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Fedora 12 Beta Install - BLACK Screen Fix

posted Oct 23, 2009, 7:28 PM by Tom Gutwin   [ updated Nov 7, 2009, 6:54 PM ]
I am having trouble installing the latest Fedora 12 Beta from the Fedora-12-Beta-i386-DVD.iso.

During the boot process my screen eventually goes black and goes OFF (ACPI).
It all has to do with the nouveau video driver for nvidia cards. 
I have an ASUS PCIx vid card based on a GeForce 9600 GT chipset.

The system I want to put F12 on already is running F11 but is using the NVIDIA binary driver.
I am having 'issues' having the F12 Beta Install DVD boot.  Grrrrr.

I ended up putting the DVD iso onto a USB key following the instructions at
I added boot parameters to enable the install with VNC  so I could eventually build and install the NVIDIA driver.

I will let you know how it goes.

I gave up.  (I will try again when F12 is released.

I did try to find others with the same problem...
see  https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=520346

It seems there is a work around, but I bailed and installed Ubuntu 9.10.
Their boot process was pretty much failsafe, with multiple levels of video driver checks to finally get one that was working.

After the install I grabed the NVIDIA 190.32 driver compiled, installed and restarted.
It all went without problems
  • dowload the driver -  see the NVNEWS site for the latest info or get the lates version 190.42 directly
  • telinit 1
  • run the installer
  • restart
Works good.  see the attachment for my xorg.conf.

Tom Gutwin,
Nov 7, 2009, 6:55 PM