dell inspiron 1501 laptop
AMD turion x2 64-bit dual core 1800MHz per core
ATI integrated Xpress 1250
ATI azalia (as per VL/ALSA) on-board sound
etc....err...i mean more details as need arises.
the installer is misleading at some points and doesn't give a chance to go back one step in the post install configuration...here's an example and the consequences i had to face :-
finally after a long term testing of RC2 of 5.8 SOHO i downloaded n burnt a CD of the final version to install (yeah obviously :p ) n got all done with the package installation pretty soon n then came the post install configurations. i chose GRUB coz that was what i was using and i am used to the menu.lst
after this there is a screen which shows configuration for sound display timezone keyboard layout etc. it also comes with an option to restore (dunno what) from /home/backupsys. my existing installation has separate /home partition (which i cannot afford to lose) and it shows there is a .tar.bz2 file in there, i've never gone into that directory ever and there is nothing written in the installer to tell me what that .tar.bz2 archive contains. now by default this restore thing is not selected but perhaps i was thinkin it might restore some application settings...after all even if it was something done during my RC2 installation, its not possible to recollect since linux doesn't need to be reinstalled on weekly basis like windows to give me installation practice
...so then what happens is there is are two options on the screen which shows the .tar.bz2 files. one was OK (which didn't seem OK for me) and other was one of Back/Cancel/Exit, now here i wanted to skip out of this step only and proceed to the next, but the installer exits out and gives a warning "you didn't configure this n that, i'm not sure if things'll work, restart n see" why these scare tactics?? ok so me took a deep breath n restarted, things were goin fine n the post installation configuration screen came back again, this time i skipped the restore thingy n configured the audio using ALSA configurator and then comes the main problem area display aka FGLRX (in my case). this did go smoothly on my RC2 installation but once i put in the driver, resolution and color depth the installer tries to blank the screen and do some xorg.conf editing or probing the display hardware to get a configuration. it does ask to sit tight or hold tight...but it was takin so long, like minutes passed n it was becoming uncomfortable. n then i tried to restart the computer and then disaster showed up...
the boot messages get stuck at /etc/inittab to /etc/inittab[>=6] (written per line) with the phrase "missing action field" beside each line. will have to write down on pen n paper n type it here next time. e.g. (roughly ... from memory)
/etc/inittab: missing action field
in this case, if anyone can post the inittab contents here or on a pastebin, it might help get things started.
but how do i deal with the display driver problem?
Any kind of help is greatly appreciated.