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I've been trying to teach myself some Linux. I have previous success in installing RH Core 1 on a Laptop, and now got myself a new (old) laptop to play with.
This is a IBM 560. It has 2GB disk and 40MB ram and a P1 CPU....This means that I couldn't install Core 1 (not enough memory) and therefore did an FTP install (no cdrom...) of RH9. Due to the small HD, I removed many packages (perhaps too many....) including some window managers (like gnome and kde).
Install went smoothly and at the end I had a working RH9 on my little laptop in text mode.
whenever I tried to 'startx' or 'xinit' the screen would go blank and nothing would happen. looking at the X11 logfile it would seem that X started fine...but I can't see anything....what's going on? the window managers don't show up. When I tried to open an xterm manually (from tty1) I got the response the the display was not found.
First things first, here's the logfile so that we can see if really X was started properly:
www.math.berkeley.edu/~yfarjoun/files/XFree86.0.log (sorry, I'm not allowed to post a URL yet.)
To try and fix this I tried running 'up2date' but it had problems with my time....apparently ntp isn't running properly and my clock isn't synced...this is what up2date says......so I tried running it manually (with ntpdate' but no matter which server I choose it returns:
...... the NTP socket is in use, exiting
I'm at a loss.
Help with either of these two issues will be great....thanks.
Where yours is sticking on PM/DPMS .
If you do have a file, xinitrc locate it and make sure its proper.
Like I said, maybe disable the DPMS : /etc/X11/XF86Config file part below.
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
DisplaySize 320 240
HorizSync 30.0 - 70.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 140.0
# Option "dpms" <--- add # there.
What's the "correct" way to (re)start the x-server? After I do an xinit (or startx, i've tried both) I don't have X but I have some X-related processes running....I kill them (kill -9 ...) and rerun xinit...I'm not sure that this is the correct way...is there a better way?
Try turning off Power management or sleep for the monitor. from the bios.
If you look around in ther it would help so youd know what Im saying.
Do you know what the BIOS is?
Shoot, this is unfortunate, something like this might need a more in depth look at, remote help may not be possible for some things relating to the X server, X session manager, and desktop enviornment binaries(gnome-session&startkde) .
Shoot man , the XFree86.0.log usually has an error that can be definetely troubleshot, in your case it looks like the X server is grabbing the screen but DPMS/Power Management is preventing it from displaying, or is initializing incorrectly, setting your monitor to not display at all.
just my first advice (as a newbie..but writing this from a TP560..with Debian although)
-> just make sure you're running on xserver-svga (not any 4.* version)
-> you'll have to tweak the video-driver identification (will not work on Trident)
just check out neilvandyke.org for further details
change the dRIVER line to read "svga" or "vga" if those generic drivers work, then you know its the server driver issue.
I wasn't aware of trident not working properly.
I do know some S3's Trio64 don't work with the S3 driver. cause they aim towards the higher end video chips, not the low 801's or 754's.
I installed XFree86 3.3.? and put the basic SVGA driver with the
specialized 800x600 mode that danu had in the Xconfig file. since
I have the 560 and not the 560E I have only 1024M of video RAM and
therefore I could only put 8bpp depth (I think) attempts at larger depth failed.