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This is my first time using any Linux distribution. I installed Slackware 10.1 and everything went well to this point. I get to the darkstar login and I tried start the gui (kde) using the startx command. The monitor goes black, but the computer is still running. I hit ctrl+alt+bckspce and, amoung other things, it says "kded: cannot connect to x server". I tried to configure x with the command xf86config but it replies with "command not found". Since this has been bothering me for a while now, I was really hoping that someone could help me out with lingo and directions that I could understand. Thanks in advance.
Yeah, thanks a lot. That was the right command. I entered all of my information correctly, but my monitor still goes black after I write the file and everything. I think that it might be 2 problems a) My monitor is complete crap -Gateway 2000 Vivitron 15- and I need another to view my gui or b) A prompt informed me that the xorg.config file needed to be in a certain directory in order to be viewed by linux. If this is the problem then how do I move the file into that directory?
Most likely xorg.conf was written to your home dir. You will need to be root (su) and move it to /etc/X11 replacing the xorg.conf that is currently there. You might want to chown root:root xorg.conf after writing it.
Thanks a lot for the help. I really appreciate it. I'm unfamiliar with the command line and I don't know how to replace the xorg.conf in /etc/X11. Also, when I play around I fear that I will mess something up. Could you please give me step by step instructions on how to do this? All help is greatly appreciated.
If you ran xorgconfig as a user and all it did was create a xorg.conf in your home directory, you can always delete that xorg.conf and run it again as root, but if you want to move it type the following commands in a terminal (things in parentheses are my comments, don't type them):
cd (this changes to your home directory if you're not there already)
su (this will prompt you for your root password and then you will become root, be sure to type "exit" at the end to go back to being your normal user)
mv xorg.conf /etc/X11 (this moves the file, overwriting any xorg.conf in the other directory)
chown root:root /etc/X11/xorg.conf (this changes the permissions on the file so it's owned by root and in the root group, it's a good idea since that's how it would be created if you ran xorgconfig as root in the first place)
Oh wow, thanks a whole lot. You have no idea how long I've been waiting to see that splash screen. Quick problem though (as though I don't have enough) mouse is going crazy so I figure that I chose the wrong mouse in my config. Is there a quick solution to this?
'crazy' as in mouse going in, say, opposite directions when you move it? did you already try to rerun the xorg program, if so, did it fix it? if not, post what type of mouse you have and youll have to change the protocol or location of your mouse in your xorg configuration file. the mouse setup was my biggest problem with slackware 10.1.
if not, and all is well, then congrats!