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Old 08-28-2004, 05:36 PM   #1
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slackware 10 question


Ok, i wanted to know if slackware has a graphical interface? i have downloaded the 4 cds ( 2install and 2 with extras ) but havnt installed yet. Sry if this is a newby quest, i obviously am new to linux. Thanks
 
Old 08-28-2004, 05:41 PM   #2
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Yes. It includes Window Maker, KDE, GNOME, Fluxbox, and a few more. When you first boot up after the installation however, you will be presented with a command prompt. Just log on as root and type in the command "adduser" to add a new user for yourself. Next you'll want to log out of root, and log on as the user you just created. Finally, type in xwmconfig to select which window manager you'd like to use, and then type startx to start up the window manager.
 
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ok thanks man
 
Old 08-28-2004, 05:58 PM   #4
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The install has an ASCII-esque menu-driven process, though it's not graphical in the same sense that Ret Hat's is, et cetera. Welcome to slack!
 
Old 08-28-2004, 07:21 PM   #5
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You might want to do some reading before installing. It sounds like you don't know very much about what you are planning on doing. Just a freindly word of advice.

There are many good online books and docs about linux and slackware. Just google for them

Good luck. I hope you like Slack, its the best.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 09:50 PM   #6
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I'm also a noob to slackware 10, I successfully installed it.. added a user, and I chose fluxbox as my wm.. But when I type startx, my monitor blinks a few times.. and my monitor gives an error message "out of range"... does anyone know what that could mean?
 
Old 08-28-2004, 10:32 PM   #7
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It's most likely the vertical and horizontal sync rates of your monitor. You need to find out the right values for your monitor and then change them in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 10:58 PM   #8
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I'm also a noob to slackware 10, I successfully installed it.. added a user, and I chose fluxbox as my wm.. But when I type startx, my monitor blinks a few times.. and my monitor gives an error message "out of range"... does anyone know what that could mean?
First thing you should try is to hit Ctrl + Alt + NumPad-. That lowers the resolution right away, and perhaps the monitor would support that.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 11:12 PM   #9
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First thing you should try is to hit Ctrl + Alt + NumPad-. That lowers the resolution right away, and perhaps the monitor would support that.
I tried doing this, but nothing happens..

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It's most likely the vertical and horizontal sync rates of your monitor. You need to find out the right values for your monitor and then change them in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
uh, what? lmao ;x

I pushed ctrl+alt f1... and it says:
setting default value
failed to session.screen0.rootcommand
etc

oh i forgot, when i first turn on my comp it says "L 99 99 99 99 99" it'll scroll 99 for awhile, then stop and do nothing.. I can only load up slack with the boot disk.

Should I try reinstalling slack?
 
Old 08-28-2004, 11:50 PM   #10
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The problem with the booting is probably that lilo didn't get installed correctly. Try running /sbin/lilo and if there are any errors post them along with /etc/lilo.conf file.

As for the horizontal and vertical sync rate of your monitor, what is the make and model of it?
 
Old 08-28-2004, 11:54 PM   #11
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I have a princeton LCD 17" L71C.. Its not my monitor tho, its somethin with linux...

Im reinstalling now, should be done in a few minutes. Hopefully the reinstall maybe fixed w/e is wrong, cuz it says it wasnt finding the files.. Im using an old 6 GB hd, maybe its messed up, but linux didnt say anythin was bad on it.

i reinstalled, but i am having the same problem.. doh
i installed lilo on a floppy, and it starts fine..

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Old 08-29-2004, 12:41 AM   #12
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i can get startx to work in 480x640 or w/e the lowrest is. the sec i go higher i get error message, or it wont change and stay at 480. And im at 8 bit color, it wont support any higher, y is that so/. i got a rad 9700 pro.
 
Old 08-29-2004, 03:29 AM   #13
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What I think you should try is changing the horizontal and vertical sync rate values in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. I could not find your specific monitor by that company, but I found another 17" LCD made by them, so maybe try these values. What you need to do is open up the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file in a text editor as root, and scroll down until you find the monitor section. For the horizontal sync try changing the value to 24-82 and the vertical refresh to 55-76.

U-Toast:What is the error message?
 
Old 08-29-2004, 04:07 AM   #14
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What I think you should try is changing the horizontal and vertical sync rate values in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. I could not find your specific monitor by that company, but I found another 17" LCD made by them, so maybe try these values. What you need to do is open up the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file in a text editor as root, and scroll down until you find the monitor section. For the horizontal sync try changing the value to 24-82 and the vertical refresh to 55-76.
I hate to sound like a super noob, but how do i do this?
edit /etc/x11/xorg.conf ?, all i got is the command line thing.
I switched monitors, to my 17" CRT... and instead of getting the "out of range" error from my monitor, all i see is grey/red/orange lines over n over.

i just saw a msg run across the screen, "loaded ext2 .... read only" is that right? if its not how do i make it read/write..(hda)

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Old 08-29-2004, 05:15 AM   #15
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if you have a prompt, do the following:

login: root
password: [root's password]
# cd /etc/X11
/etc/X11# pico xorg.conf (you can use vi, vim, mcedit, any text editor you want)

The above will allow you to edit the file as recommended above. Now, as to how that works ... you login as "root" (the superuser) and cd (change directory) to "/etc/X11" (you could do this as "cd /etc" and then "cd X11" if you wanted). It drops you into that directory where you issue the command to run a text editor (in this case pico), and to open a particular file within it (this case xorg.conf).
 
  


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