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Old 02-02-2006, 05:23 AM   #1
richlawson
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X - Grey screen?


Hi,

Having a problem getting X to run. When I run X I just get a grey screen with X cursor. X did run fine after initial install but hasn't since as I SSH to the box i haven't realy been to bothered but i'd like to get it sorted.

I'm running Fedora core 4 with a Matrox Mystique 8Mb PCI card. I've had a look at my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file which looks OK to me:

Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "mga"
        VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
        BoardName   "Matrox Mystique"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Videocard0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth     16
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     16
                Modes    "800x600" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
Also been through /var/log/Xorg.0.log and can't see any errors there either?

One thing I have come accross though is an error if I try to run X-Configuration from running the "setup" application. The error I get is:

Window manager warning: Failed to read theme from file /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml: Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory
Window manager warning: Failed to load theme "Clearlooks": Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory

Not sure if there related or not. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 05:38 AM   #2
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That's all X11 is supposed to give you. Its job is to create a graphical environment, and nothing else.

If you want more, then you need to run a Window Manager or desktop environment on top of X11.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 07:34 AM   #3
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I'm running 'GDM' for Window manager is this right? And it's running

Code:
# ps -ef | grep gdm
root      1999  1814  0 06:36 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/gdm-binary -nodaemon
root      2024  1999  0 06:36 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/gdm-binary -nodaemon
root      2035  2024  0 06:36 ?        00:00:02 /usr/X11R6/bin/X :0 -audit 0 -auth /var/gdm/:0.Xauth -nolisten tcp vt7
gdm       2062  2024  0 06:36 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/gdmgreeter
root     11348 11246  0 12:28 pts/2    00:00:00 grep gdm
it loads on boot. Tried gdm-restart but problem remains.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 07:59 AM   #4
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GDM isn't a window manager, it's the Gnome graphical-login application.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 02:42 PM   #5
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Quote:
Window manager warning: Failed to read theme from file /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml: Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory
Window manager warning: Failed to load theme "Clearlooks": Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory
As oneandoneis2 said, you need a window manager. It looks like you should try to reinstall the Metacity window manager. It looks like it could have been corrupted.
 
  


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