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Old 10-20-2008, 04:35 AM   #1
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Blackbox goes into limbo

When Slackware 12 was released I installed it in an oldish (1998) laptop with somewhat limited capacity.
At that time I only needed and installed the tty stuff (a ap d e ) and have been using it regularly.

Yesterday I thought I would like to try the blackbox window manager and I
installed everything in x and blackbox in xap.
I changed that link in/etc/X11/xinit from the default kde to blackbox.

On the command startx I see a quick flash of that Xauthority text.
Then the whole thing goes into limbo.
No response whatsoever from mouse or keyboard.
All I see is a blank screen.
If I switch off and start again it still works perfectly well as a tty only machine.

What have I missed ?

Any help on x-server fault finding appreciated.

Also maybe it was not necessary to install all of x.
What packages are needed just to get blackbox running?


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Old 10-20-2008, 11:02 PM   #2
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You did run the 'xorgconfig'? You can 'man xorgconfig' to get a better understanding of the command.
Old 10-21-2008, 08:11 AM   #3
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I will try xorgconfig this evening.
The manual is not exactly verbose.
I might not know all the answers.

Yesterday evening I tried X -configure.
It gave me a configuration file and encouraged me to try
X -config /root/ but it only went into limbo again.

As I installed all of x I could also try twm.

Old 10-21-2008, 08:26 AM   #4
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If xorgconfig is confusing for you I suggest that you try xorgsetup. xorgsetup will automatically generate xorg.conf for you and set-up x windows for you. If that fails you can try to manually edit xorg.conf (see below).

# nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

You can run # xwmconfig to change the environment that you use (KDE, Blackbox, etc., depending on the environments that you've installed of course)
Old 10-23-2008, 06:52 AM   #5
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After trying a few of these tools I settled for this one :-

xorgcfg -textmode
This gave an easy to use menu.
It stayed in tty.

After a lot of trial and error I found something that did not go into limbo.

However it did not startx.
It gave up with the famous last words :-

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed' Foundation list this as by far the most popular FAQ.

Comparing it with another Slackware installation which works I dont see the difference.

This is the first time I have had to look at X.
Always worked out of the box before.

Anyone know how to read those font.alias files?
What font is fixed looking for?


Seems a few others have had this type of problem recently.
Will be trying ideas posted by keefaz.

Last edited by jowa45; 10-23-2008 at 10:47 AM.


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