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I have just installed Slackware 9.1 and it actually boots from LILO (this is after 8-10 trials). I am a complete Slacknewbie. What do I do now? It prompts me with "Dark....(i forget):#" and I enter "root" and "password". Then I don't know what to do? So, I try to be "cool" and I type "startx" (I saw this somewhere"), and I get black monitor syndrome. Nada! I tried evoking the 'man" only to get nothin that would help me.
I wanted to go to KDE or Gnome, both of which are installed. So I tried "kdeinit" (I deduced this somehow). Nothing. Well, I won't bore you. I just want to get to a desktop where I can begin to work with Slackware, which I have heard and read is excellent.
Well. I used the xf86config command. I must have done this 20 times--each time, I think, writing over the previous file. I kept getting errors even when I knew I had entered the correct information for my monitor (right out of the manufacturer's specifications--Dell 1800FP) and the correct video adapter NVIDIA GeForce and its specfications. Once, video did come on, but the graphics were huge--like 256's--so big that there was just enough space for a few words on the screen. I managed to find the logoff button, get out, reboot, and tried to config again. Nothing ever happened after that.
Questions: Did I actually successfully overwrite the config file (Slack told me yes after I asked it to)? Is there a way to delete the current video setting from the file and try again on a clean slate? Should I reinstall Slack all over again? I'm finding out that Slack is not very friendly to those who have never made it's acquaintance before.
It appears that you're issue is with the default resolution used, look at the /etc/X11/xf86config file (it's a while since I did this, might not be the exact name) with your fave editor (I use nano, but it's not standard, try "pico /path/to/file/fileName").
You'll find a lot of lines relating to different resolutions, try commenting them out with some #'s. Then save the file and retry startx-ing (or startkde-ing or whatever).
Alternatively try ctrl-alt-[numpad+] and ctrl-alt-[numpad-] to switch between video modes whilst using X.
I also needed to use "xvditune" (type alt-f2 to get the 'run command' box when in X and type it in) to set the placement of the screen correctly (make sure the 'auto' option is on otherwise it doesn't update as you change the H or V position), then click "apply" or "show" and it outputs the modeline to /var/log/messages or /var/log/xf86* and you need to copy the modeline to the relevant place in your xf86config file.
Thanks folks for your suggestions. I managed to get on the web (I'm writing from Slackware right now). That is an accomplishment I think, thanks to your help.
Now I don't have sound. Tried alsamixer but I don't know whether I did the right thing. All the bars were "off", i moved the cursor with the arrow keys and hit "M" (don't ask me why), and the off was changed. I saved the whole thing with "alsactl store", but still no sound. By the way I did not get the Alsa Warning I was getting before. I also don't know how to mount my CD/DVD Rom to play CDs.