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Old 10-21-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
kraydl
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Hello Folks,
(first post so I have to be creative with the urls so I'm not blocked)

I got Mepis from here:
ftp dot wustl.edu/pub/linux/distributions/mepis/

Specifically:
SimplyMEPIS-3.3.1-1.iso

Burned to a CD and booted from it.

It went through its boot process to a login prompt where I logged in as demo/demo.

This left me at the demo user prompt >

What I'm confused about is the installation instructions here show that it should boot to the desktop GUI where you can run the INSTALL app as shown in this pic:
http colon //mepis.com/docs/installing-mepis/

Is there a command I need to invoke to get from the demouser command promot to that point? I didn't see anything in the install docs about it.

Doing a ls at the demo prompt shows me dirs such as Desktop, Documents, News, etc

ps. I also tried logging in as root/root with a similar result.

Thanks in advance from a wannabe XP convert.

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Old 10-21-2005, 06:40 PM   #2
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It should have taken you to the kdm login screen. Sounds like X wouldn't start.Do the same thing again and try startx after you log in. What kind of graphics card. Is it a laptop etc.?
 
Old 10-21-2005, 07:06 PM   #3
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Regular system box.
ATI x800 LE card.
 
Old 10-21-2005, 07:52 PM   #4
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I see it now during the boot... The error lines are:

(WW) Radeon: No matching device section for instance (BusID PCI:1:0:1) found.
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please report server errors and include /var/log/XFree86.0.log to ..... blah

XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

demo@tty1[~]$

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Old 10-21-2005, 08:49 PM   #5
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The problem is a bad /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file. See if you can change Radeon to ;
Driver "vesa"
Here just to give you an idea;
http://plg.uwaterloo.ca/~gvcormac/averatec.html
click on working version to see what I mean.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 11:57 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by comprookie2000
The problem is a bad /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file. See if you can change Radeon to ; Driver "vesa"
Unfortunately, I don't know how to modify that file. I've never used an OS from the command prompt. I'm using a live-cd version as well so files can't be changed if they need to reside on that disk. As a test, I downloaded and booted from a live-cd of Knoppix and all was fine there. I could read/write from a usb key drive I have, if the file change or driver can be placed there.

If anyone has the time to tell me how to make the change I need to do, I'd appreciate it.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 12:16 PM   #7
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The easiest way to fix this is in grub when your booting up the cd. Then your at the blue and white screen with the kernel options type: xdrvr=vesa this will show up in the little bar at the bottom. once thats finished press enter and boot up into mepis.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 12:20 PM   #8
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I'll try it thanks.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 09:49 PM   #9
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Okay, doing xdrvr=vesa got me past the command prompt to the desktop. But, my max resolution was 1024.

Is that a limitation of vesa? I normally run at 1600x1200 on my 22" monitor. If it is a vesa limitation, is there a way for Mepis to recognize my ATI Radeon x800 so I can get the higher rez?

Thanks.
 
Old 10-23-2005, 05:07 PM   #10
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Yes thats a limitation of vesa, and once you install you can install the official ATI driver and get your card working better
 
Old 10-23-2005, 06:37 PM   #11
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Great! Thanks all.
 
  


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