[CentOS] black display during installation of CentOS5.5

Thu Oct 21 09:01:56 UTC 2010
JohnS <jses27 at gmail.com>

On Thu, 2010-10-21 at 00:28 -0700, John R Pierce wrote:
> 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.
Without knowing what it really has you can try the absolute basic which
xdriver=VESA in the anaconda boot prompt..