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koodoo 05-31-2005 05:57 PM

NEWBIE Slackware 10.0 --> logout shutdown reboot (CTRL-ALT-F2) confused??

I am using Slackware 10.0 Just installed it. Everything is working fine except that whenever I logout I get a blank screen and then nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I reboot or shutdown (using poweroff command).
Also whenever I press CTRL-ALT-F2 I get the same blank screen. Only option then left for me is to do a hard reboot.
How do I rectify this problem.??

Also at present kde is set as my default desktop environment. I type startx at the command prompt at startup and kde is up and running. For Gnome I can type gdm. But how do I change my default desktop environment?


koodoo 05-31-2005 06:47 PM

Sorry guys for posting the same thread twice. I didn't do it intentionally.

My P.C. just got hung rite at the moment when I had finished writing the message. So I accidently pressed enter twice (or something of that kind).

When I rebooted I found the question twice in this forum.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused. I will take care of it in the future.
One of these threads may be blocked.

Sorry again.

piratePenguin 05-31-2005 09:49 PM

Use 'xwmconfig' to change the default window manager/desktop enviornment.

By blank screen, do you mean login screen, or is it completely *blank* ?
CTRL+ALT+F1 all the way up to CTRL+ALT+F6 bring you through the virtual consoles. The first virtual console (CTRL+ALT+F1) would have the console output from X11, if you started X11 from that console (and it usually is, seeing as it's the default console). If X11 is started, then CTRL+ALT+F7 will bring you to it. The other virtual consoles should show each show a login prompt.

Whenever you shutdown, do you get *any* shutdown messages? It should show shutdown messages and then a "Power off." message, at which point it is safe to turn off the computer.
What command do you use to shutdown? Try using 'shutdown -h now' as root.

koodoo 06-01-2005 11:20 AM


Thanx for the reply

I have noticed a few more things.

When I boot my computer and get to the text mode. At that moment pressing CTRL-ALT-F(1-6) shows me all the virtual consoles (tty1 - tty6).

Now I type the command startx to start the display. I get my desktop allright. But now if I press CTRL-ALT-F (1 - 6) I get a blank screen (slighty illuminated). Now the thing is that though I cannot see anything everything else works. I mean If I type username and password and then execute any command the command is executed , only thing is that I am not able to see anything.

For e.g. I type "init 6" or "reboot" to reboot and "init 0" or "poweroff" to shutdown. (I am typing these blindly as I am not able to see anything). I do not get any messages on the screen but after sometime the computer reboots ( or shuts down ).

When I press CTRL-ALT-F7 to go back to my X11 display I again get the blank screen.

Same thing happens if I select logout button from the k-menu or type poweroff from a terminal from KDE. I get a blank screen (for logout) and after sometime the P.C. shuts down (for poweroff)

Every command works. It's just that the display has some problem.

Please help.

piratePenguin 06-01-2005 05:18 PM

I think it could be something to do with your display drivers (for xorg).
I remember when I used to use the nvidia drivers, everything would work until I ran 'startx' and then with I exited X11 or shutdown (which exits X11 first) I could see nothing (bar a few oversized letters and lines (the shutdown messages, or anything I type) scrolling up the screen, but I couldn't read them). I just had to live with it, dunno how to fix it.

Right now I'm using the 'nv' (not 'nvidia' - nvidia's driver) driver and it works fine (I don't need nvidia's driver because I don't play 3d games).

koodoo 06-01-2005 07:21 PM


Thanks again for the reply.

I finally got it to work :D .After five re-installations and about 100 reboots (to try different modifications in the xorg.conf) it was a major success. :cool:

I first started making modifications in the xorg.conf according to my monitor and video card but it didn't workout.

Then I copied the xorg.conf file from a friends P.C. who has almost the same monitor as mine and uses Fedora Core 2. I made modifications in my xorg.conf file according to that file and voila it worked :D

I noticed one thing though. Now when I type startx at the terminal it takes a slight longer time than before for the X server to start.

This maybe because my friend has an Intel 865 original motherboard. And I used his xorg.conf on my Intel 845 chipset (It's just a wild guess).

Here is my xorg.conf file :


# File generated by xf86config.

# Copyright (c) 2004, by the X.Org
# Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
# copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"),
# to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation
# the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense,
# and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the
# Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
# The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
# all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
# Except as contained in this notice, the name of X.Org shall
# not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale, use or other
# dealings in this Software without prior written authorization from the
# X.Org.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config(4/5) man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

# **********************************************************************
# Module section -- this  section  is used to specify
# which dynamically loadable modules to load.
# **********************************************************************
Section "Module"

# This loads the DBE extension module.

    Load        "dbe"          # Double buffer extension

# This loads the miscellaneous extensions module, and disables
# initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
    SubSection  "extmod"
      Option    "omit xfree86-dga"  # don't initialise the DGA extension

# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
    Load        "type1"
    Load        "speedo"
    Load        "freetype"
#    Load        "xtt"

# This loads the GLX module
    Load      "glx"
# This loads the DRI module
#    Load      "dri"


# **********************************************************************
# Files section.  This allows default font and rgb paths to be set
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"

# The location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
# no need to change the default.

    RgbPath        "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (which are concatenated together),
# as well as specifying multiple comma-separated entries in one FontPath
# command (or a combination of both methods)
# If you don't have a floating point coprocessor and emacs, Mosaic or other
# programs take long to start up, try moving the Type1 and Speedo directory
# to the end of this list (or comment them out).

