Thinkpad A22p/Improper Video on Install

Rick Stevens ricks at
Tue Jul 27 16:52:28 UTC 2010

On 07/27/2010 07:54 AM, James Mckenzie wrote:
> "Robert G. (Doc) Savage"<dsavage at>  wrote:
>> Sent: Jul 27, 2010 6:23 AM
>> To: Community support for Fedora users<users at>
>> Subject: Re: Thinkpad A22p/Improper Video on Install
>> On Mon, 2010-07-26 at 20:21 -0700, James McKenzie wrote:
>>> I'm trying to install FC8 on my old, creaky Thinkpad A22p (ATI Rage
>>> Mobility Rage 3) and the video from the graphical installer is not
>>> correct.  I get about 1/3 of the orginal screen, then 1/3 of the third
>>> 1/3 of  screen followed by that 1/3 again.
>>> If I use the text installer, X will not start when running the first
>>> time after installing.
>>> TTIA.
>>> James McKenzie
>>> (And a big thank you to the wiki documentation team.  I read through and
>>> used the archives to see if this had been answered before posting!)
>> James,
>> My A22p has the same problem. I have had to use the basic (VESA) video
>> driver whenever installing Fedora. A couple of weeks ago I finally found
>> the 'gtf' utility which computed the required modeline. I wrote a custom
>> xorg.conf file for Fedora 13. If Fedora 8 uses xorg (I don't remember),
>> it should work for you.
> STOOPID question time from a long time Linux/UNIX sysadmin:
> How do I select the VESA video driver at the wonderful install screen?
> I don't readily see the ability to do this.  Maybe I'm missing something.
> If it's in the docs, give me a section, I can read it myself and is a 'best left as an exercise for the student' :)

It's in the installation docs, but essentially add the following to the
boot command line:


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