Re: Installer does not detect video card (not an X issue)
Date: 28 Mar 2005 13:17:18 -0800
Phony Account wrote:
> I am installing Fedora Core 3 on a Dell Precision 330.
> Video card is a Diamond Fire GL2 with a rather old BIOS.
> (The PC was rebooted with the distribution CD, and I was prompted for
> the type of installation. However, no partitioning yet, language
> selection, ...)
> So, just before the actual installation, I see a message that the
> card was not detected (the monitor, kbd and mouse are) and that the
> installation is going ``headless''. It then proceeds without
> to partition, install packages.
> When the system reboots for the first time (this is when I'll set up
> users, etc), I briefly see a Fedora splash screen, then the usual
> boot messages, and _then_ the screen goes wild: on a blue background
> reddish diagonal stripes march across the screen.
> I am not in X at that point. X has not been configured yet. I can
> ctrl-alt-del to reboot. But ctrl-alt-backspace, ctrl-alt-F2 don't
> I tried booting to run-level three to go to a text mode only by
> specifying init 3 at the end of the boot kernel command. The os
> is GRUB. But the same thing happened again.
> Not knowing a thing about hardware, (and just slightly more about
> I am wondering if the video card bios is too old and cannot respond
> the probing by the installer.
> Also, according to the same conspiracy theory, during the boot
> the video card gets wierd signals because its bios is out of date and
> throws garbage to the monitor.
> And it is not a monitor issue. I have tried two.
> But I seriously hope that it will not come to installing a new bios,
> because I currently don't have a usable system, and using the rescue
> mode from the install media to reach across the network to grab the
> drivers which I downloaded to a windows machine seems like a great
> project for my retirement. Right now, I need a working machine.
> Thanks for any suggestion,