how do you force anaconda to use vesa?

Kam Leo kam.leo at
Wed Nov 21 04:08:13 UTC 2007

On Nov 20, 2007 7:49 PM, Jim Cornette <fc-cornette at> wrote:
> Jack Howarth wrote:
> >    I found that when I tried to run the x86_64 Fedora 8
> > installer on a machine which currently runs x86_64 Fedora 7
> > that the X gui of the installer doesn't appear. I believe the
> > problem is that the radeon driver is trying to drive the
> > ATI Radeon X1650 Pro graphics card but only produces a black
> > screen. I don't see any particular errors in the virtual console
> > that anaconda launches X from.
> >    Is there anyway to force anaconda to default to the vesa
> > driver (which is what Fedora 7 was doing)? I tried adding
> > 'vesa' to the kernel options at the beginning of the installation
> > but that didn't help. I am loath to do a text installation if
> > I can find some way to suppress the radeon driver for the
> > install (since I will use fglrx afterwards).
> >     Thanks in advance for any advice.
> >                Jack
> >
> linux xdriver=vesa should do it. The option was changed to allow
> flexibility so you could specify drivers other than vesa, such as intel.
> There may be documentation on this feature. I read it on the development
> list and used it for several installations where the video card was not
> detected properly.
> Jim

If your display works when you boot to runlevel 3 you can (should be
able to) use system-config-display to set up both your display adapter
and monitor.

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