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Old 07-31-2003, 09:14 AM   #1
hackersapien
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Unable to start Xwindows


Hi!Guys,
I installed Linux Mandrake 9.1(dual boot with Win2k Server) on my PC without any problems.I have no problems accessing KDE when the machine boots but when I try to access Xwindow from the command prompt I get a "No screens found error".

My monitor is an IBM 6331-E2N Model.I went through the forum and saw that some other guy had the same problem and he was told to reconfigure X.

Can somebody tell me what the problem could be here.

While I'm at it when I run KDE 3.1 I can't change the resolution of my display to 1024 x 768.I change it but when I restart the machine it has not been applied.

Pliz anybody out there help me.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: Unable to start Xwindows

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Originally posted by hackersapien

While I'm at it when I run KDE 3.1 I can't change the resolution of my display to 1024 x 768.I change it but when I restart the machine it has not been applied.
Have you got the right refreshing rate for your monitor? If not, you probably will not go through even if you change to set from 800x600 to 1024x768, since the logic is "or". For instance, if the Vertical and Horizantal refreshing rate do not allow 1024x768, then it will try 800x600
 
Old 07-31-2003, 09:56 AM   #3
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what do u mean the refreshing rate for the monitor?where do I set the refreshing rate?

By the way if you got any clue on how to solve the first problem just post it here.

Cheers
 
Old 07-31-2003, 12:35 PM   #4
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i got the "no screens found error", except i got it when i upgraded my video card, and i found the solution in changing the XF86Config-4 file.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 12:41 PM   #5
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Do a backup of the files /etc/X11/XF86Config and /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (if exists). Run "xf86config" or "xf86cfg -textmode" to reconfigure X.

However, if you find any problems with these new settings. Restore the old one by replacing the files with your backup.

Last edited by koyi; 08-09-2003 at 08:30 PM.
 
Old 07-31-2003, 01:34 PM   #6
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Hey,
My name is Nick and I have bout the same error. I start Linux Mandrake 9.1 and select Linux. It justs sits there not doin a think. It stops at: "INNIT: Version 2.84 booting". What do I do to get it to boot past this? I tried Redhat 8 and it did the same thing. So I thought to try Mandrake, same thing! Please help.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 02:22 AM   #7
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Hey!Koyi & LavaDevil94
When you tell me to edit the XF86Config-4 file what I'm I supposed to change in it.I don't want to mess it up and the next thing I require is a complete re-installation of the OS.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 04:02 AM   #8
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Talking My advice

If you want to you can reinstall. When the install is almost done and you get to a configure screen, make sure to configure your monitor. It gives you the option to 'test' your settings. I had to do this on my old machine because to card was faster than the motherboard and it set the resolution to high. Also if anything on the configure screen is red, you need to click configure to get it right and/or install software packages.

You may can fix the problem but it would be hard to do for a newbie unless you get lucky. You may want to try 'xf86cfg -textmode' and see if it helps. If you get a text prompt with 'login' just type in root and the pasword and type in the command. It should walk you through.

Hope this helps.

 
Old 08-09-2003, 08:34 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by hackersapien
Hey!Koyi & LavaDevil94
When you tell me to edit the XF86Config-4 file what I'm I supposed to change in it.I don't want to mess it up and the next thing I require is a complete re-installation of the OS.
When you reconfigure X, the only file you will modify is either XF86Config or XF86Config-4. And this file is not powerful enough to mess up your whole system, it is just a file X refers to when it starts up. And I did tell you to make a backup of them.
 
  


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