Installed Linux: Black screen, faint writing and no response

By supercoolio1
Jun 15, 2005
  1. Please Help!
    Installed Linux today on my XP PC. By using Microsofts virtual PC. At the end of the installation it could not recognise my graphics card on screen resolution. I tried the default it choose and then accidently set the resolution on 1 million colors. Now on launching I get a larger black screen with faint writing on it. I'm so new to Linux that I just don't know what to do. I need step by step instructions as this was suppose to be a learning experience for me....and it did not last long!
    Red Hat Linux/x86 9 (Shrike) is what I have installed
    Radeon x300 series is my Graphics card.

    Please help me...otherwise my linux adventure will have lasted all but 1 day..
    In return I will pray for a good life for you.
  2. supercoolio1

    supercoolio1 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    THANKS for the help

    Anyway just re-installed the whole thing again and this time it doing the same as does not like the graphics driver its using (a generic one).

    How do re-configure it? Without re-installing the whole thing again
    come on you Linux boys lets have some answers!

  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    See if you can run Xconfigurator from the command line.
  4. supercoolio1

    supercoolio1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    If try to do ctrl-alt-f1. I get a commad line screen with messages that proccesses are starting. If type any command I get no response...then i8253 count is too high! resetting.

    I'm so new to this that I need step by step advise....

  5. abishere

    abishere TS Rookie

    find out all the info you can about your monitor and manuall put the settings in there
  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Try CTRL ALT F2 and see if you get a login prompt

    If you do, login and run this:

    X -configure

    If that is successful, use the config file it generates.
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