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When i try to startx i get this error, i basically try to reconfigure x from drafconf and XFdrake and when i go to test the video config i get could not determine screen layout? please can someone help me, i have been trying this for weeks now and am completely new to linux, would love to get it working to i can fiddle!
how do i enter "As root do cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log (numeric 0) | more " this in? i tried typing the whole thing in as root and i got an error about not recognising '(' or something?! and i got the closest match to my monitor i could for the sync modes they are something like
horizontal: 30 - 54
my hardware is
-256mb PC-133 RAM (at 100mhz bus speed)
-60gb hard drive at 30gb cos of false format (IBM excelstor)
-ATI Radeon 32mb sdr PCI
-onboard Intel i810 graphics card disables in bios
-sound = Intel i810 i think but appears in windows as AC97
-Running win xp/mandrake 9.2 download edition dual boot with grub boot loader
i also found out that the monitor i have is a Proview 572M and the product number is IZ-561, i have tried searching for it and cannot find anything on it, it was bought just into the year 2000 so is about 4 years old now??
i found these specs for the 562 on a website, but this is a newer version.
Originally posted by FuriousGibbon how do i enter "As root do cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log (numeric 0) | more " this in? i tried typing the whole thing in as root and i got an error about not recognising '(' or something?! and i got the closest match to my monitor i could for the sync modes they are something like
horizontal: 30 - 54
at the prompt after the error starting X, type 'su' (without quotes) and enter passwd to become root.
then type 'cd /var/log'
then type 'ls' or 'ls | more' if it scrolls off screen
you should have a file called XFree86.#.log or something similar in there. type 'cat' followed by the filename. 'cat filename | more' allows you to scroll thru it and look for errors.
right, i done this cat/var thing and it come up with the errors above, so i deleted linux mandrake, reinstalled it but this time with my monitors exact specs which i had located on google, now when i startx i get no error but the monitor appears to do soemthing but then goes into standby mode almost, is this progress?
Right, i tried them refresh rates and the screen appeared to do something when i tested it, but then it flickered and went into standby mode. Usually it just says unable to determine screen layout? does this mean its a graphics card problem? or is it still the monitor??