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O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 19:53:05 GMT 2010


On 02/11/2010 19:10, shawn wilson wrote:
> Just to add to what Sinclair said;
> On a new install of kubuntu, I never see that grub menu with safemode on
> it. You have to hold down the left shift key (IIRC) after post to get
> that. However, if ctrl+alt+f1 works and you can login there, do:
> sudo passwd    # set root password
> su -     # login as root
>
> As for the default x config, my preference would be to find a default
> text file on the web and:
> wget http://<url>
> mv <file> /etc/X/xorg.conf
> (That file in etc shouldn't already exist but I'd check - unix is very
> unforgiving with fs messups).
>
> Also, if you start using nano, watch your line breaks. IIRC, nano will
> put a CR if your line is too long - not very good for config files or
> scripts. Maybe this behavior has changed - I moved to vi because pico
> kept doing this (what nano is based on).
>
> On Nov 2, 2010 9:01 AM, "O. Sinclair" <o.sinclair at gmail.com
> <mailto:o.sinclair at gmail.com>> wrote:
>  > On 02/11/2010 12:17, Harry and Sandy wrote:
>  >> Hello Nils,
>  >>
>  >> The system information for my computer is
>  >>
>  >> Processor = x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1799 Mhz
>  >> Memory = 960 MB
>  >> Video = VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP
>  >> Sound Devices = Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
>  >> and Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller
>  >>
>  > One thing I know from experience is that VIA/S3G chips are very poorly
>  > supported.
>  >
>  > You could try this:
>  > 1. log in to recovery mode (you should get an option to do that
>  > immediately when the computer is booting up, after bios and such).
>  > Choose "continue to normal login" when/if you get a small menu
>  > 2. login as the username and password you set on installation. If this
>  > works you come to a command line console
>  > 3. if you are that far at least things are working...
>  > 4. type command "cd /etc/X11" and enter
>  > 5. once there comes the tricky part of creating a file called xorg.conf
>  > - it is tricky because you have to use a rather non-intuitive editor. I
>  > use one called "nano"
>  > 6. so type "nano xorg.conf" and enter
>  > 7. in the editor type in the following lines
>  > Section "Device"
>  > Identifier "Configured Video Device"
>  > EndSection
>  >
>  > Section "Monitor"
>  > Identifier "Configured Monitor"
>  > HorizSync 30-57
>  > VertRefresh 56-70
>  > EndSection
>  >
>  > Section "Screen"
>  > Identifier "Default Screen"
>  > Monitor "Configured Monitor"
>  > Device "Configured Video Device"
>  > DefaultDepth 24
>  > SubSection "Display"
>  > Depth 24
>  > Modes "1024x768"
>  > EndSubSection
>  > EndSection
>  >
>  > These are very general settings, should work even on old monitors and
>  > can be adjusted later. Save by pressing CTRL and X at the same time,
>  > reply yes to save.
>  > 8. type command "sudo reboot now", give your password and pray
>  >
>  > hope that might help, if not I would consider reinstalling from scratch
>  > from a new media
>  >
>  > Sinclair

have to correct myself - it should read "sudo nano xorg.conf" as you 
have to get admin rights for that file... sorry



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