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    Question linux install on laptop black screen

    hello all,
    i am trying to install Linux XP on a laptop, Compaq Presario 1200 and it gets thru the boot process and says loading:

    loading anaconda
    probing for monitor
    probing for mouse

    loading x server
    then screen goes black

    new at this please help...

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    I'm not familiar with Linux XP, but there should be an option to install non-graphically. What it looks like is Linux XP is having trouble with the video hardware on your laptop. Is it an ATI card?

    Also, why Linux XP? It's a commercial distribution if I'm not mistaken. You might try a free distribution like Fedora, openSuSE, or Mandriva instead. They're at least more well-known on the forum and you're more likely to get good help.
    Registered Linux user #270181

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    Smile thanks for the info

    i am kinda new to the Linux scene.. i just read about the XP and thought i would try it. I will try the Fedora. thanks..

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    Unhappy more help please

    i took your advice and installed another linux os.. fedora 5. now when it boots i get the:

    "localhost login"

    and i use ROOT and my password and get to:

    [root@localhost ~]#

    i type "startx" and it starts to load and screen goes black. what am i doing wrong?

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    First of all you don't want to log in for everday activities (such as a graphical section) as root. That's one problem, but not what's causing your trouble with X Windows. As root, run xorgconfig and it will walk you through setting up your graphical interface. What kind of video hardware do you have?
    Registered Linux user #270181

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    Every time I experience a "black screen" on a laptop it is due to some "frame buffer" issue which most modern LiveCD distro's give a easy way to get around via picking an alternative boot option which bypasses that issue.

    I'd also suggest that instead of installing straight away that you use a "LiveCD" type distro to get familiar before diving head in. That method can help a lot toward easing the frustrations of dealing with new unfamiliar territorys.

    There are lots of LiveCD distro's to choose from these days. So experiment and have fun checking them out.

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    Just Joined! ianj001's Avatar
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    Harrisburg, PA

    sounds like hardware issues

    I have to agree with TechieMoe it sounds like you have hardware issues, maybe an unsupported (old) graphics card. I have been using Mandriva/Mandrake on a laptop as my primary work machine for 4/5 years now without major issues.

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