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Old 04-16-2003, 08:18 PM   #1
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X and Debian problem


Warning: newbie question. But this would seem to be right place. . . 8^)

okay, I am having a problem with xwindows. I do startx, and the screen flashes a few times, then kicks back with an error,

AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0

I looked at /var/log/XFree86.0.log like it said, and I have an EE on a line that reads,

unable to open /dev/agpgart (No such device).

Debian 3, I have a Compaq Deskpro P-733 with Intel 82815 integrated graphics, which seems to correspond with i810 server.

P.S. how do I verify I have the latest version of X Windows?
P.P.S. does anybody else think dselect is a bit overwhelming?

-Sean.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 08:39 PM   #2
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Can you post your /etc/X11/XF86Config file? That will help a little bit.

The line "unable to open /dev/agpgart" means that X is looking for an AGP video card instead of PCI.
 
Old 04-16-2003, 09:53 PM   #3
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all righty, I am home now, the machine is at work. I will post the file tomorrow AM. Thanks for the info.

Whoohoo, this is fun! 8^)
 
Old 04-16-2003, 10:31 PM   #4
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Quote:
P.P.S. does anybody else think dselect is a bit overwhelming?
dselect is the illegitimate child of Satan and Martha Stewart. I feel sorry for you if you actually attempted installation using it.

As for X versions:
X -v
XFree86 -version

As for X, don't worry about it. I have yet to see a Debian installation that gets it right. I remember one person that reported a succes story, but it happened on one freak occasion and who knows what to believe these days.
; )
 
Old 04-17-2003, 01:32 PM   #5
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I'm back, thanks for your help so far.

I did a XFree86 -version, and I have 4.1.0.1, and it says it's a pre-release version. So I better upgrade I guess. I need to mess around with those .deb files, right? Or is this an easy apt-get thing?

My XF86Config file is below. I truncated some comments for readibility.

P.S. congrats to me for successfully mounting my floppy and copying the file over.

Newbies RULE!

==================================
==================================

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config(4/5) man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

# **********************************************************************
# Module section -- this section is used to specify
# which dynamically loadable modules to load.
# **********************************************************************
#
Section "Module"

# This loads the DBE extension module.

Load "dbe" # Double buffer extension

# This loads the miscellaneous extensions module, and disables
# initialisation of the XFree86-DGA extension within that module.
SubSection "extmod"
Option "omit xfree86-dga" # don't initialise the DGA extension
EndSubSection

# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"

# This loads the GLX module
# Load "glx"

EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Files section. This allows default font and rgb paths to be set
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"

# The location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.

RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (which are concatenated together),
# as well as specifying multiple comma-separated entries in one FontPath
# command (or a combination of both methods)
#
# If you don't have a floating point coprocessor and emacs, Mosaic or other
# programs take long to start up, try moving the Type1 and Speedo directory
# to the end of this list (or comment them out).
#

# FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"

# The module search path. The default path is shown here.

# ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"

EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"

# Uncomment this to cause a core dump at the spot where a signal is
# received. This may leave the console in an unusable state, but may
# provide a better stack trace in the core dump to aid in debugging

# Option "NoTrapSignals"

# Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><BS> server abort sequence
# This allows clients to receive this key event.

# Option "DontZap"

# Uncomment this to disable the <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> mode switching
# sequences. This allows clients to receive these key events.

# Option "Dont Zoom"

# Uncomment this to disable tuning with the xvidtune client. With
# it the client can still run and fetch card and monitor attributes,
# but it will not be allowed to change them. If it tries it will
# receive a protocol error.

# Option "DisableVidModeExtension"

# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local xvidtune client.

# Option "AllowNonLocalXvidtune"

# Uncomment this to disable dynamically modifying the input device
# (mouse and keyboard) settings.

# Option "DisableModInDev"

# Uncomment this to enable the use of a non-local client to
# change the keyboard or mouse settings (currently only xset).

# Option "AllowNonLocalModInDev"

EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Input devices
# **********************************************************************

# **********************************************************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
# For most OSs the protocol can be omitted (it defaults to "Standard").
# When using XQUEUE (only for SVR3 and SVR4, but not Solaris),
# uncomment the following line.

# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"

Option "AutoRepeat" "500 30"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"

# Option "LeftAlt" "Meta"
# Option "RightAlt" "ModeShift"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"

# These are the default XKB settings for XFree86
# Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
# Option "XkbModel" "pc101"
# Option "XkbLayout" "us"
# Option "XkbVariant" ""
# Option "XkbOptions" ""

# Option "XkbDisable"

Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Microsoft"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"

# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.

# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"

# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.

