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> Monitor Unknown, Installation stalls
post May 15 2003, 10:21 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I started the installation of Red Hat 9 on our Compaq Proliant Server.

It started loading files then came up to a screen with the following lines.

Running anaconda, the Red Hat Linux system installer-please wait...
Probing for Video Card : Cirrus Logic GD544x
Probing for Monitor Type : Unknown Monitor

At this point the system hangs. I'm assuming that the install is hanging because I've let it run for approximately 30 minutes and it never goes beyond the point of the unknown server.

The monitor is a Compaq which came with the server. It always did work under the Novell Netware that was previously the server's OS.

I tried a different monitor also, same result.

I've also tried the commands 'linux noprobe', 'linux lowres', and 'linux text' but they still bring me up to the same screen/problem.

Any ideas?
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post May 16 2003, 11:43 AM
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This really is an odd error, ive checked around on google to see if anyone else was having similar problems, and it doesn't look like it.

I haven't found any solution for this except for using a text based install. I'm sure redhat still has the option to use a text mode installation.
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post May 17 2003, 09:59 AM
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Well I must say that Ted didnt look around properly. I had the same problem and I had posted here repeatedly looking for a solution, in vain though. Anyway I got past that problem after long hours trying to figure out why exactly it was happening. I didnt come up with an answer to the 'why' part but I did find a solution. I have posted my configuration at the bottom and this solution may not help but give it a shot anyway.
First, dont try to install on existing a Linux partition. Just create a DOS partition to install to (dont choose a logical partition if you are using the other logical partitions for DOS) or just leave some disk space free. Then install in text mode (''linux text"). Then as soon as 'Running Anaconda.....' appears, start pressing F2 repeatedly, not very fast, lets say 2 presses per second. This did the trick for me. Hope it takes you beyong the Anaconda 'menace'. In case, it doesnt help the first time around, reset the system and try, try again. I got it right around the 6th attempt. All the best!!

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