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Old 01-05-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Question Error unable to initialize video mode

What does that mean???? I am trying to download a new game for my daughter and downloaded it all but when I clicked on it, it had ERROR: unable to initialize video mode. I have no idea what to do. Please any info will help and asap. Thank you
Old 01-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #2
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That probably means that the game you were trying to launch wants to switch to a fullscreen mode, but (which Linux uses) is on your machine not configured in a way to provide the specific screen resolution the game wanted to switch to.

Alas, you didn't give enough information for a proper solution to your problem.
* Which distribution are you using?
* Which graphic card?
* What game is it? (To find out whether it uses SDL or something else)

Here is something you can try for now:
Many games provide an option to be started in "window"-mode instead of fullscreen.
Open a terminal, cd to the directory where the game is installed and start it from there, but append "--help" behind the command name (or "-h" if that didn't work)! Keep an eye open for an option that looks as if it starts the game in window-mode.


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