Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 89784
Dell Inspiron 5000 install troubles
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:21 EDT
Description of problem:
In contrary to former Red Hat Linux version, I experienced some troubles during
installation of RHL 9 on my notebook:
1) X display during install scrambled. My notebooks panel was not recognised
(is 15" 1400x1050 display). Video Card was recognised properly (ATI Rage
Mobility with 8MB RAM). Screen had only correct display in small strip (50-100
pixel?) on the left side of the screen. The rest had a solid color, first blue,
then gray. Color has a relation to what is displayed on the screen. I retried
this 2 times with the same result.
2) Keyboard freeze during install. During install (in text mode because of
1) ), a few times the keyboard froze. Even the caps lock LED didn't react.
Closing and opening the lid (causing a standby-in-RAM) did unlock the keyboard.
Noteable pressing shift-Fx to (try to) switch VC made the problem worse. I did
retry this a few times, with varying results.
Note: I verified the installing media. Everything fine. I did a clean install
on a computer with newly created partitions (fdisk-ed).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Find Dell Inspiron 5000 (P-III, 600MHz, 512MB RAM, 30GB disk)
2. Put RHL 9 cdrom 1 in it and let it boot from it.
3. Just accept default everywhere -> problem 1)
4. Restart and now run "linux text".
5. Select all packages to install.
6. Press shift-Fx a few times
7. Note that pressing enter when a new cdrom is requested fails.
See problem description. Unable to install in graphics mode. Text mode could
only be completed because of close-lid trick.
A problemless install like with RHL 7.x and 8.0.
No problem to test some stuff. Small dl's appreciated!
Could you try booting into the graphical installer by adding
'resolution=1400x1050' to your boot command line (assuming 1400x1050 is the LCD
Did add the resolution=1400x1050 and this was in the log:
* adding extraArg --resolution=1400x1050
* ddcprobe returned bogus values
Screen full gray without mouse pointer, while at first the mouse pointer was
visable in the small strip on the left. So we are further from home now :-)
I tried ddcprobe on the running system. It worked a few times tonight, but now
(a few hours later), not anymore??? Very strange. I tried it as root in runlevel
3 and 5...
I do not have this hardware to test with. Sounds like most X server related issues.
Don't have hardware anymore, so will not be able to try something anymore.