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Old 07-11-2003, 11:58 AM   #1
mikempg4
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slackware and xfree86 install


I have the slackware 9 install cd and have done a full install. I had no problems with the installation and slackware runs. However, when i type startx to begin xwindows i get a "command not found" error. I did a complete full install from the cd, and i have all the X11 directories. I have been trying to figure this out for a few weeks now, and not getting too far as this is the 1st time i've tried to setup and use linux. I have been reading through all the faq and how-to files that slackware installed but everything seems to be for fixing problems with xwindows after it is running and assumes startx does something. I have tried re-installing a few times but each time it is the same. Any help is greatly appreciated. My computer is home built with a soltek SL-75 MRN L motherboard that has a built in geforce4 MX card.
-mike
 
Old 07-11-2003, 12:19 PM   #2
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Same problem with Slackware 9.0 in one of my boxes (other boxes seems to be running ok). The solution was using an older Slackware... 9.0 is nasty, unfortunately.
Anyway, if this is you first Linux install ever, I would recommend you RedHat though
 
Old 07-11-2003, 12:20 PM   #3
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Please post the output of:

ls /var/log/packages/*xfree*

Lyle

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Old 07-11-2003, 01:22 PM   #4
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Old 07-12-2003, 10:50 AM   #5
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i will post the ls of the xfree package directory tomorrow, my computer is at my appartment and internet is here at the office. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 01:27 PM   #6
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Lyle:
ls /var/log/packages/*xfree* returns

xfree86-docs-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-docs-html-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-fonts-100dpi-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-fonts-cyrillic-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-fonts-misc-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-fonts-scale-4.3.0-noarch-1
xfree86-xprt-4.3.0-i386-1
hope that means something to you
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Old 07-13-2003, 12:28 PM   #7
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The XFree86 base package didn't get installed for some reason.

You'll need to install the xfree86-4.3.0-i386-2.tgz package as follows (the command prompt will look a little different on your maching; it's what's after the $ or # character that's important to type):

1. Become root:
lyle@poole$ su
Password:<type your root password>
root@poole#

2. Mount your Slackware 9.0 install CD:
root@poole# mount /mnt/cdrom

3. Install the XFree86 base package:
root@poole# installpkg /mnt/cdrom/slackware/x/xfree86-4.3.0-i386-2.tgz

4. Configure Xfree86:
root@poole# XFree86 -configure

5. Go back to being a normal user:
root@poole# exit
lyle@poole$

6. Run startx, and cross your fingers:
lyle@poole$ startx

Hopefully that'll get you started!

Lyle
 
Old 07-13-2003, 01:57 PM   #8
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Originally posted by Megaman X
9.0 is nasty, unfortunately.
Speak for yourself. Just because you don't know how to get it working, doesn't make it "nasty".
 
Old 07-14-2003, 12:14 PM   #9
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thanks a lot lyle, I will give it a try tonight.
-mike
 
Old 07-14-2003, 03:16 PM   #10
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I also had a bunch of weird problems installing X that I couldn't figure out and finally I just downloaded Slackware all over again and installed off a new cd and it just worked fine. If nothing else works you might try that.

soup
 
Old 07-15-2003, 02:44 AM   #11
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so, i found out that the problem i have is with the cd. For some reason that specific package is currupt. It doesn't finish the install and on a windows computer it can be seen on the cd but not copied. So, time to find a new cd. Thanks a lot for your help lyle.
-mike
 
Old 07-17-2003, 05:48 PM   #12
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@Locura

That's just my opinion, so indeedly I'm speaking from myself. I did not ask you opinion over mine though. And yes, 9.0 is quite nasty...
 
  


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