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    I am installing Linux Mandrake 8 on my car computer and everything works fine with the insallation till it gets to testing X. The monitor and/or video cards do not seem to work. I have a All-in-Wonder card going to my TFT LCD. I have tried everything I can think of to get it to work but in the test I get a red screen then a red horizontal moving line. Any ideas what video settings I should use to get Mandrake to work?
    TIA
    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

  • #2
    I just intalled Mandrake 8.0 last week without a hitch. It was my fisrt go at Linux, and I thought that the setup went smoother than Windows did. I know a guy at school that may be able to help you out--I'll run your post by him tomorrow. But for the time being I've heard its a good idea to be as conservative as possible with monitor resolution during setup. You can laways change it later.
    Got started with computers on this board early in high school...now I run a web development company and am about to build my dream machine.

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    • #3
      Well I am only trying to get 640x480. Go figure!
      http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
      Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

      http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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      • #4
        I have experienced this before with other distributions. I haven't tried Mandrake 8 yet, but when I tried Mandrake 7.2 I had trouble with the install process and ended up sticking with RedHat. Try hitting Alt+F2 - Alt+F5 to see if there are any error messages. Have you tried searching the support section of the Madrake site to see if other AIW users have run into problems? The Linux community is extremely helpfull, so posting in a support forum specific to the distribution you are using is sure to you help. You mentioned that you are trying to set for 640X480, but X is picky about refresh rates and the like, so be sure to read up on the capabilities of both your video card and LCD and makes sure that you are within these specs. Is 640X480 the native resolution for your LCD? If not, try running the LCD in it's native resolution first then switch once you get it running. Best of luck!

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        • #5
          OK, I got it to work by using an unlisted card and FBDev. I don't know if the installation was bad or something, but about half the programs I tried to run either crashed or didn't start up at all. I am seriosly thinking about diching the whole Linux idea all together and going back to windows. Perhaps I am using the wrong distro of Linux? All I want is it to boot up fast and be able to play MP3s and movies. Is there a distro best suited for this?
          http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
          Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

          http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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          • #6
            Redhat.
            Mandrake is the bloated microsoft of Linux.
            Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
            Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
            In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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            • #7
              Yikes .. if Mandrake is the microsoft of Linux .. what is RedHat?

              RedHat is .. slooooowwwww compared to Mandrake.
              -James-

              Tech tips and more - http://www.techguys.ca

              *NIX command for today: rm -rf /bin/laden

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              • #8
                I second the post for RedHat. Just go for the typical install and get it up and running. I find it way easier to add and remove programs after install then before. With both Madrake and Redhat, installing programs is very easy thanks to RPM. With other distributions, it can be rough using the MAKE command, etc.
                I like Linux. I have it running on my router PC, my server and my spare workstation. It's the best server OS on the market at any price. That having been said, it's not quite ready for primetime as a workstation OS. I still have Windows installed on my main PC, and while playing with the Linux box is fun it's just too much work to get it to do simple stuff.
                As for the boot times, you probably won't notice a savings over Win if you're running X. Linux from the command prompt is fast, but from a graphical environment it's slow (depending on hardware). I'm also yet to find really good DVD playback software.
                Best of luck,
                Mike.

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                • #9
                  If you're looking to avoid bloatware, try one of these - http://dmoz.org/Computers/Software/O.../Floppy_Sized/

                  Most can be easily migrated to a hard drive and you can then add X or whatever else you wanted to.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all the suggestions. But I have decided to go back to Windows. I am going to try Cobra III. I just don't have the time to learn Linux right now, and after trying Mandrake I will probably install Red Hat on another computer at a later date and try it out. Thanks again!
                    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
                    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

                    http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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                    • #11
                      If you really want a hardcore linux (especially one configured for quick boot) check out www.linuxfromscratch.org, where you can make your own distro. It might take you a few hours (days maybe) to get a fully working install, but you will cut out all the extra stuff. Think of it this way - you install 1/3 to 1/4 the packages that RedHat, Mandrake, whatever install, because you don't need 30 different X servers, just one, and you don't need the apache HTML server, because you won't be hosting a website, and you don't need this or that or the other thing. If you compile everything with -03 or higher, and compile specific to your processor, you can dramatically increase program speed, reduce processor load (after compilation) in exchange for a longer time to compile all the stuff. I would not be surprised if a LFS install booted in half the time of redhat (My LFS on my regular computer takes at most 1/3 of the RedHat time and about 1/10 of Win98). Check out www.linuxfromscratch.org for all the directions, packages, everything.
                      Mp3car setup on the way... it's gonna run like this:
                      5" TFT LCD running out of a 32 MB 4x AGP GeForce 256, on a 667 MHz Celeron and a 4.3GB Hard Drive, running linux and probably MS98 solely for the purposes of Diablo II.
                      Also a playstation 1, and my stereo:
                      2 Rockford Fosgate 360a2 (1 punch, 1 power) running 4 10" subs.
                      1 RF punch 120a2 running 2 Jensen 6x9s in boxes
                      Custom box (it looks cool. pics someday)
                      4 ga. & 8 ga. power
                      10 ga. speaker wire all around
                      16' RF shielded RCA
                      Pioneer 1100DEH (until I get a MP3car)

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                      • #12
                        go here :
                        http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT6093506327.html

                        it is almost exactly what i personally want. fsck the distros , follow this.
                        i want an install that will play mp3s , and let me telnet/ftp to it. this goes one step further though , with the web page interface.
                        i feel that maybe if your just starting with linux that this may be a bit advanced for you (and probably me ) hmmm , start with r/h (or debian i'm told is _really_ costomisable) and learn
                        stupid quote # 1 : "i dont do drugs , i only ever smoke pot when i'm coming down" , Me , 6 september , 2001.

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