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Hi people, Please have pactience! Im new to linux, just installed red hat 7.2 onto my laptop. It was currently running windows xp and i attempted to install it alongside. After installation i re-booted and could not load either OS. After hours of help over the phone i finally got linux running. However, half the screen is missing. There are no adjustable buttons on my laptop, and it is not the resolution, the screen image is fine. The screen is shifted to the right of the monitor and the left side is blank. Any help would be appreciated, thank you ...

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    Default Newbie.....all help needed!

    Hi people, Please have pactience!

    Im new to linux, just installed red hat 7.2 onto my laptop. It was currently
    running windows xp and i attempted to install it alongside. After
    installation i re-booted and could not load either OS. After hours of help
    over the phone i finally got linux running. However, half the screen is
    missing. There are no adjustable buttons on my laptop, and it is not the
    resolution, the screen image is fine. The screen is shifted to the right of
    the monitor and the left side is blank. Any help would be appreciated, thank
    you in advance.


    Myles Guest

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    Myles wrote: 

    It sounds like you need to reconfigure X for your video card and
    monitor refresh rates.

    Switch to runlevel 3
    This can be done if you login as root and enter:
    telinit 3

    Then when it gets to a text login prompt login as root
    and answer the questions asked when you run the command:

    xf86config

    Then you can test it by running the command "startx"

    Once you get it setup the way you need it you can switch back to
    "runlevel 5" (GUI) with "telinit 5".

    --
    Confucius: He who play in root, eventually kill tree.
    Registered with The Linux Counter. http://counter.li.org/
    Slackware 9.1.0 Kernel 2.4.22 SMP i686 (GCC) 3.3.2
    Uptime: 27 days, 3:54, 2 users, load average: 0.02, 0.08, 0.1
    David Guest

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    "David" <net> wrote in message
    news:qgfpb.88235$.. [/ref]
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    help [/ref]
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    thank [/ref]
     

    hmmm...just tried that and i must have give the wrong details when it was
    askin....not startx doesnt run......:( do you think installing again would
    make any difference with a more uptodate distro?


    Myles Guest

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    Myles wrote: 

    If the system is newer than the distro then yes get a new distro.
    RedHat 7.2 is about 2 years old or something like that.

    --
    Confucius: He who play in root, eventually kill tree.
    Registered with The Linux Counter. http://counter.li.org/
    Slackware 9.1.0 Kernel 2.4.22 SMP i686 (GCC) 3.3.2
    Uptime: 27 days, 9:54, 1 user, load average: 0.14, 0.12, 0.09
    David Guest

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    >> If the system is newer than the distro then yes get a new distro. 


    can you advise me on which distro to start off with??? thanks in advance


    Myles Guest

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    Myles wrote: 

    If you have some UNIX experience and want to learn Linux then
    Slackware might work for you. It doesn't provide all of the fancy
    GUI configuration tools but is more of a "Keep it simple" idea.

    If you have never used anything but Windows then possibly
    Mandrake, Redhat, or SuSe would work better for you. I haven't
    used Mandrake but I hear it is "newbie" friendly. Which ever
    distro you choose, I would get the most recent release available.

    It is more of a personal choice and maybe a little of what the
    system is going to be used for.

    --
    Confucius: He who play in root, eventually kill tree.
    Registered with The Linux Counter. http://counter.li.org/
    Slackware 9.1.0 Kernel 2.4.22 SMP i686 (GCC) 3.3.2
    Uptime: 27 days, 21:54, 2 users, load average: 0.02, 0.06, 0.0
    David Guest

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    > If you have some UNIX experience and want to learn Linux then 

    i have basic unix experiance, however would like some gui, but would
    slackware defeat the monitor problem i was having ????????????????


    Myles Guest

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    Myles <fslife.co.uk> wrote: 

    Then load a different X driver, turn off framebuffer for text, etc.

    What's your problem with that? A quick "vga=normal" or 0 shoould do it,
    no?

    Heck, it's not even possible to make out form your vague ramblings
    whether you are talking about graphics or text! I have assumed "text",
    but if you mean graphics, then just use a different X server driver.

    Peter
    P.T. Guest

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    Myles wrote: 

    Slackware has a GUI it just doesn't have a bunch of the GUI
    config tools that some of the other distro's have. As for the
    monitor problem it isn't so much the distro as the kernel and
    XFree86 that provide the drivers and graphics support.

    --
    Confucius: He who play in root, eventually kill tree.
    Registered with The Linux Counter. http://counter.li.org/
    Slackware 9.1.0 Kernel 2.4.22 SMP i686 (GCC) 3.3.2
    Uptime: 28 days, 4:09, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.11, 0.27
    David Guest

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    "David" <net> wrote in message
    news:LHApb.98416$.. 
    >
    > Slackware has a GUI it just doesn't have a bunch of the GUI
    > config tools that some of the other distro's have. As for the
    > monitor problem it isn't so much the distro as the kernel and
    > XFree86 that provide the drivers and graphics support.[/ref]

    ok, thanks for all your help....if i need anything il post it :)


    Myles Guest

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    On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 13:37:17 -0000, "Myles"
    <fslife.co.uk> wrote:
     
    >> RedHat 7.2 is about 2 years old or something like that.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Confucius: He who play in root, eventually kill tree.
    >> Registered with The Linux Counter. http://counter.li.org/
    >> Slackware 9.1.0 Kernel 2.4.22 SMP i686 (GCC) 3.3.2
    >> Uptime: 27 days, 9:54, 1 user, load average: 0.14, 0.12, 0.09[/ref]
    >
    >
    >can you advise me on which distro to start off with??? thanks in advance[/ref]

    I think nowadays newcomers should start out with Knoppix. When you
    find the end of the readme file, you might be ready to attempt the
    install to a hard disk.
    http://www.knoppix.org/

    It will boot on a Windows machine without destroying anything, unless
    you jump through some hoops (read the proper doentation) or
    anything else that will boot straight from the CD -- only a single
    disk -- ready for a real look..


    Jim Guest

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