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Old 02-06-2002, 08:32 PM   #1
Zerubbabel
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XFree86 4.2.0 and KDE


Running Mandrake 8.1
Athlon 1700+
512MB RAM
EPOX 8KHA+

I'm trying to upgrade my XF86 and I downloaded the necessary binaries, installed, evrything worked great. Reboot... no KDE. When I try to 'startkde', I get a lot of

Can't start display ""

I can get into X, but when I run kde apps like drakconf they start off as just wire frames, but when I click the mouse button, they appear and I can use them. When I reboot to KDE, it won't let me log in as my user account. I can log in as root to the GUI, but it throws all sorts of warnings about doing such bad things as root in the GUI. How do I get in to KDE as my normal user? When I try to login it accepts my password, then returns to the login screen?

Need more info, let me know.

Thanks -
Z
 
Old 02-07-2002, 08:58 AM   #2
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Sounds to me like you're running TWM.

Instead of typeing startx try typing kdm.
 
Old 02-07-2002, 11:31 AM   #3
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How did you install it? Did you use source code or did you use the install script with the binaries? If you used the source, the new install overrights your old configuration, it tells you explicitly in the install instructions to backup your config. If you didn't do that, then you're going to have to manually edit all the scripts to run KDE again.

I don't use KDE, so I can't help you much there. I just updated to 4.2.0 using the binaires and the provide script and it worked perfectly. The only issue I seem to have had is the XFree86 -configure command doesn't want to work.. Keeps telling me it needs Glide2x libraries, which for some reason aren't installed, because it comes with version 3... but that's easy to fix, I hope anyway.
 
Old 02-07-2002, 01:12 PM   #4
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Yeah, When i installed XFree86 4.2.0 i just used the installation script and it asks you if you wanna overwrite any previous configuration files.

If you built from source i agree it will automatically distroy the old config files.


I'll see if i can get the config files for you.
 
Old 02-08-2002, 01:00 AM   #5
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i don't know what you were doing before... but you *need* to type "startx". simply starting KDE won't work cause kde needs a display to run on. hence why it says it can't find the display.

kde isn't X, it's just the window manager. X is the display environment, and any window manager is gonna need X in order to run, so if you don't start X first, then you'll never be able to start your manager.

hope this helps. :-)
 
Old 02-08-2002, 10:03 AM   #6
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All right... so from what I understand I've screwed up some of the config files loaded at boot. So I need to reconfigure them to startx and then load kde ('kdm' or 'startkde' ?) I'm pretty new to this, but I feel like I'm catching on quickly. Feel free to be as technical and granular as you like.

Thanks
- Z
 
Old 02-08-2002, 10:05 AM   #7
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Oh, yeah, I forgot that I had to abort my post from yesterday before submitting it... forgot to mention that I installed the binaries from the Xinstall.sh script off their ftp site.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 02-08-2002, 10:34 AM   #8
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Try editing your .xinitrc file and appending

exec kde &

I'm not sure if kde is the right command to start KDE, but slap in there whatever would normally start it.
 
Old 02-08-2002, 01:37 PM   #9
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My .xinitrc file is:

exec startkde
 
Old 02-11-2002, 12:50 AM   #10
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Ok. Long weekend, right, and I've solved most of my problems. I don't have XF86 4.2.0 installed, but I do have my nvidia driver in place, so that's the goal in the first place, and I'm happy. However...

Konqueror has this odd black box next to the address bar, as if some graphic or other didn't render...

Any thoughts/quick fixes?

If not, thanks. I appreciate all your help. Every day I learn a little more and a little more.

God I love Linux.
Why wasn't Windoze this good....
 
  


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