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Old 10-07-2001, 06:24 PM   #1
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startx not working


Hi, I just installed Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1. I had to use LISA to install because the GUI install failed. The text-only install worked and the system is up and running, but now I can't get startx to work. I went through xf86config to set up my video card and monitor. I have a Number Nine Revolution IV AGP card w/32MB RAM and a MAG DX700T 17 in. monitor. The card was not listed and superprobe identified it as a Number Nine Imagine 128 which was on the list, so I chose that. I correctly input the horiz./vert. frequencies for my monitor. The problem is whenever I try to run startx a gray textured background comes up and the x-shaped mouse pointer, which I can move around, but that's as far as it ever gets. No icons, no menus, nothing. No error messages either. The only thing I can do is ctrl-alt-bkspace to get back to the shell. I tried selecting some other video cards as well as generic VGA, but to no avail. I also tried starting X using different resolutions and color depths. I'd appreciate some help on this. Thanks.
 
Old 10-07-2001, 07:10 PM   #2
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It sounds like X is starting, but your desktop environment isn't. If your distro installs KDE, try typing startkde instead of startx.
 
Old 10-07-2001, 07:11 PM   #3
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check your .xinitrc in your home dir. it sounds like its your actual window manager and not x itself. make sure you have a window manager like window maker or kde installed.

Azriel
 
Old 10-07-2001, 07:44 PM   #4
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As AzrielMacKay points out, the .xinit file usually has a line to specify which window manager to use as the default when you type startx. If the file doesn't exist in your home directory, the default /usr/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc is used.
 
Old 10-07-2001, 08:21 PM   #5
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KDE appears to be installed. I tried typing startkde and I got these messages:
XSETROOT: Unable to open display "
XSET: Unable to open display ""
KSPLASH: Cannot connect to X server.
Aborting. $DISPLAY is not set.
Error: KUniqueApplication: Pipe close unexpected.
KSMSERVER: Cannot connect to X server.

I didn't see any reference to KDE in the xinitrc file.
 
Old 10-08-2001, 07:45 PM   #6
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Hmm,

The grey screen/X-shaped cursor usually indicates that X is starting, but the error messages you posted indicate that X isn't really coming up correctly.
Since you said that the Revolution IV wasn't listed, I'd look into that issue first. Both the Revolution and the Imagine used the I128 driver under XFree86 3.x.x, but things have changed with XFree86 4.x.x (which, I believe, is the version shipped with Open Linux 3.1).
 
Old 10-08-2001, 11:51 PM   #7
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You may want to give XF86Setup a try
 
  


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