Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:30:12 pm
Hi am new to forums and am telling you that i Love Zorin OS. I don't know why I didn't search for it sooner but this distro is the greatest when i saw a video on linux distros and saw this one and i thought wow this OS looks so cool that i went and download it and am happy!!
Anyways, on topic i just want to report on something its a really weird installation especially on my computer when i first install Zorin and didn't work. when i first downloaded and burn it to a DVD. i boot up my computer and it tells me the zorin menu. You know installing directly, boot to live mode etc.. so when i went to boot to live mode as soon as i hit enter it was showing a gray screen with a blinking cursor. I thought "hey lets give it a couple of minutes maybe its taking its time on the recognizing the hardware" and so on. After i came back to the computer after 10 minutes it was still in that gray screen with the blinking cursor. (Mind that i ran out a blank DVD's) i thought it was a bad download or bad DVD so i went again and downloaded another fresh copy and well this time i made it into a PENDRIVE. making it boot from a USB stick. but nope still it didn't work at all! Damn it But not so fast, (mind you that am still a noob at linux) so i started heavily searching around google trying to figure out why was it hanging at the grey screen with the blinking cursor but, then i figured what about if use nomodeset.
Here is the wierd part!
So after a million tries to get it working i figured well lets try this and see if this works so on the zorin menu on the bottom screen i saw the message something about pressing tab for more options. but when i look I choose the options for that specific selected action in the menu. so i selected "Install Directly" and press tab. so then i typed in "no nomodeset" and when i press enter i saw that it went through meaning it actually started the installation. i was like wow is this correct or am i doing the right thing here because this is weird or am just an idiot! so then the installation went through. I figured Yay! it worked when i login into the system i saw that the display was flickering a lot so damn what now! so i went to the additional drivers searching for my video card and selected the second driver for nvidia. and finally i restarted my PC and all i can say its amazing experience the problem was instantly solved.
My theory is that maybe the video card was causing the issue. But since i don't know much about how linux operates on hardware i didn't know if it was something on my computer or it was one of the hardware devices as it turned out it was the video card but like i said am still a noob.
So my question is? is this correct? did i do the right thing? i know the installation was a success and everything is working fine and dandy, but still want to know if this was the correct procedure to do? can some one shine the light on this because wow!! and by the way this is to help if someone has similar problems on it too. maybe this is the solution if people were getting the grey screen with the blinking cursor. and BTW, The Computer Specs:
Dell Vostro 260MT
Nvidia GTX 550 Ti Fermi
Intel Core I3 2120 3.3GHz
And thank you guys for reading this long freaking post!!