Dos screen

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maxrubino
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Hi,
I think I did the right step. I create a USB so it boots from it. Then I get a screen in dos and I donno how to proceed then (see attachment).
Any help?
Thank you

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lammi87

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Hi,

Is this your first time with Trisquel or any other GNU/Linux operating system? Its not DOS by the way. It seems your computer has booted into "command-line mode" instead of a normal boot to graphical user interface due to hardware incompatibilities.

I have met this screen a few times when I was testing computers for h-node (www.h-node.org). Its a database for free software compatible hardware. Usually this means that your computer's video card is not compatible with free software and thus incapable of working properly or at all. You can try to search for you computer from h-node and see if it is mentioned there. If not, I suggest you try to report it there. It would help other people to avoid that particular model.

Have you tried to use your USB key to boot any other computer to see if you can get any other results? Most likely your computer is just not compatible and there is nothing you can do except getting a new video card or trying with another computer but there is a slight chance that your USB installation went wrong somewhere. Its not likely though.

EDIT: Didn't notice you have a laptop, so getting a new video card is really not an option.

maxrubino
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Hi, thanks for the prompt answer.
I am trying to start a Linux OS but I fail several times:
Ubuntu 12 too slow;
Ubuntu 11 not install;
Bodhi give me a black screen and I have to reboot 2 times so it is not nice to reboot 2 times every times;
Zorin cannot install
Now I am trying with Trisquel mini.
I think the video card is compatible as I can use Bodhi after 2 reebot and also Ubuntu but too slow.
The model is a notebook Benq Jobook lite U121Eco. No DVD!
I did not try on other computers.
I appriciate any suggestion.
By the way, while loading Trisquel I can see the name with the four points under the name like it is going to start normally and then I get that screen.
Thank you, bye.

lammi87

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Ok, so you are a new user. Welcome to using GNU/Linux operating systems! Have you noted that Trisquel GNU/Linux is free software friendly and rejects non-free software?

We love freedom and therefore we use only free distros. Its the most important thing for our community.

I think there is not much to do with your laptop unfortunately, but you can try other computers if you have any. You can also try finding a fully compatible one from h-node or buying one from Think Penguin.

PS The four dots you see when Trisquel is loading are nothing out of ordinary.

Mampir
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DOS is a general name for a type of operating systems. This command line interface is not DOS, it's called Bash.

Linux isn't an operating system. Ubuntu, Trisquel and others are versions of the GNU operating systems.

Try writing this in the command line (bash) and press enter:

sudo service gdm start

If it doesn't work, try:

startx
maxrubino
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Hi, thank you but no way.
Thia is the screen (see attachment).
I also try the advice of the below friend but no way.
More indication?
Thank you

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Magic Banana

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I do not think I was clear: the update to the newest kernel must be done from an installed system, i.e., you must first install Trisquel from the command line interface. After rebooting (without the Live USB), you would obtain again a command line interface from where to update to the latest Linux-libre kernel: https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/update-linux-libre-kernel

One more update and it is probable you have a graphical system.

Magic Banana

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Your notebook has a PowerVR graphical chip... a terrible choice. It looks like Alan Cox has developed a basic support (2D but not 3D acceleration for instance) for it. You should try to update to the latest Linux-libre kernel: https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/update-linux-libre-kernel

maxrubino
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Hi, how are you?
I could not install it and get the graphic and i gave up.
Now I am using Trisquel in another computer and I can use it. I am still using from the USB. I get limited resolution, how can I improve the screen resolution?
Thank you, bye.

Magic Banana

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There is, somewhere in the "System Settings", an icon related to configuring the display. The utility should list the possible resolutions given you screen and your graphical card (which is?).

lembas
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In that case you need to make a xorg.conf file. What kind of graphics card do you have there?

You can use this command to find out: (it's case sensitive)

lspci -nn|grep VGA