# Option "BaudRate" "9600"
# Option "SampleRate" "150"

# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button Microsoft mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)

# Option "Emulate3Buttons"
# Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice

# Option "ChordMiddle"

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of monitor sections may be present

Section "Monitor"

Identifier "My Monitor"

# HorizSync is in kHz unless units are specified.
# HorizSync may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

HorizSync 31.5

# HorizSync 30-64 # multisync
# HorizSync 31.5, 35.2 # multiple fixed sync frequencies
# HorizSync 15-25, 30-50 # multiple ranges of sync frequencies

# VertRefresh is in Hz unless units are specified.
# VertRefresh may be a comma separated list of discrete values, or a
# comma separated list of ranges of values.
# NOTE: THE VALUES HERE ARE EXAMPLES ONLY. REFER TO YOUR MONITOR'S
# USER MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT NUMBERS.

VertRefresh 50-70

EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of graphics device sections may be present

# Standard VGA Device:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Standard VGA"
VendorName "Unknown"
BoardName "Unknown"

# The chipset line is optional in most cases. It can be used to override
# the driver's chipset detection, and should not normally be specified.

# Chipset "generic"

# The Driver line must be present. When using run-time loadable driver
# modules, this line instructs the server to load the specified driver
# module. Even when not using loadable driver modules, this line
# indicates which driver should interpret the information in this section.

Driver "vga"
# The BusID line is used to specify which of possibly multiple devices
# this section is intended for. When this line isn't present, a device
# section can only match up with the primary video device. For PCI
# devices a line like the following could be used. This line should not
# normally be included unless there is more than one video device
# intalled.

# BusID "PCI:0:10:0"

# VideoRam 256

# Clocks 25.2 28.3

EndSection

# Device configured by xf86config:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel 810"
Driver "i810"
#VideoRam 8192
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
EndSection


# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "Intel 810"
Monitor "My Monitor"
DefaultDepth 8

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "640x400"
ViewPort 0 0
EndSubsection
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "640x400"
ViewPort 0 0
EndSubsection
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "640x400"
ViewPort 0 0
EndSubsection
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present. Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised. A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option. In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.

Section "ServerLayout"

# The Identifier line must be present
Identifier "Simple Layout"

# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens. The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen. In this example, screen 2 is located to the
# right of screen 1.

Screen "Screen 1"

# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used. Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
# "SendCoreEvents".

InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"

EndSection
 
Old 04-17-2003, 05:12 PM   #6
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I think we figured out the first problem.

It looks to me like you're editing /etc/X11/XF86Config

Instead, you should be editing /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

^that 4 means it's the config file for version 4.x (the 3.x and below had a different config file - ie. the one you posted).
; )
 
Old 04-17-2003, 09:15 PM   #7
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I noticed I had an XF86Config-4 file in there. But I've been using the xf86config utility to configure X, and it was outputting to the /etc/X11/XF86Config file. Or so I thought.

I'm going to upgrade X. I have "Running Linux" 3rd edition which details how to do this. I'll try it out tomorrow.

One thing, why doesn't XF86Setup work? Do I need to apt-get it?

Anyhoo, I deliberately tried with Debian because it's supposed to be harder to install, so I learn more. This is definitely a learning experience.

Cheers!
 
Old 04-17-2003, 09:17 PM   #8
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Oh, do I need to "uninstall" or anything for my old version of X? Or do I just act as if it's not there and it will "overwrite"?

Can you tell I'm a Windows user? (What else would I be, I guess. . .)
 
Old 04-17-2003, 10:04 PM   #9
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Unless you need the newest, meanest server (ie. you need to compile 4.3.x), just update your apt sources and get the testing version of X.

edit:

/etc/apt/sources.list
^add such a line as:
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian sarge main contrib

Notice that I have 'sarge' which is the testing version.
Then:
Quote:
apt-get update #updates the sources
apt-get install -t testing xserver-xfree86 #the current testing version is 4.2.1 - this should suffice unless you need to compile 4.3.x b/c you're drivers are not supported
Although you don't have as many options available as compiling, this should give you a rather decent system that works - you can always upgrade later, but atleast this one should work.
; )

Then, we can move onto editing that config file.

Last edited by cuckoopint; 04-17-2003 at 10:06 PM.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 11:57 PM   #10
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also a newbie, same problem

I just downloaded Debian Woody 3.0_r1 and I have the exact same problem (my XF86config and log file have the exact same stuff). I've got an Intel 810e, though. I'll check back here to see if you find a fix.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 11:01 PM   #11
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Anyone doing a search and coming up with this thread, better answers can be found at this thread: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=69605
 
  


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