Often times when you've finished your install of Fedora and reboot you are greeted with nothing but a black screen, sometimes not even a prompt of any sort. The system seems to just sit there waiting for your next move. A critical issue to new users, this can often times be fairly easily resolved. Here's what I suggest:
Reboot the computer. When you see the boot menu select Fedora with the arrow keys. Once Fedora is highlighted press e
to edit. Arrow down to the line that looks similar to this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-108.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=67a30fd4-7022-4ebe-8f9d-07cd2aabd732 rhgb quiet
and press e
to edit this line. Move to the end of the line. Delete rhgb
, add a space and the number 3
so that the line now looks like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-108.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=67a30fd4-7022-4ebe-8f9d-07cd2aabd732 3
and press b
to boot. This will boot the system into runlevel 3
and you will get a command prompt. Log in as root with root password. Backup the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
Now edit the file:
Look for this section
Change Driver "intel"
(or whatever yours says) to Driver "vesa"
. Save and exit nano. (The key commands are at the bottom of the editor). Type logout
to log out of the root shell. Log in as your regular user. Type startx
and see if you get the GUI.
Now that you (should) have a very basic graphical user interface that you can work with, backup the working /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Once that's saved you can try to tweak the interface to your liking in terms of correct drivers, screen resolution, etc. If things go badly you can always repeat the process, this time just to copy the known working configuration over the broken one.