I finally got the desktop to start up correctly.
The x.org bugzilla pointed our by Kae had a few suggestions,
the first thing I tried was to start in run level 3 this gave me a
clear terminal with no corruption pointing to the Trident video
driver as the fault so in xorg.conf I change the Trident driver to
the VESA driver and desktop came up ok.
The last problem was, having restarted so often the post install
sequence was never finished so I was going to reset the FIRSTBOOT
variable to yes (/etc/sysconfig/firstboot) but I put disk1 in and
rebooted and at the start screen rebooted this for sum reason
caused it to resume the post install setup and seemed to finish
everything OK. (why I did the above I have no idea).
It would appear that the trident drivers are broken.
On Mon, 2005-06-20 at 14:31 +0100, Philip Creevy wrote:
> I just installed Fedora core 4 on a VIA mini-itx system and the
> desktop is not running. It get as far as displaying a blue screen
> and an hour glass for about 1 second then it goes white and then
> nothing else happens.
> I can switch to a terminal but the display is garbage, but it I blind
> type in root and password I get a clear screen from which I was able
> to look at the log files.
> I can not find any error's in Xorg.0.log or dmesg.
> xorg.conf look ok.
> Any ideas as to where I can go from here.
>> here is dmesg, I can supply Xorg.0.log but it is fairly long
> Philip Creevy
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