[CentOS] trying to install 5.2 on a laptop
mpk2 at enter.net
Sun Mar 1 03:23:49 UTC 2009
I burned a CD with the 5.2 netinstall iso, and installed it onto a
laptop (Acer Aspire 3680). Note that I'm *totally* new to laptops.
The install went fine. But, when I boot it, it errors at the user login.
A screen comes up, stating that X11 cannot start, and that it's probably
A bit of investigating revealed that there is no Synaptics module
installed. It will boot into runlevel=3.
I tried the 'upgrade' option of the netinstall disk; it saw that 5.2 is
installed, and quit. |:(
The X wiki suggested that I try adding this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Option "AllowMouseOpenFail" "1"
Using "cat xorg.conf", I see Section "InputDevice" , which refers
to the Synaptics module.
Being new-ish to linux, I can't figure out the text-based editor (vi) to
modify the file. I have "System Rescue CD" and "Ultimate Boot CD", but
(apparently) they don't mount the installed system.
I have some Fedora install disks (if they'd be of any help) - but not a
rescue CD. It seems like CentOS doesn't have a rescue CD - would
I need to modify xorg.conf, or figure out how to install the Synaptics
module. How can I do that?
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