Let me start off by saying that I'm a complete Linux noob. I've played around the GUI and the command line, but I've done nothing of the sort that I can do on Windows.

I'm handling a client that makes use of Linux, Apache, Pear, and PHP, along with Oracle 10g. Due to complications, I'd like to recreate their setup - any errors I might encounter along the way are to be documented, and solved. That way, I can learn the ins and outs.

However, I did not expect that merely installing and running Linux would be such a pain already. I'm using Fedora, the latest available version, x86_64. After downloading the ISO, burning it to a DVD, and booting up from it, I was greeted by the 'Live System'. After picking out whatever is the easiest from a variety of options, I was finally allowed to install it to the hard drive.

A few minutes later, it says it is done, and it will use the HDD-installed OS from then on. Seeing no option or command to reboot on that blank Fedora screen, I just flicked the reset switch on my PC.

When it came back on, first, it showed me a boot screen with two options:

  • Fedora, with Linux 3.9.5-301.fc19.x86_64
  • Fedora, with Linux 0-rescue-7725dfc225d14958a625ddaaaea5962b

I chose the first one, as I have no idea what the second one is. It greeted me to a log in screen. Upon entering my password, it shows a black screen, with the following error:

Error: EDID Checksum is invalid, remainder is 128

There are some numbers and text underneath, and I'm not sure if there's anything at the top - for some reason, that entire error, including the cursor, only occupies the top left of my screen.

And it just stops there.

I have no idea how to deal with this. Can anyone help?

I'm using the following:

  • Fedora Live Desktop x86-64 Release 19
  • Intel Celeron, 2.66Ghz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Asrock 775i65g
  • No dedicated graphics card


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    The error message has to do with the acceptable resolution information your monitor sends to your video card. It may or may not be related to the problem. You can probably access a command-line interface by pressing <ctrl>-<alt>-<F2> (it may take a few seconds to respond). From there you can log in and run dmesg or look in /var/log/Xorg.0.log to see if there are any interesting errors. – drs Oct 2 '13 at 13:13
  • Thank you. CTRL+ALT+F2 did bring up the command line, and I was able to log in. I didn't see any errors in '/var/log/Xorg.0.log/' via 'less', but I didn't know what to look for. I did see something about video, and resolution and drivers and stuff. 'dmesg' did turn up a lot of EDID Checksum is invalid errors. – zack_falcon Oct 3 '13 at 1:47
  • I should add that I'm using the motherboard's dedicated VGA. Also updated some information in the question that might be useful, regarding boot options. – zack_falcon Oct 3 '13 at 2:00
  • If you have another monitor, try booting with that to see if that is the problem. Also, check that you have the intel graphics driver: post the output of rpm -qa | grep intel. Really, here I'm just stabbing in the dark; maybe post the full log messages to pastebin so we can have a more detailed look. – drs Oct 3 '13 at 12:37
  • I replaced the monitor; same thing. Also, my apologies on the lack of information - I'm truly clueless when it comes to Linux CLI. Anyway, the result of 'rpm -qa | grep intel' is 'xorg-x11-drv-intel-2.21.8-1.fc19.x86_64'. As for pastebin, how do I do that without a GUI? Again, thanks. – zack_falcon Oct 4 '13 at 8:43

Based on comment and your description, you may not have completed the installation fully. When Fedora 19 is done being installed, the installer (anaconda) shows a Reboot button:

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Perhaps try re-installing Fedora from the DVD. You can follow the Quick Installation Guide to make sure things are proceeding normally.

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  • Well, at least that got me to log in, though the only thing I'm getting is a grey screen with the Fedora logo on the bottom. Another question for another time. Thanks. – zack_falcon Oct 7 '13 at 7:10

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