Graphical screen dying on new FC4 install

Jose Achmad Palala deterium73 at
Fri Dec 2 00:46:06 UTC 2005

I must admit I'm just a newb, but I think a fresh "clean" install of *Fedora
Core 3 or 2 *would be better instead of installing core 4.
I heard somewhere in the fedora website that fedora was gently optimized for
the pentium processor, but not completely optimized to allow for better
compatibility with other processors though.
It must be an OS problem because it runs other operating system such as
win98 smoothly.
Try reading the boot screen (use interactive boot to execute specific
components) and look if anything is amiss  i.e. did not detect nvidia
I think it could also be the GPU, its drivers may have not been updated for
linux. Try downloading the latest drivers for nvidia or following on how to
get nvidia to work with your system.


On 12/1/05, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at> wrote:
> On 12/1/05, Jeff Vian <jvian10 at> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-11-30 at 15:19 +0200, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > > I just replaced Win98 with Fedora Core 4 on a friends' computer: AMD
> > > 550, 128MB RAM. Now, he can work for a limited amount of time (between
> > > 20-150 minutes), then the computer gets stuck. Not even the mouse
> > > works. He can, however, switch to a console with CTR-ALT-F1.
> > >
> > > When restarted, there is no graphical mode, only console. If he lets
> > > the computer sit for a few hours, he can boot up a graphical screen,
> > > but after some time the problem reoccurs. Nothing in the computer
> > > (open case) seems unusually hot, which was my first thought.
> > >
> > > Any ideas on where to look? Thank you.
> > >
> > Sounds like a heat issue.  May be the gpu overheating.  It works much
> > less when in text mode. Definitely whatever it is, it affects the video
> > cards ability to process graphics.  The time factor certainly indicates
> > heat.
> >
> > That old a system may have inadequate heat sinks/cooling fans and/or
> > inadequate case ventilation. You said the case is open, but have you
> > tried putting a portable fan where it directs air flow across the video
> > card?
> > Have you tried a different video card?
> > Is the interior of the case clean?  completely blown out with air?
> > Is there a fan on the video card?  Is it working?
> > Is there a fan on the system chip?  Is it working? (This is not likely
> > the issue but worth checking anyway.)
> I also thought that it was a hardware problem, however the machine ran
> win98 fine. The inside of the case is free of dust, if not perfectly
> clean. The video card has no fan (never did) but it does not get too
> hot, by the finger test (just a little warm). It is a 32 MB AGP Nvida
> unit. And the CPU fan works fine, as does the power supply fan.
> Neither of them seem unusually hot.
> Also, there was no EE entries in the X log file, which would suggest a
> problem in that area. However, I did notice that there is no swap
> space. cat /proc/swap is blank. I DID specify a swap partition, but
> there is no swap! Could this be a cause?
> Dotan Cohen
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