Cannot Display This Video Mode

  • Harlequin501
Posted: Sun, 08/17/2008 - 09:36
I've tried out the liveCD and now want to install 2.1 but I can only get so far in the installation before it stops and my monitor displays this: 2: Digital Input Cannot Display This Video Mode This didn't happen with the liveCD. My monitor is connected via DVI. Any help would be much appreciated!

you're welcome

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Wed, 08/20/2008 - 11:26
I multi-boot more than two distros here. When 64studio releases the next version I will install over this one and add the menu list details I saved to usb. Then ubuntustudio will release and I will install over the old version with the new one, again I will copy the saved menu list into the new ubuntu menu list. So the circle completes. Other distro installs will not boot your opensuse distro, So you will have to re-install your opensuse grub each time, which is not a major issue now you know howto. This is an example of "Your" menu list as I would have it: title openSUSE 11.0,hda5, 2.6.25.11-0.1-pae root (hd0,4) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.11-0.1-pae root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST3160023AS_5MT2RALL-part5 resume=/dev/sda7 splash=silent showopts acpi=off pci=noacpi noapic vga=0x31a initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.11-0.1-pae title 64studio,hda8, 2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 root (hd0,7) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 root=/dev/sda8 ro vga=791 splash=silent acpi=off pci=noacpi noapic initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 title Windows XP Home Edition rootnoverify (hd0,4) chainloader (hd0,1)+1 title # insert-info-here e.g. Swap=sda7, data=sda? audio=sda? # root title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.0,hda5, root (hd0,4) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.11-0.1-pae root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST3160023AS_5MT2RALL-part5 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off x11failsafe initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.25.11-0.1-pae title 64studio,hda8, 2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 (single-user mode) root (hd0,7) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 root=/dev/sda8 ro vga=791 splash=silent single initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 The 3 distro's first, then some info, and last the Failsafe-single-user-modes. 64studio vga=0x31a if your monitor uses this resolution will remove the tux background. Because this is a PC I add (acpi=off pci=noacpi noapic) to the end of the kernel boot options, This helps with perfomance and interrupts. (IRQs). Google will help with this. (laptops can be different). Sorry about the confusion with "edit" I know everyone has a favourite editor so "edit" means use yours. gedit is fine, but their will be times when you have no GUI and you need to repair a file, so you need to know at least the basics of one of these. nano, vi, or my favourite, emacs, so you can work in a console. nano is 64studio's default and is not hard to use, Open a terminal: and type $ nano testfile type text into the file [ctrl] + [o] asks you to save file, [Enter]. saves file. [ctrl] + [x] closes nano. It's worth spending some time learning nano basics, you will need it. SimplyMEPIS will let you browse "all" your partitions from a livecd environment, Also it has GParted for your partition repairs etc., I have it installed for maintainance tasks, and as a general desktop. Have fun, dave.

partitions-mount

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Mon, 08/18/2008 - 15:47
Hi, You can set the inode size (128) during the opensuse install, or as you did use another partitioner and don't re-format when you install opensuse. I use this livecd as a rescue/partition cd. log in livecd root=root ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/mepis/released It's a gem. The Debian/64studio installer does give you the option to set mount points as it installs, but you can set them after. You will have to use your own partition details. These are examples. ? = your partitions # mkdir /media/data e.g. # edit /etc/fstab /dev/hda? /media/data ext3 defaults 0 2 or /dev/sda? /media/data ext3 defaults 0 2 This one will auto mount your fat partition, you may want to search for other fstab entries if you want something more secure. To find uid/gid settings $ id # mkdir /media/??? e.g. # edit /etc/fstab /dev/hda? /media/hda? vfat users,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0000 0 0 or /dev/sda? /media/sda? vfat users,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0000 0 0 See the links on this page for Debian Docs. http://www.64studio.com/manual Keep asking the questions it's no problem. 64studio is a great distro, I hope you enjoy using it. Cheers, dave

