Monitor sync rate troubles is perhaps the worst problem with X windows under Linux!
Can you get to a console (text only) display by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 ? I will try this with the Live CD to see if
they have psuedo-ttys (pttys) running. If it works, then it's possible to recover the monitor settings to make
X windows work again. The basic steps are:
Get to a text only display (with CTRL+ALT+F1/F2/F3...)
As the root user, execute the command "telinit 2"
Edit the X config file, fixing monitor settings
Test new settings
Debian, and a lot of other Linux distros, have the concept of a "runlevel". Level 1 is single user, level 2 is
multi-user with networking started, level 3 is level 2 but with network filesystems (shared files) active, and level
5 is level 3 with the X windows started. You can set the runlevel from the boot manager (LILO) or use the telinit
If X windows can't talk to the video hardware, it will make several attempts to function and then drop into text mode.
If X can start OK, but the sync settings are wrong for you monitor, then the monitor will blank. This is most common on
LCD monitors, you might see a "Signal out of Range" type message, then blank. If you are using an LCD monitor, try using
a (modern) CRT monitor before you wipe and re-install Linspire. A re-install should be your last resort!
Thanks for the offer of Linspire, but Linspire doesn't excite me. It's OK, but I like Knoppix a lot better. I've got
Fedora Core on several machines, including the 64bit AMD machine. No single distro is perfect.
sod ( "The lunatics are on the grass..." )