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20th March 2006, 09:15 PM
Hello everybody.

I use fedora core on my x86 PC for quite a long time now.

Today, with FC5 coming out, I just tried to install it on my 14" G4 iBook (with ati radeon 9550, 1,42Ghz CPU).
But after the media check, when anaconda wants to start X, it just hangs.
I got a totally white screen, then red, then green, then blue, then gray, and over.
Looks like a video test, but it never ends (I waited at least 10 minutes).

Any clue ?

(sorry for my pooooor english)

21st March 2006, 01:35 AM

It's a bug in x.org. There will have to be an update of xorg with patches to fix this. I'm in the same boat. New (refurb) powermac G5 but no X. :(

21st March 2006, 01:37 AM
But you CAN install FC5, even with the X issues. Type this at the boot prompt:

linux text

at the boot. This will install it just fine. Though X won't start after you install b/c of the bug report issues.

21st March 2006, 01:48 AM
Text install just work, but IMHO there is no point installing FC5 on an iBook if I can't even get a GUI.
I'll just wait for new x.org packages.

21st March 2006, 02:09 AM
Okay I just had success with getting X to start, with the fbdev driver:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "fbdev"
# Driver "radeon"
VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
BoardName "ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AP [Radeon 9600]"
BusID "PCI:240:16:0"
Option "UseFBDev" "true"
Option "MonitorLayout" "CRT, NONE"

I specified the screen (I'm using a 21" Apple Studio CRT):

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

And I commented out the load dri and load glx. And I did startx and it works! So now no 3D, but at least it's usable. Try the fbdev driver and see if it works.