Finally got everything up

  • Harlequin501
  • 08/17/08
  • Tue, 08/19/2008 - 20:34
Finally got everything up and running! It turned out I didn't need to re-install openSUSE after all. Suse comes with a newer version of GRUB that can handle the 256 byte inode size so I followed instructions on how to install a new GRUB using the repair feature on the suse installer DVD then add the 64Studio entries manually to menu.lst. Here is the thread in the openSUSE forums in case other susers have the same problems as me! http://forums.opensuse.org/install-boot-login/393054-inode-size-grub-mounting-partitions.html I also got the suse partitions mounted in 64Studio. "edit /etc/fstab" gave an error but "gedit /etc/fstab" seemed to work. I'll check out SimplyMEPIS, it sounds like a good thing to have around in case of emergencies! Thank you for all your help!

inode size is 256

  • Harlequin501
  • 08/17/08
  • Mon, 08/18/2008 - 12:44
inode size is 256 right enough. This might be the reason why GRUB failed to install first time round as I partitioned with gparted which doesn't let you change inode size (at least I didn't see an option). Second time round I told 64Studio to format the partitions and GRUB installed fine. As for the updater, I think I was just using the wrong tool. I was using Desktop>Administration>Update Manager but after reading the online doc I realised I should have been using Synaptic Package Manager which worked just fine. Hopefully this is my last question :-) I can't access my openSUSE or Windows partitions from 64Studio. Should I have set mount points for these during installation? Is there any way to fix this without re-installing? Thanks for all your help!

Grub & Update

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 22:07
1)When you installed opensuse it looks like you formated the partition with the inode size left at default (256). Grub needs inode size (128). You have to change it as you install opensuse? It caught me out also. You can check from 64studio with: # tune2fs -l /dev/sda5 | grep -i 'inode size' OR # tune2fs -l /dev/hda5 | grep -i 'inode size' google: opensuse format inode 128 2) Not sure what you mean here?. Are you trying to update 64studio? Edit: # cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf-backup1 # cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst-backup Also copy them to USB or other media before you change anything. Cheers, dave

grub message

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 17:13
Hi, If you see the grub error message again, re-try grub install and let the install run to completion. I have seen this message, when asked if I wanted to continue anyway I chose "yes" [enter]. The install completed and rebooted to the desktop ok!. Is this a 64studio only install, or are you multi-booting? Good luck, dave

Success!

  • Harlequin501
  • 08/17/08
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 20:23
Success! Installation went ok second time round and although Debian didn't recognise my video card on first boot I managed to get it working with 'dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg'. And I can connect my monitor via DVI again! I have two new problems though: 1) I can't boot into my openSUSE partition anymore. I get the following error: Booting 'openSUSE 11.0-2.6.25.11-0.1 (on /dev/sda5)' root (hd0,4) Filesystem type is ext2fs, partitioining type 0x83 kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25.11-0.1-pae root=/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_ST3160023AS_5MT2RALL-part5 resume=/dev/sda7 splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a Error2: Bad file or directory type It says the filesystem type is ext2 but it's actually ext3. I can boot into Windows XP no problem. 2) Update Manager freezes when the progress bar gets all the way to the right. It's a rocky road but I'm getting there!

more info needed

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 13:09
Hi, Post back more info about your system/setup. It seems to be a refresh rate/monitor issue. I googled (below) and found some interesting info about Dell. google: debian 2: Digital Input Cannot Display This Video Mode e.g. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2001fp/EN/trouble.htm Did your install complete? Which disk image are you trying to install? Cheers! dave

Thanks for such a quick reply!

  • Harlequin501
  • 08/17/08
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 16:34
Yes, it's a Dell 1704FPT monitor and the problem happened with both the amd64 and i386 images. After some searching on the Dell support forums I found other people had got around similar problems using VGA instead of DVI. So I did the same and that seemed to do the trick! Installation went fine up until writing the GRUB menu when I got this error: Unable to install GRUB in (hd0) Executing 'grub-install (hd0)' failed I see someone else on this forum had the same problem and solved it by downloading 64Studio again so I'll try doing the same (though I did check the md5sum and verified the burn). Hopefully after I've got 64Studio installed I'll be able to switch back to DVI. I'll let you know how I get on!