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SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 04:37 PM

Dual boot slackware, minor problem
 
Hello,

This is my first venture into both slackware and dualbooting. I am booting windows XP pro and slackware. Both are working fine, except for the X windows. When I boot into slackware and type startx, I get the following message:

Code:

Fatal server error: no screens found.
I attempted to look at my /etc/X11/XF86Config file, but it appears that it has not been created. What do you guys think the problem is? Thanks.

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 05:19 PM

You need to run "xorgconfig" first if you're running slackware 10.0 or 10.1. Earlier versions use "xf86config" or "xfree86config" (I can't remember which). This will generate an x-server configuration file and should allow you to boot up x with "startx"
cheers

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 06:03 PM

Hey,

It says that I need to know what video card I have, is there a command that will tell me that?

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 06:20 PM

# lspci
or
# lspci -vv
will show you information about the chipsets and manufacturers of cards and pci stuff connected to your computer. Or you could go into XP and have a look under the device manager, but i wouldn't recommend it, it'll give you a headache and your eyes will hurt.
cheers

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by dcdbutler
# lspci
or
# lspci -vv

Will that also be able to tell me the video card if it is on board?

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 06:35 PM

Erm, I think it should do.

Mine's listed as

VGA Compatible Controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 ..........etc

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 06:47 PM

I did all of that, but I still get the original error that I got.

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 06:56 PM

ok, in that case, check out the error log. It's in /var/log/Xorg.0.log

Look for errors (EE). If you don't understand what they mean, then post them back here.

Cheers

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 07:36 PM

Out of all the things that were in that log, I had two errors.

The first:
Code:

(EE) VESA(0): No matching modes
The second:
Code:

(EE) Screen(s) found, bun none have a usable configuration
Not really sure what either of those mean.

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 07:50 PM

hmm, the driver you chose for the video card is not driving.
what video card do you have?

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 07:54 PM

First off, it is a HP computer, so the video card is onboard. It is an Intel 82846 GL/GE. xorgconfig did not have that option, so I could not choose it.

dcdbutler 06-23-2005 08:12 PM

I guess you could try a couple of the other generic drivers just for the hell of it, maybe the intel ones, see if they work. Apart from that, I'm outa plans. Do you run any other linux on your box? If so, you could check out the X-config file in that to see what driver it is using for X. Maybe knoppix live cd if you have it. You would be able to glean some info from the X-config file generated there.
Good luck

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by dcdbutler
I guess you could try a couple of the other generic drivers just for the hell of it, maybe the intel ones, see if they work. Apart from that, I'm outa plans. Do you run any other linux on your box? If so, you could check out the X-config file in that to see what driver it is using for X. Maybe knoppix live cd if you have it. You would be able to glean some info from the X-config file generated there.
Good luck

Thanks for your help, Ill look around. Unfortunately, I dont have another linux on that box. Thanks again for your help, I'll post back if I get it working.

SnowSurfAir 06-23-2005 10:52 PM

Thank you very much dcdbutler everything you said worked like a charm. The general intel driver was a little hard to set up, but got it working and am a happy new slacker. Thanks again.


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