Live CD won't start - flashing text - (solved)

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Live CD won't start - flashing text - (solved)

Postby caddi on Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:31 pm

Hello,
I have a problem and have searched on this forum and outside for help. I have done the checksum and tried two Cds both burned on different PCs but I still get the same problem. I would appreciate advice.

I am trying to install Helena (main) on my desktop. I have Nvidia graphics and I cannot get further than an 'out of resolution' message so am trying to boot in compatibility mode. I get through loads of text to what looks like the terminal prompt, I can see the cow and the fortune cookie but the text flashes alarmingly and I am unable to input any commands, always assuming that I knew what to do from there! :roll:

Should the compatibility mode boot go through to the gui?
Is this another Nvidia problem? I had problems in the past with installing Daryna and Elyyssa but Gloria installed without problems on this system.

Any ideas what I can do to resolve this would be very welcome. :?
Many thanks.

I did the lspci and this is what I got:-

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI bridge [K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:02.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
00:03.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
00:0f.0 RAID bus controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A SATA 2-Port Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 07)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 7c)
00:13.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge
00:13.1 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV41 [GeForce 6800 GS] (rev a2)
04:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT1708/A [Azalia HDAC] (VIA High Definition Audio Controller) (rev 10)
Last edited by caddi on Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Live CD won't start - flashing text

Postby Husse on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:19 pm

Compatibility mode gets you to the GUI - of course
You have a 6800, I have a 6600 on my other desktop and both have problems with the free "nv" driver
Compatibility mode changes to the "vesa" driver which "always" works - but not for you this time it seems
You mention an 'out of resolution' message - what monitor do you have and type of connection (VGA? DVI? )
Edit by Husse - very similar problem here
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Re: Live CD won't start - flashing text

Postby caddi on Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:39 pm

Thanks, Husse. I didn't see that other post.

The monitor I am using is an old Compaq 1501, VGA. I will try it with my partner's monitor. That I suppose may work. I just assumed that it might be the graphics card and that someone else may have experienced this. I will report back.

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Re: Live CD won't start - flashing text

Postby caddi on Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:20 pm

I tried with another monitor - and got the same result. I am trying another graphics card tomorrow.

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