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Old 01-13-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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X Server freezes my FC6


Hi,

I recently installed FC6 on a socket A system with a 3dfx voodoo3. A text only terminal shows up by default on bootup and if I type startx at the prompt everything seems fine for a few seconds and then the system freezes and responds to nothing at all. This system shows no sign of hardware problems when running windows. Is my graphics card too old or do I need to tweak some config file or perhaps obtain some special library? Any thoughts you have would be great.

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Old 01-13-2007, 11:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like something is misconfigured. You might have the resolution set too high. Was the Fedora install working OK in graphical mode? The install script uses a safe low resolution video mode, and then asks what you want the display video mode to be. Did you configure this? If so is the mode supported by the video card and you monitor.

A little more information could help greatly. You can try to run xorgconfig to reconfigure the X server.
 
Old 01-14-2007, 12:26 AM   #3
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Hey thanks for the reply! Actually I installed in text mode because when X came up for the graphical install the same thing happened i.e. it died after a few seconds. I tried xorgconfig but the shell doesn't recognize the command and I searched for it in case it wasn't in my $PATH locations but couldn't find it. My monitor is an LCD with a native resolution of 1280x1024 and my graphics card can handle that resolution under MS windows.

Sorry but that's all I can report back. Thanks for your help.

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Old 01-14-2007, 01:18 AM   #4
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Hmmm ... I don't have it on my FC5 machine either. I wonder if Red Hat stopped packaging it because they want people to use system-config-display. That is Red Hat's own display config tool. You might give it a shot and see if it can help you.
 
Old 01-14-2007, 01:36 AM   #5
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I was able to enter the system-config-display utility and the settings were fine but when I exited and tried the startx command everything died again as before. I installed the xen packages that came with this distro and something xen related seems to be sending a ton of messages to the console. Perhaps this problem is somehow related to my crashing X server!!?? Oh well...I'll keep playing for now!

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Old 01-14-2007, 03:32 AM   #6
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Xen should have nothing to do with the display settings. Still you can boot into a non-Xen enabled kernel if you want to try running without it.

I'd suggest entering some very safe settings into system-config display, e.g. 800x600 resolution, low color depth, etc. just to see if that works. Then when you try to put back in your regular setting, look at the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (which is the config file for the X server). In particular check the horizontal and vertical sync rates. If they are wrong for your monitor, bad things will happen.
 
  


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