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Old 05-14-2004, 06:04 PM   #1
camp freddie
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why is x taking so long to get desktop up


Greetings all:

Newbie in serious doodoo! Have installed sarge on Athlon 1.7 (linux format magazine dvd); nvidia geforce 3 ti 64 mb, Flatron 915FT Plus and creative soundblaster - 5 speaker.
The trouble is it takes x an age (ahem 5 mins) to bring up the desktop.

What do I dooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

sincerely

freddie
 
Old 05-14-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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Shouldn't take that long, especially since you've got a very fast computer. Even a LiveCD probably loads faster in your machine.

You could try to troubleshoot the startup procedure and to pinpoint the problem by opening a terminal and running "dmesg | more" command. This will show the messages displayed in the console during the system bootup. Try to find any error messages.
 
Old 05-14-2004, 10:22 PM   #3
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You can also check out the xfree log that is in /var.

Another thing is to try to isolate just what component is slowing the thing down. For example, is it slow getting to an xdm/gdm/kdm login prompt? (mine currently is, but that is another question), or is it slow just starting an x-server: try typing an "X" at text mode startup (typically run level 2) and see how slow that part is (Ctrl-Alt-Bksp gets out of it btw) and see how long the X server alone takes to start up, try a different window manager, etc.

One last thing, are you sure you have a functioning swap file/partition? (enter "swapon -s" to check this).

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Old 05-15-2004, 05:23 AM   #4
camp freddie
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Howya lads,

Thanks for your speedy replies.
(a) dmesg didn't show up errors.
(b) XFree86.0.log errors:
two (WW) messages about cyrillic and CID fonts not existing.
(WW) Syatem lacks support for changing MTRRs
(EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/dev/input/mice No such device
(EE) Generic mouse: cannot open input device
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "generic Mouse"
10 x Warning about font renderers already registered.

More Info:
When I log in x, the kde 3.1 startup screen appears and the flashing spanner -"initialising system services" for approx 20 seconds and then nothing but a blank grey screen for three to four minutes and then the desktop appears.
My mouse appears to function throughout all stages of the process. I tried choosing a gnome session but that didn't return a desktop at all; even after 20 mins.

Muchos grassyarse - Fred!
 
Old 05-15-2004, 05:32 AM   #5
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PS More Info:

When I get the kde desktop up; it takes three to four minutes to open my /home icon. Clicking on the "Start Here" icon just erturns an error pop-up "Malformed URL". Does this mean anything??????
 
Old 05-15-2004, 07:58 AM   #6
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I've heard that incorrect font settings may sometimes produce the kind of behaviour you're describing, so that's certainly one possible cause for your troubles. Haven't had any font problems myself so I don't know exactly how to troubleshoot them. Here's couple of suggestions, though.

You might try commands like "dpkg-reconfigure libpango1.0-common" and "dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig". Also, if you've got msttcorefonts installed, run "dpkg-reconfigure x-ttcidfont-conf".

And while you're at it, you can also run "dpkg-reconfigure xfree86-common" and make sure the nice value is suitable for your kernel version. For the 2.4 kernels Xserver should be niced to -10 but the 2.6 kernels work better with xserver niced to 0.
 
  


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