Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 16079
cannot install GUI on Compaq 12XL125
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:57 EDT
I have a Compaq 12XL125 laptop (uses the CyberBlade/i7 Trident chipset). I
cannot install in GUI mode because the display is corrupted. It appears to
be detecting the correct chipset, Xserver, etc., so the problem is
presumably one of incorrect modelines for the LCD?
I already have Linux installed on this laptop, and can provide a working
XF86Config from XFree86 3.3.6 if that would be helpful.
what resolution are you trying? Have you tried other resolutions? What does
the corruption look like?
I haven't tried any resolutions, because I don't get far enough to do that. It
gets to the "running /sbin/anaconda - may take a while" (or whatever it says),
starts up X, and I'm instantly dead at that point -- the screen is impossible to
see to continue further.
The screen corruption is that solid sheet of bright white - mottled grey that
laptop LCDs do when you drive them at too high a refresh (well, at least that's
the only time I've ever done it otherwise).
Does your laptop support running in 640x480?
If not, you can run the installer in text mode by typing
at the install boot prompt. It should allow you to then setup X at the support
resolution on your laptop.
If this doesn't work please reopen this bug.
I finally managed to get the laptop to install in text mode. It failed to
configure X. Running Xconfigurator manually got X configured for 3.3.6, but not
for 4.0.1. The major problem both with the install and with the autoconfigure /
Xconfigurator problems is probably that with XFree 3.3.6, this chipset uses the
SVGA driver, but with XFree 4, it uses the Trident driver....
Does it work well with XFree86 4.0? There is a new Xconfigurator at
http://people.redhat.com/teg/xc/ - please try that with the "--preferxf4"
Please reopen this bug if you continue to have problems.