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Old 09-30-2004, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Fedora Core 2 Display problems


Hi everyone, I need some help badly with my Fedora installation. Please respond if you have any idea even remotely how to solve this.

I installed Fedora 2 core today on a Dell Optiplex GX270 with a Dell 1703 FP monitor. Linux boots fine with a few exceptions. Most notably the X display wont open;

the log in states: unable to open X display:1

Checking the error messages I found the following errors:
1. Fatal server error: no screens found
2. I8010 (0) No video bios modes for chosen depth
3. screens found, but none have a usable configuration

I attempted to edit the display configuration using the configure-system-display but that wouldnt even open as the X graphics simply do not work.

Does anyone know how to solve this, please descibe it at a very basic level, I am very much a novice when it comes to linux.
 
Old 10-01-2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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Hi RedRaven!

I've got some cards up my sleeve for you, but first try this:
system-config-display --reconfig
This means that the display config program will start from scratch and skip the old (and in your case broken) configuration file.

Martin
 
Old 10-01-2004, 01:55 PM   #3
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Hi Martin,
Thanks for responding, I tried system-config-display --reconfig, and it failed. The following message was displayed:

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/share/system-config-display/xconfig.py", line 413 in ?
hardware_state.merge_into (xconfig)

Name Error: name 'hardware_state' is not defined

Does this help at all? any ideas?
thanks,
 
Old 10-01-2004, 02:18 PM   #4
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Hi again!

Did you type in this from the display? I can't find the file xconfig.py (it's probably xconf.py) and the line seems to be 423, not 413.

This config program is written in python. I'm no expert in Python, but it actually seems to be an error in the code regarding a variable. What do you want to do? Do you want me to give you instructions on how to fix the file or should I e-mail you a fixed file with instructions?

I'll have to do some testing first. Tell me which solution you prefer.

Back soon!
Martin
 
Old 10-01-2004, 02:44 PM   #5
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Sorry, I'm rather tired and Python is not a language of choice for me. Actually, Python is not a programming language, it's more like one of nature's mistakes.

After this little rant ... Try to get rid of your old config file altogether. As root, type the following commands:
cd
mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf . (Notice the lone dot at the end)

This will move the broken config file to root's home directory. After that, run
system-config-display
without any argument. It should try to make a new file for you from scratch.

Hope it helps
Martin
 
Old 10-02-2004, 01:01 PM   #6
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Hi Martin,
I moved the file but it didnt seem to work, it still said it cant start the interface.
Any other Ideas?
 
Old 10-03-2004, 02:17 AM   #7
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No more ideas, I'm afraid. Something must have gone terribly wrong during install. This probably requires a lot of tinkering or a reinstall. Maybe reinstalling is easier?

Good luck!
Martin
 
Old 10-03-2004, 02:33 AM   #8
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hey Martin,
Thanks for the help, I just reinstalled Fedora and added a bunch more development packages. It still didnt work so I tried the last idea about moving the config file. It worked. It turns out the driver for the monitor didnt work, so I changed it to generic and it seemed to work. Thanks for all the help. Cheers
 
Old 10-03-2004, 03:52 AM   #9
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Good to hear! Glad I could help.

Martin
 
  


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