LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 01-22-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Rep: Reputation: 19
Arch linux X problem


I recently installed arch linux on my machine. I also installed gnome according to the arch wiki guide. When I type startx I get a black screen with 2 white lines on he top. They are not very big lines, and the system is hung. Can anyone tell me what to do? If you need more info just ask
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
syg00
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Lots ...
Posts: 15,181

Rep: Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953
Did you install X first ?. On Arch, last I looked, this isn't pulled in as a dependancy with the DE. Have a look for an Xorg entry in the wiki.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:13 PM   #3
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by syg00 View Post
Did you install X first ?. On Arch, last I looked, this isn't pulled in as a dependancy with the DE. Have a look for an Xorg entry in the wiki.
yeah I installed it first
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
syg00
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Lots ...
Posts: 15,181

Rep: Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953Reputation: 1953
Nothing (of interest) in Xorg.0.log ?.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:27 PM   #5
~sHyLoCk~
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 1,173
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 129Reputation: 129
What DE/WM did you install?
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
I didn't see anythng out of the ordinary in there. When I tried startx before, I sucessfully started the basic x thing. (whatever it's called). If I tried gnome-session, I got something like gnome-session:1674 unable to open display.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #7
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ View Post
What DE/WM did you install?
I nstalled gnome. I added exec gnome-session to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc as well
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:39 PM   #8
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Did you install mouse and keyboard drivers (or evdev)?

What video drivers are installed? What video driver is specified in /etc/X11/xorg.conf?

Here are some commands run on my system---run the same thing to see what you have

Code:
[root@Ath mherring]# pacman -Q|grep xf86-input
xf86-input-evdev 2.2.5-1
[root@Ath mherring]# pacman -Q|grep radeon
[root@Ath mherring]# pacman -Q|grep xf86-video
xf86-video-ati 6.12.4-1
xf86-video-vesa 2.2.0-1
[root@Ath mherring]#
My xorg.conf is set to use the "radeon" driver, which apparently is part of the xf86-ati-video package.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:41 PM   #9
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Hint:

I always start off with a new Arch system by installing XFCE. If will start directly, without worrying about a login manager---sometimes it make troubleshooting easier.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 08:49 PM   #10
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
I have the same output as you, except I have the synaptics input as well, for a laptop. Where should I put radeon in xorg.conf. When I changed vesa to radeon,it said it couldnt find a moniter
 
Old 01-22-2010, 09:01 PM   #11
~sHyLoCk~
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 1,173
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 129Reputation: 129
Quote:
Originally Posted by itsbrad212 View Post
I nstalled gnome. I added exec gnome-session to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc as well
Try to launch gdm and see if it works from there.
 
Old 01-22-2010, 09:08 PM   #12
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ View Post
Try to launch gdm and see if it works from there.
I got the same screen I got before
 
Old 01-22-2010, 09:28 PM   #13
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Quote:
Originally Posted by itsbrad212 View Post
I have the same output as you, except I have the synaptics input as well, for a laptop. Where should I put radeon in xorg.conf. When I changed vesa to radeon,it said it couldnt find a moniter
Stick with vesa until you get things running...

Anyhow, here is a piece out of my xorg.conf:
Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "radeon"
        VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"
        BoardName   "Radeon RV200 QW [Radeon 7500]"
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection
 
Old 01-22-2010, 09:33 PM   #14
lupusarcanus
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: USA
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 1,022
Blog Entries: 19

Rep: Reputation: 146Reputation: 146
Question: Have you started HAL in rc.conf?

Question: Is only ONE exec DE/WM in xinitrc?

Post some info!!

Of key importance:

Xorg.0.log (after failed session) [please just 10 or so lines]

Xorg.conf

dmesg|tail (after failed session)

lspci

modprobe -l|grep vga

That can help in diagnosis of the problem!
 
Old 01-22-2010, 09:38 PM   #15
itsbrad212
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Distribution: Arch and OpenBSD
Posts: 104

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by leopard View Post
Question: Have you started HAL in rc.conf?

Question: Is only ONE exec DE/WM in xinitrc?

Post some info!!

Of key importance:

Xorg.0.log (after failed session) [please just 10 or so lines]

Xorg.conf

dmesg|tail (after failed session)

lspci

modprobe -l|grep vga

That can help in diagnosis of the problem!
I'm reinstalling arch right now. I'm going to follow the guide more carefully and then go from there. I'll post back here when I'm done
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
problem with a KDE install over Arch Linux on my lappy Tmccoy89 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 08-13-2009 08:25 AM
problem with xorg and xmonad in arch linux Unregistered Linux - Desktop 1 06-03-2009 06:33 PM
A very odd problem when trying to install Arch Linux baldurpet Linux - Newbie 1 03-05-2009 06:41 PM
problem with OpenSSH on arch linux 0.7 Frigolit Linux - Software 2 09-11-2005 01:24 AM
No sound in Arch Linux, had same problem when upgrading to slack 10.1 landfill Linux - Hardware 11 06-25-2005 01:45 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:49 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration