Thursday, June 07, 2012

Installing Mandriva 2011 on a laptop with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 (in my case Sony Vaio VGN-FW46M)

If you happen to have an ATI Mobility card and/or a SONY VAIO and wonder why you get get green stripes when you try to run the Mandriva 2011 live CD or Installation routine, then you are not alone.

Unfortunately Googling doesn't help much as there is not much information regarding this, even if you do search after many different things. Just by poor accident and by being on my wits' end, I stumbled over the "Dodgy Vga" post in the Mandriva Users Booard

Simpy hit "tab" key at the start menu of the CD and add a "nomodeset" at the end of the atttributes line.

When you installed the system successfully you would run into the same issue. To avoid this, add the same "nomodeset" command in the extended settings of the GRUB boot manager (final step of installation!).

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AJH said...

One of these days I need to try to install Mandriva again. I've got a 2008-era MacBook sitting around looking for a reason to exist... and this just might be it!


Nafcom said...

@AJH: You certainly should! :)