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Old 10-06-2006, 09:49 PM   #1
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need help setting up Fluxbox


Hello there this is my first post so please bear with me
I recently installed Slackware 11 and choose kde as my window manager. Then I wanted transparency. I did this in kde but it was horrendous on my cpu a P4 2G(loading firefox for example would max out my cpu). Anyways i've tried switching to fluxbox using "xwmconfig" it seemed to go alright. I'd choose the fluxbox option but then it immediately returned me to the command line. I tried then to restart the x-server by hitting
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace and my screen just went blank black. After a minute or two I had to hit the reboot button on my pc. When I log into linux it just goes back to kde.
any ideas on why flux isn't loading would be appreciated.
also can't find kdmrc to add fluxbox to session types?

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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Uh, not being able to run KDE with all niceties on a P4 is a bad sign. I can run all the niceties with KDE on a pIII 1gHz w/ 256RAM just fine... but it seems like fluxbox either isn't installed or is having trouble starting. could you please post any errors in your Xorg logs?
 
Old 10-07-2006, 12:08 AM   #3
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By transparency, do you mean the composite extension stuff? If so, then if you don't have your graphics card's 3d drivers installed, then composite will slow the system terribly, despite the strong CPU.

mon75, make sure that your graphics card is capable of running the composite extension (which is needed for transparency). If it's an ATI or NVIDIA you may need to install the proprietary drivers, and these drivers should be enabled in the xorg.conf file.

Still, fluxbox should've run on a system where KDE could. Do you see any X11 error logs in /var/log?
 
Old 10-07-2006, 12:25 AM   #4
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My first guess would also be that your video hardware does not support Composite, or at least is not setup correctly.

Trying to do that in software will kill your performance.
 
Old 10-07-2006, 12:52 PM   #5
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The graphics card could be a problem

I have an integrated Asus P4GE-v motherboard, so i think it may very well be it's graphic component which is causing problems. Also all the log files seem alright, in so far as there are no errors reported in kdm.log, xorg.0.log or xorg.1.log
would edited/creating an xinitrc file be a solution, I once did that in suse 10 and it seemed to work with a few gliches
thanks again
 
Old 10-07-2006, 11:26 PM   #6
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If it's an integrated chipset, it could be Intel. Some intel chips are good enough for composite (i845-i915), when properly configured. As I asid, this may explai why KDE is slow, but still I don't see why screen went black when you tried fluxbox.
 
Old 10-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #7
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Maybe time for a graphics card

Given that the asus specifications say very little about the P4GE-V graphics capabilities I'm beginning to come to the realization that it may be time for a graphics card. I thank you all for the help however
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