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Author Topic: 5.9 hates my computer, bumpy start to 5.9 for me  (Read 1641 times)

oldexplorer

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5.9 hates my computer, bumpy start to 5.9 for me
« on: December 30, 2007, 02:50:31 am »

I spent hours trying to install 5.9, but the monitor turns itself off whenever I get to the point in the install where monitor resolution is asked for. The monitor is a normal Dell 17 inch that works with everything I've ever thrown at it. Then I can't see what I'm doing and have to pull the plug. On restart it just throws me into command-line hell. Also there's no sound. I've been through the install many times choosing every possible route through the settings, and it gets me nowhere. 5.8 installed like a dream - everything was totally perfect and functional, like a Swiss watch. My PC is a Dell Dimension 2400 with on-board graphics and sound.

Vector has moved further away from being newbie-friendly, and the comments thrown up during various install crises are very geeky and cryptic.

**EDIT**

Just tried again and it's now OK, with apparently correct function. Sound is now working, DVD playback is correct. It was just a matter of hitting the right combination of guesses.

The icons in VASM still look weird - ghosty and rough. Are they supposed to look like that? Now OK.

So - a very bumpy start, and still plenty of testing/play to have a look around 5.9, but looks hopeful now :)

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« Last Edit: December 30, 2007, 04:41:19 am by oldexplorer »
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Re: 5.9 hates my computer, given up
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2007, 03:27:56 am »

for starter try to choose the lowest resolution or lowest X setting at the X server configuration.......
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Re: 5.9 hates my computer, bumpy start to 5.9 for me
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2007, 07:38:01 am »

I spent hours trying to install 5.9, but the monitor turns itself off whenever I get to the point in the install where monitor resolution is asked for
Probably this has nothing to do with Vector Linux install - this is likely your BIOS monitor suspend kicking in - all you need do is push any unused key on the keyboard (for instance the Shift key) and your monitor will spring back to life.
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Also there's no sound
Stilll, after a successful install? If so put a music CD in the player, boot up XMMS to play it and open alsamixer in a terminal and adjust the mixer settings.
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oldexplorer

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Re: 5.9 hates my computer, bumpy start to 5.9 for me
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 02:56:20 pm »

I spent hours trying to install 5.9, but the monitor turns itself off whenever I get to the point in the install where monitor resolution is asked for
Probably this has nothing to do with Vector Linux install - this is likely your BIOS monitor suspend kicking in - all you need do is push any unused key on the keyboard (for instance the Shift key) and your monitor will spring back to life.
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Also there's no sound
Stilll, after a successful install? If so put a music CD in the player, boot up XMMS to play it and open alsamixer in a terminal and adjust the mixer settings.


It's all working correctly now, including sound :)

I had an occasional BIOS monitor shut-down - I'm very familiar with these, and as you say, hitting any key brings back the display. The monitor shut-down I'm referring to happened about 4 times - each time at EXACTLY the moment that I chose a resolution from the displayed list, including the one that was correct for my monitor (1024x768). After several install attempts this shut-down became completely predictable and repeatable. I didn't choose anything over 1024x768 or of incorrect screen proportions. I think that on my eventual successful install run I chose something that avoided taking me to the list of screen resolutions - but I can't remember how I did it.

What a relief lol...
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