see if even in 2-D the fglrx driver would
    > work, but same result once again. Would changing the VendorName and
    > BoardName have an effect, or are those just to make the configuration
    > keep track of what kind of board you're using so you can access that
    > info later?
    > I had trouble back in RH9 getting the DVI output on my old nVidia card
    > working right, but haven't had any trouble since until I tried
    > upgrading to FC3. Could it be the new xorg not liking my setup? The
    > Xorg setup that went in FC2 didn't give me any trouble though.
    >> Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 07:22:53 -0600
    >> From: Randy <>
    >> Subject: Re: FC3 Graphical Install and Boot Problems
    >> To: For users of Fedora Core releases <>
    >> Message-ID: <>
    >> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed
    >> At 11:03 PM 12/3/2004, you wrote:
    >>> Well finally after getting it to boot in runlevel 3 I was able to
    >>> modify inittab to always do that. I've narrowed the problem down to
    >>> the radeon kernel driver. If I go into xorg.conf and change the
    >>> driver
    >>> to vga, I can get X to start properly and display things mostly
    >>> right,
    >>> but with oddity: it only works in 8-bit color mode (since that's
    >>> apparently all vga supports), and no matter resolution I set it to, I
    >>> get this 640x480 screen "zoomed" in on the upper left hand corner of
    >>> the screen (i.e., only showing the upper left quarter of the
    >>> desktop).
    >>> Its odd that the kernel radeon driver won't work, since it did for me
    >>> in FC2.
    >>> New problem. Any new ideas anyone?
    >> Try the VESA driver? I had to change mine also.
    >> /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    >> Section "Device"
    >> Section "Screen"
    >> # Driver "via"
    >> # BoardName "S3 UniChrome"
    >> Identifier "Videocard0"
    >> Driver "vesa"
    >> VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    >> BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"
    >> EndSection

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