[sf-lug] Ubuntu 7.10 Video Problem

jim stockford jim at well.com
Thu Dec 20 11:58:07 PST 2007

    no thoughts on your problem per se, but a tho't
about swap:
    according to red hat (yes, i know this is ubuntu, but
red hat engineers do know things about the linux
kernel), there's no need for a swap partition bigger
than 2GB and there's a recommendation to have
multiple swap partitions interspersed amidst other

On Dec 20, 2007, at 11:35 AM, Ted Nebus wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a solid linux user (non programmer, non admin) so that best
> describes my tech level.  I have been using ubuntu for a while now I
> think since 6.06.
> Normally, I dumpster computers and put them together (so I do know a
> bit about hardware).  I finally got a job where i can buy parts so I
> did.
> I started to install Ubuntu 7.10 (i386).  During boot up it started to
> switch into the graphics mode. It but kept switching back to text
> perhaps looking for the right video settings(?).  Ultimately it gave
> me a message to the effect of
> The video server has been restarted about 6 times in the last 90
> seconds.  Will try again in 2 minutes.
> I said okay, and waited.
> It did the same cycle again, and then I restarted the computer.
> I put in my xubuntu 6.10 (i386) cd which I had handy, and it didn't
> have this problem.  I was able to install.  This however had a problem
> with the partitioner I was able to make a 10 gig / a 5 gig /home and a
> 8 gig swap.  I wanted the remainder of the 500 gig SATA drive to be
> /shared.   It gave me a message saying that I could not start the
> partition before the start (or something like that).  I figured I
> would settle that later.  After rebooting I put in the Ubuntu 7.10
> disk, added it to my repositories and tried to install ndiswrapper.
> It told me that I could not because I didn't have the correct libc6 in
> the repositories.
> Ideally, I want Ubuntu 7.10 on my system.
> Hardware is as follows:
> HD 500G|WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD5000AAKS
> CPU AMD|A64 X2 5600 2.8G AM2 2x1M R
> Any thoughts?  Sorry for the lack of precision on the error messages.
> Thanks,
> Ted
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