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Old 07-15-2001, 02:44 PM   #1
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Exclamation xfree86


I just downloaded and installed Xfree86. After installing it i went back into X and all the text were just boxes. Can someone help me?
 
Old 07-15-2001, 05:07 PM   #2
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Have you tried reconfiguring it? What distro are you using?
 
Old 07-15-2001, 06:05 PM   #3
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I'm using Red Hat Linux 7.1.
 
Old 07-15-2001, 07:06 PM   #4
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Quit X, and at the command line type:
Code:
startx &>/tmp/Xerrors    <--this syntax assumes you're using bash. For csh, transpose the & and >
This will start X, but will also create a file in /tmp called Xerrors, and write the standard output and standard error of the startx command to that file. Quit X again and type:
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less /tmp/Xerrors
to view the file. You can use the up/down arrows and pg up/ pg down keys to navigate. Look for any errors messages, especially those relating to fonts and font directories, and post your findings here.

Happy Hunting...

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Old 07-15-2001, 09:11 PM   #5
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There were no errors and I didn't see anything about fonts..

Anyway I am thinking of uninstalling Red Hat Linux and getting a new distro. Which one do you recommend for a newbie?

Also, how do I uninstall Linux?
 
Old 07-15-2001, 10:23 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, Redhat and Mandrake (which is very Redhat-like) are the distros that seem to be most newbie-friendly. Also, I think many people who are just starting out take the "install another distro" approach too quickly. Any distro has a learning curve and it's own quirks, and while another might set X up for you flawlessly, it might never recognize your modem. No distro is perfect and commpatible with all hardware. Sometimes you can lose more time switching/configuring distros than you would just working through the problem at hand. You may bleed a little, but you'll definitely know more when you're done.

Of course, this is just my $0.02 of rambling
 
Old 07-16-2001, 03:50 AM   #7
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what version of xf86 did you download?

i sounds like you didn't get any fonts along with it. can you give a listing of all the files you downloaded for X? (just the .tar.gz's )
 
Old 07-16-2001, 04:48 PM   #8
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I downloaded xfree86 version 4.1.0

I downloaded the 12 files it asked me to... I remember downloading a 15MB file of fonts.

Also earlier today I booted up linux and there was a clock in the corner and 2 terminal windows. I couldnt close any of them.
 
  


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