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Old 10-01-2003, 07:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Black out after start up! Condemned to use Windows in perpetuity.


Hi!

After spending hours to download the last Ooo, following instruction on installing, the reward...

... Impossible to get into linux anymore! Great.

After the system boots up and all the checklist of OKs, the text login screen display 1 sec and disappears 5 sec... the redhat login screen does not follow.

Something went wrong while installing Ooo and I already regret daring to do it.

What can I do now to fix the problem? reinstall Linux? or be condemned to use Windows in perpetuity.

Thanks to any one who can help.

Michel


 
Old 10-01-2003, 08:00 AM   #2
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howzit

press the keys ctrl-alt-F1 this will take u to login prompt login as root then type redhat-config-xfree86 this will setup your vga settings. I think u may choosen the wrong display adapter monitor res was set to high or something. Once u have choosen the right settings then type startx to test GUI if it works the next time u boot up it will be fine.

Remeber the Penguin is your friend

chow
 
Old 10-01-2003, 10:23 AM   #3
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Hi!

Thank you very much.

I am going to try what you say and not panic.
I am not the one who can give up easily but it is hard after years of computing to realise you know nothing...

Michel
 
Old 10-01-2003, 07:49 PM   #4
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Hi!

I tried what you said and it returned:

dccprobe returned bogus values
ID: TOS5081
Name: None
Horizsync: None
Vertsync: None

x config.py: Fatal IO eror 2 (connection reset by peer) on x server: 17.0.

I have no clue of what to do next and hardly understand how installing a programme can make such a mess.

Thank you for your help.

Michel
 
Old 10-01-2003, 10:18 PM   #5
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this won't solve your problem, but it will at least avoid having to press key combinations to get a working boot: after you type ctrl-alt-F1 and logged in as root, type

emacs /etc/inittab

and look for line 24 which should say something like this:

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
id:5:initdefault:

you want to change the 5 or whatever is is to a 3. this will boot to the command line, rather than automatically trying to start X windows.

then i would try running xf86config (mine is in /usr/X11R6/bin/xf86config) because it sounds like you don't have a vertical refresh or horizontal sync rate set....your monitor manual should provide those, but if you're not sure choose a low setting. then, when you've finished type

startx

and see if it works. if it doesn't, then type

su <your user name>
cd ~

startx > /tmp/x.out 2>&1

cat /tmp/x.out

and post what it says here. this will print any error messages that trying to start X windows produces to a file called x.out in your home directory, then cat will allow you to read them (and copy them to this board)

hope that works, if it doesn't the errors might help us troubleshoot
 
Old 10-02-2003, 03:10 AM   #6
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Howzit

it seems that u have choosen the wrong monitor settings when u typed in the cmd redhat-config-xfree86 it normally goes to a setting that it things is a correct one try those settings first also try a lower setting for res as well as colour depth. Also see waht vga card you have and goto RH web site to see if your hardware is supported

there is no need to creat the output of your x server there is one already created in /var/log/XFree86.0.log

chow

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Old 10-02-2003, 07:11 AM   #7
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Hi!

Thank you so much everyone for your help.

I finally managed to log in and after trying a few things, I was convinced that Ooo had caused the problem because it was working before I tried to install it . After this wonderful opportunity to work at the command line I got access to the Ooo file I previously tried to install and deleted it.

I restarted the computer and Oh surprise the log in screen appeared again without the need to correct anything in the display. The problem was that my disk was full... I have learnt a lesson then!

Now I would like to delete a few things to regain space (I am on a laptop Toshiba Satellite 2210, 6GB, 1/2 for Windows and 1/2 for Linux):

1. How to completely remove KDE application? I installed it with RedHat 8 and the upgrade to RedHat 9 kept it. In the package manager, KDE is not checked but I have it. Just like if the Manager has nothing to do with the new Redhat 9...

2. How would it be possible to reduce Windows partitiuon to 1/3 without messing around?


Concerning the display I have occasionaly some dirty lines appearing (on laptop and external monitor) that can be swept out with the mouse.. what can I do to correc this.

Than you once again.

Michel


 
Old 10-02-2003, 10:23 AM   #8
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Howzit

you can resize you partion either eith commercial software like pation magic or under linux which is free and found with rh9 use the cmd parted. Make sure u have at least bkp u're data just incase something goes wrong.

to remove kde packages use the cmd rpm -e (package)

good luck

chow
 
Old 10-03-2003, 06:27 AM   #9
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Hi!

I tried cmd rpm -e (package) and it says that the package (KDE) is not installed. It does not appear installed in the Package Manager also, but it is there and when I log in I can go to KDE.

It has been installed with Red Hat 8 but after the upgrade to v.9 it has not been removed. How can I get rid of it now?

Thanks for your help.

Michel
 
Old 10-03-2003, 07:23 AM   #10
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Try rebuilding the rpm data base with cmd rpm --inittab;rpm --rebuilddb. Once this has been done trey the cmd rpm -q kde this will display all kde packages on your system. Then try rpm -e package that the query found. Remember to do this all as root or else no go.

chow
 
Old 10-03-2003, 10:21 AM   #11
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Hi!

I am going to try this. It seems that there is always someone to give a solution and without this forum and all of you I would certainly have been back to windows.

Michel

 
Old 10-04-2003, 11:39 AM   #12
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I tried and first it said "rpm --inittab command unknown" and gave me a list of the possible commands where I chose rpm --initdb instead .

After a while it gave me:
error: db4 error (16) from dbenv -->remove: Device or resource busy

Impossible to o through the whole process . Any idea?

Thank you.

Michel

 
Old 10-06-2003, 10:11 AM   #13
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Howzit


do not worry about the error that came up as this is a bug in RH9 with the rpm database

chow
 
  


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