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Old 09-13-2003, 12:27 AM   #1
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Exclamation X Windows Error


First off, I apologize if this message is formatted wrong or
generally pretty messy.

Here's my problem, XWindows cannot find the fixed font,
XFS says it's started, (service xfs status). Linux will boot
in runlevel 3, but XWindows won't start.

If you need any more info I will try my best to provide it,
but I may not be able to as I'm having a bit of trouble
figuring out how to use lynx. So if you need more info,
it would be nice if you could post detailed instructions.

Thanks,
-{ A S P }-
 
Old 09-13-2003, 05:49 AM   #2
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did you try 'startx'??what is the error it is showing??also,what are the errore in /var/log/XFree.0.log??try reconfiguring X with 'xf86config'.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 06:38 AM   #3
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"Linux will boot in runlevel 3, but XWindows won't start."

XWindows shouldn't start in runlevel 3. Not unless you type <<startx>>. Runlevel 3 isn't intended to use XWindows unless you start X yourself; runlevel 5 is.

RUNLEVEL WHAT IT DOES
***************************
0 - Perform an orderly shutdown of all processes and halt the CPU.
1 - Single user mode; used primarily for maintenance and troubleshooting.
2 - Multi-user mode without networking.
3 - Multi-user mode with networking.
4 - User defined.
5 - Multi-user mode with networking AND X DISPLAY MANAGER.
6 - Perform an orderly shutdown and subsuquent reboot to default runlevel.

If your computer is booting in runlevel 3, but you want it to boot into graphical mode, you can change things so that your computer boots into runlevel 5 by changing id:3:initdefault: to id:5:initdefault: in /etc/inittab, I believe. You can just use any old text editor; you don't need anything special to mess with that.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 10:01 AM   #4
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OK, sorry you misunderstood that, I should have said...
XWindows will not start in runlevel 5, but I can start linux in runlevel 3.

OK, the error when typing xstart is:
no screens found

When I look in the log file, it says it cannot 'open/locate' configuration files.

Obviously something has changed, as it used to complain that it could not find the fixed font in any of the font paths.


"Another fine mess you have gotten us into, Mr. Watson."
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:17 AM   #5
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I have had a similar problem to that before, but the only way there is any chance of anyone being able to help you is if you post your /var/log/XFree.0.log file here. "no screens found" could be a number of problems, but we can only help you if we can see your entire XFree.0.log file, as arunshivanandan mentioned previously, and even then I make no guarantees, as XFree86 is still pretty confusing to me. I'll do my best to help you though, if you post your log file.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 11:05 AM   #6
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Quote:
no screens found
Is your screen configured correctly ?
Take a look at the monitor section in /etc/X11/XF86Config (the X configuration file).
 
Old 09-13-2003, 08:21 PM   #7
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Well, there is no /etc/X11/XF86Config, which would make sense as like I said, the log file said 'could not open/locate configuration file'.

Any ideas how to regenerate this config file?
 
Old 09-13-2003, 11:10 PM   #8
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Exclamation Don't shoot me here

I use Mandrake so I may be wrong. Here is the command I found for Redhat's config.
redhat-config-xfree86

I can't be much more help than that. Sorry.

Hope that helps.

 
Old 09-14-2003, 04:33 AM   #9
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you can use 'xf86config' utility to reconfigure the X config file.(/etc/X11/XF86Config)
 
Old 09-14-2003, 10:12 PM   #10
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Thanks

After I tried that, I found many other things were um... majorly screwed up. This is odd as I didn't even touch the thing. Anyway, the thing was so screwed up I had to reinstall anyway. Thanks for the help, now I know for next time. Sorry for sort of wasting your time.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 11:59 PM   #11
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Post Not a waste of time

We were hoping to get you going without the reinstall. I have done that before though. Sometimes it is faster to reinstall than to fix what is wrong.

Glad to be of help.


 
Old 09-15-2003, 12:06 AM   #12
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Ofcourse,for the first few problems,you can prefer a reinstall,but that need not solve the problem allways.And after a few reinstalls,you will prefer to 'correct it from with in' than to go for a reinstall.
'A Reinstall Will Solve your problem' is the most prefered M$ troubleshooting idea,right??
 
Old 09-15-2003, 12:15 AM   #13
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Yep, point taken

But, when you install something and don't configure properly, it is easier to start over. Sounds bad but hey, for a newbie, it works.

I still hate Micro$ucks though. My rig has never seen it and unless I die, never will. Hey, Bill Gates

That was fun.

 
  


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