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Old 03-08-2002, 02:27 PM   #1
J_Szucs
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X server problem


I just installed Mandrake 8.1 on a machine having S3 Trio 3D/2X VGA and a fairly
new noname monitor (screen mode chosed: 1024x740, True Colors).
The installation went smooth (no errors), but there is something wrong with the X server: All windows are transparent, they have no borders and remain on the screen even when I try to close them.
I happened to read somewhere that such problems may be caused by the Frame Buffer Device.
I suspect that I should change the X server but I do not know exactly how to do that in Mandrake without a complete system reinstall.
In SuSe I would use Yast and choose an other X server easily, but how can I do that in Mandrake, and which server is the best in this case?

I have some other questions:

I prepared two partitions in the expert mode: swap and EXT3. Is that enough?
(Previously, I wanted to prepare a boot partition, too, but there was no such kind listed among the partition types available)
I am a bit confused now concerning partition types: previously I thought that EXT2 is the default file system type for Linux. Then I happened to read here that EXT3 is better.
Now I happened to see a type called Linux Native in the Mandrake partitioning tool. What is that?

My HP Desk Jet 320C printer was not listed among the supported printers. I chosed HPDJ 330C, instead, and it worked, but it prints unbearably slow: three or four times slower than in Windows at the same resolution. Can I try something to speed it up?
 
Old 03-08-2002, 02:30 PM   #2
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when you installed did it give you a menu option to configure your frame buffer? And if it did can you access the configuration without reintsalling
 
Old 03-08-2002, 02:53 PM   #3
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No, there were no options available related to a Frame Buffer Device.
I could only choose screen resolution and colors during installation. Then I got a test screen with some nice penguins, which screen was OK so I accepted that.
Should not have done that?
 
Old 03-08-2002, 02:58 PM   #4
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I am not sure then. Because in Debian and Slackware they both gave me options to configure teh Frame buffer. Sorry.
 
Old 03-08-2002, 03:01 PM   #5
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The great problem: X server configuration is almost the last stage of system installation.
So I have to almost completely reinstall Mandrake to be able to change the X server.
I could not find a tool yet like Yast in Suse to change the X server without a complete reinstall.
However, I am sure that there is one, but where is it?
 
Old 03-08-2002, 05:33 PM   #6
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I had the same problem.

In Mandrake you go ahead and open the Mandrake Control Center. Then Hardware. Then Display.

It lets you reconfigure X without having to reinstall everything.

Greetings

klops
 
  


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