Slackware - Running X - (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
I'm totally new to linux and a more experienced friend advised me to install slackware if I want to get the best possible understanding of how linux works.
I've installed slackware but having logged in as root, when I type the command "startx" to load the GUI I get this error message:
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Oct 24 14:40:24 2010
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(EE) intel(0): Given depth (4) is not supported by I830 driver
(EE) intel(1): [drm] failed to set drm interface version.
(EE) intel(1): Failed to become DRM master.
(EE) intel(1): Given depth (4) is not supported by I830 driver
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
When I try to check the log file that I am told to check, I get:
-bash: /var/log/Xorg.0.log: Permission denied "(i am logged in as root)"
I've tried running xorgsetup and changing the depth to 24,16,8,4,1 and 0, but I either get the same error message or a blank screen which forces me to reboot.
Running Xorg -configure gives the message:
(++) Using config file: "/root/xorg.conf.new"
Xorg detected your mouse at device /dev/input/mice.
Please check your config if the mouse is still not
operational, as by default Xorg tries to autodetect
Xorg has configured a multihead system, please check your config.
Your xorg.conf file is /root/xorg.conf.new
To test the server, run "X -config /root/xorg.conf.new"
When I attempt to test the server, I get a blank screen and am forced to reboot.
Running xrandr gives the message:
Can't open display
I've had a look around the forums for similar problems and someone with a similar issue was asked for the output of some code, so i'm typing my output for it here - it might save some time:
ls -l /dev/mem
crw-r----- 1 root kmem 1, 12010-10-24 15:37 /dev/mem
Any help in resolving this is much appreciated, thanks.
You might need to add a "normal" user, run this in the terminal:
Change the 3 to 4 in this line:
I gave it a go logged in as a different user, but I got the same error message.
Thanks for the boot to GUI tips, I'm sure they'll have saved me some time later on.
Having searched around a bit more, it seems likely that my screen configuration might not be the issue. When I run: startx at a higher depth it could be that I am attempting to load the GUI with a screen configuration that is usable, and the blank screen I get is simply a result of x not being able to work properly - any suggestions?
Forced vesa driver on boot
I'm going to post my own solution to this:
I got X up and running by forcing the vesa driver.
I did this by running Xorg -configure which created an xconfig file at
I then ran "pico /root/xorg.conf.new" and under the section "Device" edited the following lines (Two "Device" sections appeared for some reason and I did them both):
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
I then renamed the file to xorg.conf with the command:
mv /root/xorg.conf.new /root/xorg.conf
Then I copied xorg.conf to /etc/X11 using:
cp /root/xorg.conf /etc/X11
Finally I hit startx and the desktop environment loaded, albeit with a few weird lines across the screen which dissappeared and only half visible commands flashing in the top section of the screen when I shut down, but it works and if what i've mentioned above are real problems, then hopefully I'll figure them out as I get a bit more experience at using linux.
I hope someone finds this helpful.
see this thread adchalk93
the SalixOS pkg is here
and just do "upgradepkg xf86-video-intel-2.11.0-i486-1gv.txz"
or whichever one you use? 2.91 or 2.11
then configure X again then startx
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