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Old 02-15-2004, 08:13 PM   #1
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changed video card, can't load X


Ok let me start out by saying I am a linux newbie and am the type of person that learns by doing things and most importantly messing up. I must have crashed my windows computer every month by getting into things that I maybe shouldn't have (yes it was my fault not windows).

Now I didn't have my graphics installed properly and wasn't able to get a resolution above 640X480. I then figured that it would be a good idea to just install a generic vga graphics card in hopes that i would at least get better resolution until I found drivers for my current on board graphics (VIA 8375 (KM266) chipset, MachSpeed V6DP board). I am running college linux 2.5.0 I think with kernel 2.4.? (i could be wrong). I have it set to go to X right away which I now understand to be a bad idea. I just recently installed it and could perhaps wipe the partiton clean again... and start over again...

Anything to help me out would be appreciated. I have a few more kinks with the install but I think this problem takes precidence. I'm sure I will be able to figure out the rest.

Thanks,

Jason
 
Old 02-15-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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No reinstall neccesary... Is it just crapping out to the command line? If so, simply login as root, (if you dont have the permissions set to u on your /etc/x11) then edit your xfree config, us pico to edit it, (ex pico xfree86....) and then where it says driver="whatever", just change it to driver=vesa - then type startx, and load your new driver.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 09:01 PM   #3
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no it doesn't get to the command line. It goes to the last line that is displayed before it goes to the X login. I have it set up to automatically go to the x login. Is there any set of keys that I can type so that I can get to the command line and log in to work from there?
 
Old 02-15-2004, 09:29 PM   #4
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I assume College Linux to be similar to Slackware
You must be in run level 4.
It opens a single backup shell.
Do
ALT+CTRL+F6

if you dont find login prompt, try other function keys.
ie ALT+CTRL+F<1,2,3,4,5>

Then u can login as root, and edit the /etc/X11/XF85config file using emacs or your favourite editor.
Change the driver to vesa.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 02:18 AM   #5
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Ok I got that far... I changed it to vesa and then it said something about my virtual desktop could not contain 0 0. I then switched it to mirror my actual desktop config then restarted and it said the same thing. I hope I am editing the correct file... Also it said that it was using XF85config-4 as backup...????? wouldn't it then run and work if it had to resort to a backup copy???? I have a feeling the fix is something that I should be able to figure out or that it is at least easy.. Also why were there so many varients of the file? are they all in use? Thanks for the help... I am looking forward to fixing this so I can move on to the next problem... At least I will be able to run the OS again... It isn't making the windows switch any easier on me by limiting myself to windows... I wish I had more free time to mess around and familiarize myself with linux. At least then I would feel a little more confident when making system changes... But then again it was confidence that got me here... Its a dirty vicious cycle....
 
Old 02-18-2004, 02:47 AM   #6
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Ok I found it... Apparently there is an X86Config file that you can run that goes through the process and configures it for you. One of the problems was that in changing the file I terminated the link to one of the other files or something??? so it wasn't properly configured. I set it so that it goes into the command prompt first. I am probably going to try to spend more time there learning... Also, in the command prompt everything is in caps now. I am guessing that has something to do with the re-configuration.

I have learned 1 of 2 things from this,
1. I need to do alot more reading.
or
2. I need to screw up some more.
(I haven't figured out which I have learned yet)

For the first time in years... I have no clue what I am doing... God this is awesome....
 
Old 02-18-2004, 02:48 AM   #7
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ohh yeah... in case anybody reads this and needs help with a similar issue... the file was in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/
 
Old 02-18-2004, 08:45 AM   #8
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One last thing, if you edit your /etc/inittab file and change

id:5:initdefault:

to

id:3:initdefault:

when you boot up it wont go straigt into X windows anymore, it will go straight to a command prompt (after login) from there you can type startx to start the xwindows enviroment.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 12:12 PM   #9
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So if the boot config is in /etc/inittab then why is it that after running the automatic XF85config it now starts to the console? does that program edit muliple config files?
 
  


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