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Old 10-14-2003, 07:58 PM   #1
Yurich
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linux 7.3: running startx gives a bunch of errors


i'm a complete noob in linux and just started to get myself acquainted with this os... after installation linux red hat 7.3 i got apparently stuck... during installation i specified to have graphical login, which never happend and i had to login in the text-base mode... by the way, i specified to use GNOME, the LILO boot loader, and didn't sepcify any network settings (after the thrid trial)... so, after i logged in, i tried to run startx to get into the Windows X and got the following errors (it's not listed exactly as it was on the screen since a whole screen was filled with message but all errors specified are listed):

Parse error of sector Keyboard (there were two errors)
(EE) Problem parsing the config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()

Fatal server error:
no screens found

... some more informative messages...

X10: fatal 10 error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0" after 0 requests (0 know processed) with 0 events remaing

well... have no idea where to start from and what to do... i specifed generic 105-key keyboard... didn't have any problem in setting X Windows System... and even spotted a message saying something like "X System initialized successfully" at the very end of the setup process...
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Old 10-14-2003, 09:40 PM   #2
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well first off to get into basic gui in red hat it's best when installing to use the vesa video drivers and a monitor resolution of 1024x768 at 16 bps. run this command and reconfigure X:

Xconfigurator

basically do not probe when prompted to probe. just put in the right values for things like memory. but choose the vesa video driver, your monitor if listed (if not choose a generic monitor). after finishing this, you should be able to startx. you won't have any 3d acceleration. you'll need to go to your vid card vendor (nvidia, ati, etc...) and download/install the video drivers that match your kernel version and edit your /etc/XF86Config-4 file.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 10:19 PM   #3
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thanks for your reply,
i tried to run Xconfigurator and after i pressed "OK", i had an error message saying:
Segmentation fault

then Xconfigurator closed but the screen was still bulue and had all messages and options on the top and buttom... above the bottom options (tap/alt-tab and etc), i had my prompt...
 
Old 10-14-2003, 10:24 PM   #4
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i'd do this.

at your command prompt:

0. if not logged in and at the command prompt, log in as root. if logged in your user account, type this command: "su -" (no quotes).

1. vi /etc/inittab

2. using your cursor keys (the left, right, up, down arrow keys), navigate to this line and put the cursor right over the 5:

id:5:default

3. press your "x" key. that will delete the 5.

4. press your "i" key. that will put you into insert mode.

5. type "3" without the quotes.

6. press your esc key. that will put you back into vi command mode

7. type ":" without the quotes. that will put the cursor to the command line of vi

8. type "wq" without the quotes. that will save the file and exit vi.

9. reboot and try Xconfigurator again.

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Old 10-14-2003, 11:12 PM   #5
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thanks for your reply,
there wasn't such line as id:5:default, it was id:5:initdefault...
first i change 5 to 3 and kept initdefault, restarted a machine and had the same error message saying "Segmentation fault", then i chenged my initdefault to default after which linux asked me for the this level during rebooting, i entered 3, and had the same error again (
 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:17 PM   #6
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the line you want to change is indeed: id:5:initdefault

that needs to be changed to -> id:3:initdefault

sorry about that.

that will tell linux to boot into multiuser command line mode. where are you getting segfaults? when linux is booting up or when you try to run Xconfigurator?

Last edited by megaspaz; 10-14-2003 at 11:18 PM.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:20 PM   #7
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also what kind of hardware are you running?

try this command:

strace Xconfigurator
 
Old 10-16-2003, 03:25 PM   #8
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thanks for replies,
a segfault happens when i press 'OK' button on the Welcome screen of Xconfigurator... strace Xconfigurator doesn't want to run since it can't find strace (...

my hardware:... what did you actually mean by this??
here is just some specs, if you need more, please specify:
P 200 MMX, 64MB RAM
video: S3 Trio64, sound: Creative SB16, NIC: AMD PCNET

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