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Old 06-14-2005, 02:21 PM   #1
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Desktop Problems - solved


I finally got it to load a desktop environment, but it looks very very bad...

http://img77.echo.cx/img77/4509/screenshot1fx.th.png

I thought I was getting KDE but this is no where close to the KDE I saw on the Knoppix Live CD...

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Old 06-14-2005, 03:16 PM   #2
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Hmmm... That seems to be the default Gnome desktop, not KDE.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:22 PM   #3
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Yeah I got KDE to load instead of gnome, but the color problem is still there. WHen I open Moxzilla I get hot pink and green horizontal lines across the screen, and all of the pictures are "speckled." I just picked "vga" on the video card selection screen at setup becuase I don't know what kind of video this PC has (it's onboard and I can't find documentation). Is there an app I can run to fiddle with the video settings?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:31 PM   #4
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What's the brand of the computer? You may be able to go to the manufacturer's site and get the specs for it... Otherwise you may be able to use "xvidtune" (I THINK that's the name of it, I'm not at my Linux machine right now so I can't just go digging through my XFree directory to find it )

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Old 06-14-2005, 03:40 PM   #5
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Well, it is in a Gateway box and it says E - 4200 on the front, but there is no listing for e4200 on the Gateway site. I found some other stuff though, but it says the E-4200's have AGP, but this has onboard video... So I went searching for the intel chipsets for P3 800's that had onboard video but couldn't find any documentation that was useful.

I found one post that said to use the Intel i810 chipset setting and that should work.

SO now my question is, how do I go in and change the chipset to the i810? Is there a way to re-run the setup wizard that I went through when it first installed?

Thanks for all of the help!

Right now I'm just glad I got it to detect the mouse and load a desktop, even if it does look horrible atm.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:59 PM   #6
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Not sure how the Knoppix setup works, but you should be able to re-run it and choose the i810 driver at some point. If you want a REAL learning experience, you could also try to edit your Xorg.conf file (mine's in "/etc/X11", yours may be somewhere else). The relevant text is in the "Graphics device section", specifically the lines 'Section "Device"' You should see something like this for an i810 chip (fortunately that's what I used to use, still have those lines commented out ):

Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel 810"
Driver "i810"
Option "DPMS"
VideoRam 4096 Yours might be different
EndSection


As always, when editing a config file, MAKE A BACKUP BEFOREHAND!!!

Hope this help
 
Old 06-14-2005, 04:38 PM   #7
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I ran dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 and changed it that way - but there was no autodetect for the mouse - the first time I went through setup it autodetected... SO the changes worked, the desktop looks great, but now the mouse doesn't work. Do you know which option I should pick for a PS/2 mouse? I was picking /dev/input/mice but that wouldn't work, so I picked ttys1 (or something) and it loaded KDE but the pointer won't move...

How do I get it to autodetect the mouse??
 
Old 06-14-2005, 04:53 PM   #8
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lol...

a serial mouse eh? nice...

you can edit the xorg.conf file and change ps2 to

ttyso/com1 or might be com2

Regards
Richard
 
Old 06-14-2005, 04:57 PM   #9
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sorry, read your post wrong.... should be

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:03 PM   #10
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Where do I put that information?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:04 PM   #11
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xfree86.conf

you will see the mouse section
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:19 PM   #12
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I can't make changes to that file unless I'm loggined in as the root, but the login screen won't let me log in as root...
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:20 PM   #13
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ctrl-alt-F1
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:44 PM   #14
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OK I figured out how to make the changes but they didn't work. Is there another directory where the mouse is located?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:47 PM   #15
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hmmm, no that should work... did you restart xserver or reboot?

you can skip the 'explorer' part of the ps2... but quite frankly am stunned it has not picked up your mouse. I can remote to get a xserver config file from a deb box if it helps...
 
  


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