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linuxtolinux
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installing problems

Hello,

I faced a problem in installing fedora on my pc. I got the solution by hazard and I am not getting into its interpretation.
I have a p4 INTEL pc, 915 GAV mother board.
When I had tried to install fedora either in GUI mode or text mode both of the 2 methods failed leading to the same error “kernel panic”.
When I chose, on the boot command, the resolution parameter “Linux resolution=1024x…” everything gone well and the installation continued normally.

I need to know what was the problem and how could I predict the solution?

thanks in advance
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: installing problems

Shalom linuxtolinux,

There really might be a solution per say. If this motherboard has a graphics card built in, its probably not supported and creates the kernel panic.

In that case I'd replace the on board grapics card with a fully supported one. ATI makes a few nice ones that work with Linux.

If you have an add in graphics card, my bet is its not supported and should be replaced.

SEP
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Alan_152
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Re: installing problems

What happens when you attempt to install in 640x400, 16 color, 80 column text mode?
linuxtolinux
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Re: installing problems

hi Aln

all i only tried to install using the gui method or linux text mode and both of them delivered the same error.
and then when i used "linux resolution=1024*768" everything had gone well
Alan_152
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Re: installing problems

But how many colors was it set at when it succeeded at 1024x768? And what was the refresh frequency? I'm not familiar with this board, and I can't find the specs and ranges for the card. I suspect that Fedora doesn't know either and is guessing (incorrectly).
Steven E. Protter
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Re: installing problems

hello again

It is better to know exactly what your hardware model number and drivers are and make the choice instead of the installer once you have seen it makes mistakes.

I have found an additional link on this subject.

http://www.linux.com/howtos/Hardware-HOWTO/video.shtml

Please give it a try and let us know what happens. I am now having a very similar issue with a laptop carrying the Intel 852 graphics chip set.

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Steven E Protter
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http://hpuxconsulting.com
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linuxtolinux
Frequent Advisor

Re: installing problems

hi guys,
Alan: the screen was 16 @60 Hz refresh rate

steven:the vga is Intel(R)82915G express chipset family- 6.14.10.3847
I checked the site you gave to me and i didn't find it listed.probably it is not supported unless i didn't check well

i hope that these info could help you in analyzing the case
NB:all the above information are taken through my winxp.

10x
Alan_152
Honored Contributor

Re: installing problems

This is what your graphics are capable of:

http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel810/sb/cs-009122.htm

Choose a mode that (1) the card can handle, (2) Fedora can handle, (3) your x-setup can handle, and (4) your monitor can handle.

You may also want to refer to this -- http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel810/sb/cs-009118.htm -- for common issues regarding this chipset and Linux.
linuxtolinux
Frequent Advisor

Re: installing problems

thanks guys