[CentOS] black display during installation of CentOS5.5

Thu Oct 21 07:28:37 UTC 2010
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

On 10/20/10 10:38 PM, Ritika Garg wrote:
> I had posted the following question 4-5 days ago. I want to add 
> something to the question which is important. The question was:
> During installation of CentOS5.3 from DVD, the installation was 
> interrupted due to an error in a rpm package as the DVD had lot of 
> scratches. So I burned image of CentOS5.5 on DVD. I selected 
> installation in graphical mode. The first graphical interface screen 
> comes from where we proceed further by clicking next. This screen is 
> almost black and its impossible to carry out further installation as 
> visibility is very poor.
> I was trying above for Dell Inspiron laptop which has Windows7 
> installed on it. I checked the CentOS5.5 DVD on another system which 
> is desktop and found that the graphical interface is perfectly alright 
> there. So is there any setting that has to be done in the laptop?

well, Dell has made a few 100 model inspirons, and some of those had 
several optional graphics modules (my wife's inspiron E1705 could have 
had a ATI or one of several Geforce Go modules).    Some of them may 
have graphics controllers that aren't well supported at all by linux, 
like the Inspiron Mini10(1010) model I tried, with Poulsbo graphics, 
very poorly supported out of the box, and even the downlaodable drivers 
really aren't very good.