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fedora with messed up graphics

asked 2013-09-22 13:24:03 -0500

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updated 2013-09-24 07:00:09 -0500

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Hi everyone, i'm fairly new to this and don't have a clue about what to do. My group partner has the exact same problem and she tried reinstalling fedora a couple of times but that didn't solve it.

I can barely see a thing, all it shows is completely distorted text and icons made of static.

Does anyone know what might be causing this?

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There is a lot of information needed to even speculate on what the problem is here.

What is the hardware - particularly, graphics card? What version of Fedora? GNOME or KDE or ...?

please edit your question to add this information.

nonamedotc gravatar imagenonamedotc ( 2013-09-22 17:14:04 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-18 14:29:19 -0500

If you have a recent AMD graphics card, like I do, you might need the proprietary Catalyst driver from AMD to properly render 3D graphics in the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

My workaround until I figured this out was to install and use Xfce (you can also opt for KDE). That only requires 2D graphics and works in cases where GNOME 3 won't.

Even with the messed-up graphics, you should be able to type alt-F2 to get a virtual terminal and install Xfce.

According to the Fedora Xfce spin's Wiki, you do that with:

yum install @xfce

Then you should be able to select Xfce as your desktop environment before you log in. You can then do what you need to do to add the Catalyst driver from RPM Fusion, if that's what you want to try or do, and then return to GNOME 3 if you wish.

In my case, I stayed with Xfce for quite a while and eventually started using the Catalyst driver so I could dip into GNOME 3 when I wished.

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