    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath  "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"

# The module search path.  The default path is shown here.

#    ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"


# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"

# Uncomment this to cause a core dump at the spot where a signal is
# received.  This may leave the console in an unusable state, but may
# provide a better stack trace in the core dump to aid in debugging

#    Option "NoTrapSignals"

# Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><Fn> VT switch sequence
# (where n is 1 through 12).  This allows clients to receive these key
# events.

#    Option "DontVTSwitch"

# Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><BS> server abort sequence
# This allows clients to receive this key event.

#    Option "DontZap"

# Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> mode switching
# sequences.  This allows clients to receive these key events.

#    Option "Dont Zoom"

# Uncomment this to disable tuning with the xvidtune client. With
# it the client can still run and fetch card and monitor attributes,
# but it will not be allowed to change them. If it tries it will
# receive a protocol error.

#    Option "DisableVidModeExtension"

# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local xvidtune client.

#    Option "AllowNonLocalXvidtune"

# Uncomment this to disable dynamically modifying the input device
# (mouse and keyboard) settings.

#    Option "DisableModInDev"

# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local client to
# change the keyboard or mouse settings (currently only xset).

#    Option "AllowNonLocalModInDev"


# **********************************************************************
# Input devices
# **********************************************************************

# **********************************************************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

    Identifier        "Keyboard1"
    Driver        "Keyboard"

# For most OSs the protocol can be omitted (it defaults to "Standard").
# When using XQUEUE (only for SVR3 and SVR4, but not Solaris),
# uncomment the following line.

#    Option    "Protocol"      "Xqueue"

    Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#    Option        "Xleds"      "1 2 3"

#    Option "LeftAlt"    "Meta"
#    Option "RightAlt"    "ModeShift"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#    Option "XkbModel"    "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#    Option "XkbModel"    "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#    Option "XkbLayout"  "de"
# or:
#    Option "XkbLayout"  "de"
#    Option "XkbVariant"  "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#    Option "XkbOptions"  "ctrl:swapcaps"

# These are the default XKB settings for X.Org
#    Option "XkbRules"    "__XKBDEFRULES__"
#    Option "XkbModel"    "pc101"
#    Option "XkbLayout"  "us"
#    Option "XkbVariant"  ""
#    Option "XkbOptions"  ""

#    Option "XkbDisable"

    Option "XkbRules"        "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel"        "logiik"
    Option "XkbLayout"        "us"


# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

    Identifier        "Mouse1"
    Driver        "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/mouse"

# Mouse-speed setting for PS/2 mouse.

#    Option "Resolution"        "256"

# Add this line if you want your mouse to scroll.
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.

#    Option "Protocol"        "Xqueue"

# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.

#    Option "BaudRate"        "9600"
#    Option "SampleRate"        "150"

# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button Microsoft mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)

    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "Emulate3Timeout"    "50"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice

#    Option "ChordMiddle"


# **********************************************************************
# Other input device sections
# this is optional and is required only if you
# are using extended input devices.  This is for example only.  Refer
# to the XF86Config man page for a description of the options.
# **********************************************************************
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier  "Mouse2"
#    Driver      "mouse"
#    Option      "Protocol"      "MouseMan"
#    Option      "Device"        "/dev/mouse2"
# EndSection
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "spaceball"
#    Driver    "magellan"
#    Option    "Device"        "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "spaceball2"
#    Driver    "spaceorb"
#    Option    "Device"        "/dev/cua0"
# EndSection
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "touchscreen0"
#    Driver    "microtouch"
#    Option    "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"
#    Option    "MinX"          "1412"
#    Option    "MaxX"          "15184"
#    Option    "MinY"          "15372"
#    Option    "MaxY"          "1230"
#    Option    "ScreenNumber"  "0"
#    Option    "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
#    Option    "ButtonNumber"  "1"
#    Option    "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection
# Section "InputDevice"
#    Identifier "touchscreen1"
#    Driver    "elo2300"
#    Option    "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"
#    Option    "MinX"          "231"
#    Option    "MaxX"          "3868"
#    Option    "MinY"          "3858"
#    Option    "MaxY"          "272"
#    Option    "ScreenNumber"  "0"
#    Option    "ReportingMode" "Scaled"
#    Option    "ButtonThreshold"      "17"
#    Option    "ButtonNumber"  "1"
#    Option    "SendCoreEvents"
# EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of monitor sections may be present

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier  "Monitor0"
        VendorName  "Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName    "SyncMaster"
        DisplaySize  310        230
        HorizSync    30.0 - 71.0
        VertRefresh  50.0 - 160.0
        Option            "dpms"

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of graphics device sections may be present

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "i810"
        VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
        BoardName  "Intel 865"

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device    "Videocard0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport  0 0
                Depth    24
                Modes    "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
        Group        0
        Mode        0666
# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of screen sections may be present.  Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen.  A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "Videocard0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"

# If your card can handle it, a higher default color depth (like 24 or 32)
# is highly recommended.

#  DefaultDepth 8
#  DefaultDepth 16
#  DefaultDepth 24
#  DefaultDepth 32

# "1024x768" is also a conservative usable default resolution.  If you
# have a better monitor, feel free to try resolutions such as
# "1152x864", "1280x1024", "1600x1200", and "1800x1400" (or whatever your
# card/monitor can produce)

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth      8
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth      16
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth      24
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth      32
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"


# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present.  Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised.  A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option.  In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.

Section "ServerLayout"

# The Identifier line must be present
    Identifier  "Simple Layout"

# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens.  The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen.  In this example, screen 2 is located to the
# right of screen 1.

    Screen "Screen 1"

# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used.  Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
# "SendCoreEvents".

    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"


Could anyone check if there is anything unusual in my xorg.conf file and give some tips to modify it so that the X server starts a little faster.

Thanx again in anticipation.

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