Problem with console
I recently installed Fedora 6 and am having problems getting the console to work... When I press <ctrl><alt><F1> (or <F2>, <F3>, etc) to switch to the console, I get a mostly black screen with colored bars and random characters that flash. I'm not sure how to describe it much better than that. When I try typing or when I push enter I can see a "cursor" of sorts jump around, but I cannot see any thing I typed or any messages displayed.
I don't know if it makes a difference but my Video Card is a Matrox P750.
If you need any other information on my system please let me know, and I will be more than happy to help you help me, as I would really like to get the console working!
Thank you all for your help in advance!
Does the thing disappear when you log in?
Well I'm logged into the GUI. When I switch to console and get the messed up screen, I can't tell if I need to login, or if I try to login, I can't tell if I am successfull or not as the screen always remains in the state I described in my first entry.
Well, switch to a console, then type your login name, hit Enter, type your password and hit Enter again. This will reload a console font and maybe will help.
Ok, I tried that a couple of times (just to make sure no typos, since I can't see what I'm doing). Unfortunately, it does not help. Still the same as above...
I have no more ideas. Do you se console at boot time, before graphics start?
During boot-up I see it load the kernel and what not. Then after graphics have loaded, at some point I see the a screen similar to what I see when I switch to console - a mess of blocks, colors, and random characters.
When I do a shut down, restart, or logoff, I see this same type of screen during the logoff/shutdown process as well - once again; a mess of blocks, colors, and random characters.
problem is in Display settings.
in GRUB screen, select Fedora title and press 'e'. select 'kernel' line, press 'e' again and add <space> 3 at the end of line. press 'Enter' key and press 'b' to boot up. this will drop you on command line login prompt. log in as root and execute this
configure display and resolutions. in case your Monitor is not listed in Monitors List, select 'Generic' Monitor. execute 'startx' to check GUI.
I just tried to do the system-config-display. I then got the following message:
[root@localhost ~]# system-config-display
Couldn't start X server on card 0
Couldn't start X server with old config, trying with a fresh configuration
My monitor then went Black, and gave the message:
OUT OF SCAN RANGE
RESOLUTION > 1280x1024
I can no longer load the GUI, as my monitor continues to give that message.
problem is in Refresh Rates. edit xorg.conf file manually. check Monitor's Manual for supported Refresh rates and correct VertiRefresh and HorizSync rates in xorg.conf.