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Old 04-09-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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(SOLVED) Starting X displays lots of colored vertical pinstripes


Hello,

I've just installed Slackware 10 and I'm having a weird problem and I don't have any idea what is causing it.

Whenever I try to start x, no matter what window manager I choose, The screen flips out of command line mode and to a screen with lots of vertical, colored, solid pinstripes in a repeating pattern. (It's really hard to look at)
The only way to get out of this is to Ctrl-Alt-F1 back to command line and the Ctrl-C the X server/display/whatever.

I've never experienced this probelm or anything like it before and I have no idea what this means.

What is this and how can I fix it?

System:
256MB RAM
933MHz Pentium 3
Intel Integrated GFX (4 MB I think)

Last edited by TheMusicGuy; 04-11-2005 at 12:00 PM.
 
Old 04-09-2005, 05:11 PM   #2
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i have, distortions in the display like that usually mean you have bad sync rates set up, go back and fix those rates, to comply with your monitor.
 
Old 04-09-2005, 05:40 PM   #3
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No, it's not distortions; it just shows that repeating pattern of red,cyan,yellow and some other colors and nothing else; not even a cursor. It doesn't seem to be out of sync. It's not like static or a flickering pattern; it's just a bunch of solid lines, and nothing I do seems to affect them.

Something I've noticed: If I start X via xdm, I can (apparently) change the screen mode by pressing Ctrl-C
Also, according to the monitor's OSD, it's running in 640x480 and 85 Vrefresh.

Besides, last time I tried to mess with the sync settings I made it even worse and I couldn't fix it...

Here's an example:
http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/rbf/HIPR2/images/stp2.gif
It's almost exactly like that except that it's in color.

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Old 04-09-2005, 07:29 PM   #4
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Post the output of the following commands:

Code:
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
Code:
cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep WW
 
Old 04-09-2005, 11:07 PM   #5
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With Xdm having been running in the background all day,

grep EE says:
Quote:
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
WW says:
Quote:
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(WW) `fonts.dir' not found (or not valid) in "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/".
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) VESA(0): config file vrefresh range 40-90Hz not within DDC vrefresh ranges.
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such device)
Would it make a difference if I rebooted the system and started X the normal way (eg. startx)?
 
Old 04-09-2005, 11:58 PM   #6
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Is that last log taken from after you had the problems. Every boot of X wipes the log clean and restarts the log file so you have to take it right after without starting up a new X.

The only thing I see is that in your xorg.conf file you have the vrefresh range set to something you monitor can't handle.

(WW) VESA(0): config file vrefresh range 40-90Hz not within DDC vrefresh ranges.
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:22 AM   #7
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How can that be? I've just installed Slack and haven't done anything besides adding my zip drive to fstab.
And it really doesn't look like a refresh problem on the screen, but I'll take your word for it. (And also I'm pretty sure that 40-90 is within the monitors range)
So...how do I fix the rate and how do I know what rate to use?
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:39 AM   #8
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Slack doesn't automatically configure X for you. What you've got is an utterly generic xorg.conf file which will work at a low resolution for *most* hardware out there. Yours, unfortunately, is one of those machines that just doesn't work quite right with that common denominator.

I suggest you run xorgcfg or xorgconfig as root.
You might have to specify the full path --
Code:
mike@gobot:/share$ which xorgcfg
/usr/X11R6/bin/xorgcfg
mike@gobot:/share$ which xorgconfig
/usr/X11R6/bin/xorgconfig
xorgcfg will try and write a working config automatically, while xorgconfig is a command-line question answer session that should get you a working config. From there, you can hand tweak to your liking.

--Shade

PS- Happy Slacking
 
Old 04-10-2005, 01:37 PM   #9
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Shade:
Didn't work.
I filled in the questions of xorgconfig to the best of my knowledge, it saved to /usr/.../etc directory (even though I thought I told it to use /etc/X11) and copied xorg.conf to /etc/X11 (because that's where X seemed to be looking for it and payed no attention to the new conf in the other dir).
Now it just says that it either couldn't find a usable screen, or it couldn't find a screen at all.

Also, xorgcfg does nothing at all. It just trys to start X and fails.
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:38 PM   #10
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Well, I made a little bit of progress...
Now I can run X in 320x2?0 in 8-bit mode, but trying to set the depth any higher causes a "Dpeth not supported by current driver" error, and I don't even know why it's usung such a low resolution; the lowest in the list is 640x480!

How can I get a list of usable drivers, and how do I switch to one?

Edit: Nevermind, I figured out the problem. (Both of them, actually.)
As it turns out, there was a driver for my Intel 82810e gfx chip the whole time but I didn't recognize it because it was listed as 'i810e'.
Switched to that one, now I can run 8, 16 and 24-bit...but not 32-bit. Hmm...Well, that's probobly because of the gfx card.
Also, the problem with not being able to go above 800x600@56 was because I didn't know the sync ranges for my monitor. Fortunately, the monitor one of the few things I still have the manual for and was able to look it up. As soon as I put those values in there I suddenly gots BOATLOADS of resolutions.

So, Thank you everybody for your help, you were right even though I thought it was something else.

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