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My system configuration is
amd athlon x2 4 core
nvidia nforce 630a/7025 geforece
monitor 1600x900 lg
i am currently trying different versions of linux and just learning them. i have basic progrmming knowledge on linux.
i had previously installed on my system the following linux distributions
knoppix: latest version to hard disk - runs perfectly
suselinux : latest version. at first i had trouble starting x but figured out that in safe mode it was logging in and i think (because i am not remembering it now) that the keyword that was requried to boot into graphical menu was 'nomodeset' on grub
all the above had been removed.
debian squeeze 64 bit: currently installed and working great.
now i installed the the Slackware on separate partition but didn't install the lilo. thought i would be able to configure grub to load it and it does load.
my problem is that i can't start X either by running xinit or startx. because they crash and hang my system
now with my suse experience i inserted nomodeset on grub line for slack; now it crashes the x server on starting it with message screens found but none usable.
well the reason i am hopping through distributions is that i want to develop a custom software that could be run on usb. I figured that i could develop the software on debian with great ease but could not give it away on usb without the users being provided an installed system. hence i googled and found that slackware can be packaged on usb and would be running my custom software.
but nog x means not good interface i would be able to provide. so please guide how should i make x run on my system.
There is one of Three fixes.
1. Install 3.6.38 kernel and other packages from testing.
2. Use the nvidia driver from the nvidia web site.
3.created a nouveau-kms.conf file in /etc/modprobe.d with the following text.
If your a gamer you would want to install the Drivers from Nvidia's website to get KDE to work.
For normal task, installing the packages from testing would be better as that will stay in line with future updates/upgrades. Creating a file in /etc/modprobe.d is a quick fix that disables acceleration on the graphics card which in effect disables 2d/3d effects. Kde failsafe I believe disables 2d/3d effects and that is why it still works versus Kde with special effects that doesn't work.