Monday, June 23, 2008

Out Of Range

Saturday seemed like a good day to ugrade my computer to the new version of Ubuntu linux. Its been out for almost 2 months so I felt like there would be no major issues. The installation went fine. Looked good everything seemed to work. I did the updates to get it all freshened up. After reboot, nothing............ No screen, no options, nothing. Just three words to stare at. "OUT OF RANGE" I had noticed the ATI driver update and the kernel update but I felt sure they were together so one would not kill the other. Wrong.
The ATI driver issue is something that every Linux user is aware of. We have all been told about how ATI/AMD is improving things by opening the driver source. I've had it. Iwent out to go find the cheapest Nvidia card I could buy locally. I was home in less than an hour with nothing. Expensive or to new to work. I went on New Egg and have one coming on Tuesday for 30 bucks.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I installed Fedora 9. No trouble installing but after updates I had the same "OUT OF RANGE" experience. This time I looked into the problem some. I logged in to just a command line and edited the Xorg file to use the plain VESA driver. After reboot everything was perfect again. I spent some time on the Fedora forum and it looks like the Nvidia driver trouble is also bad. I will have to make a decision whether to change the video card or not.
I hope that eventually the video driver issue will be worked out. I believe in the open source idea and enjoy using Linux and gnome. It will never be possible to ask people to use a product where doing the updates leaves them with no graphical screen at all.
I may have more on this at another time. I am a little worn out with it now and I will be asking around about the changing the video card thing before I start.

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