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Re: unknown monitor type

  • Subject: Re: unknown monitor type
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 07:22:19 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.linux
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [noi] on Monday 21 November 2005 17:56 \__

> On Mon, 21 Nov 2005 09:16:11 -0800, corne wrote this:

First of all, if your laptop did not fancy the Red Hat 9 'flavour', then I
suggest  you try another distribution like SuSE or Ubuntu. I believe  that
Ubuntu  works quite well on laptops and its hardware probing is excellent.
Perhaps  you can hit two birds with one stone, getting both the modem  and
the screen recognised at installation time. Red Hat 9 is not a most modern
Linux distribution.

>> I am installing red hat fedora 9 onto *old* mecer laptop.  It detects
>> the hardware except the monitor.  I get the unknown monitor type
>> message.  I am installing using ' linux text ' so i get no monitor
>> questions.  what can i do ?
>> Second question : I need to get Cnet pcmcia modem to work.  Where do i
>> get a driver to load ?

Have you tried the vendor's Web site? If not, once you get your monitor to
work,  try package management facilities or other GUI-based utilities that
enable  you to get the drivers working. Control Center, for example, might
do  some  of the work for you. Failing that, try manually configuring  the
modem and installing the drivers.

> It should default to default vga.  There's a utility  Xconfigur (or
> XFree86config) I think that will allow you to configure the monitor to the
> right config when you start X.  You can select the monitor or closest to
> it and the best displays.  If you're not using X then it doesn't matter.

Try editing your X configuration file manually. It might be located under:

/etc/X11 /etc/XOrgFree /etc/X

Try reducing the resolution and also search for some example configuration
files on the Net. Be sure to make backups before making changes.

If  you  had a graphical installer which worked properly (I think Red  Hat
was  text-based  though),  try to find a file like  XF86Config.install  or
something  similar in the paths above (whichever corresponds to your  dis-
tribution). If it exists, replace e.g. XF86Config with XF86Config.install.
This will at least get you started and enable X to cough out no errors.


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