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Old 09-30-2001, 05:18 PM   #1
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Can't use X again!


Greetings...

After installing Slackware 8 yet ANOTHER time, it was successful...except that I can't use X. I have already re-configured X, and whenever I try to use the 'startx' command, I get a mess of scrolling messages, the screen goes blank, then I'm put back in the shell, because I get an error: "Fatal server error. No screens found." So, uhh, how can I fix this? I have an i810e video/graphics card. If it's a video card issue, I have a driver for it, but it's in RPM format. Any help is appreciated!

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Old 10-01-2001, 01:51 AM   #2
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/var/log/XFree86.0.log will have the exact error for where X failed.
 
Old 10-01-2001, 11:39 AM   #3
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Colonel, same thing happened to me with Slackware 8

X just didn't accept the driver "nv" for my Geforce 256 DDR.
So I made a new Xconfig file as follows:

As root from the console (text only
no GUI) try

XFree86 -configure

X will create an XF86Config file for you in the directory from which you
ran XFree86 -configure. Then try

X -xf86config XF86Config.new

to check the new XF86Config file. If it works backup the old/original
XF86Config and move the new file to the correct place.

mv /etc/X11/XF86Config /etc/X11/XF86Config.bck
cp XF86Config.new /etc/X11/XF86Config

It worked for me. But then you have to play with the resolutions. I hope you know the specifications of your monitor. Anyway it is trial and error if you don't...

Also, be careful with the new driver. It may not be that easy to add the new driver, try to read the manufacturer's details. NVIDIA's new driver comes with a bulky pdf file!

To change the rpm to tgz: rpm2tgz filename.rpm

Hope it helps!
 
Old 10-03-2001, 06:28 PM   #4
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Well, I don't have a NVidia. I *ACTUALLY* have one of those stupid onboard 'cards'; an i810e. I got the monitor resolutions, so I guess I'm good to go. Just a problem: whenever I try to do a chmod +r to the log file (as root, or course.), it works fine. However, when I try to access the file, I get access denied. Am I doing something wrong???

thanks for the help!

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Old 10-03-2001, 09:29 PM   #5
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Try "chown root.users XFree86.0.log" and "chmod 644 XFree86.0.log"
 
Old 10-03-2001, 11:39 PM   #6
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thanks. it worked.

I did the chmod thing, and it worked. I tried apollonius' advice, but it doesn't work. What do I do if your advice DOESN'T work? Here's what the log says:

/var/log/XFree86.0.log: XFree86: command not found
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: protocol: command not found
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: Release: command not found
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: If: command not found
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: newer: command not found
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token '(s'
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: reporting problems (see http://www.XFree86.org/FAQ)

I don't know for sure if there is a /var/log/XFree86.0.log line in the last one. SOOOO, what do I do? THanks for any help.

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Old 10-04-2001, 12:06 AM   #7
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Ok, this is the first 18 lines of my XFree86.0.log,
Code:
XFree86 Version 4.1.0 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6510)
Release Date: 2 June 2001
 If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
 newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
 reporting problems.  (See http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.2.19 i686 [ELF]
Module Loader present
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Wed Oct  3 21:12:42 2001
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
         (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
         (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) ServerLayout "Simple Layout"
(**) |-->Screen "Screen 1" (0)
(**) |   |-->Monitor "My Monitor"
(**) |   |-->Device "NVIDIA GeForce"
You need to look at the end of the log for "(WW) and (EE)" markers, and post the output here for us to look at.
 
Old 07-01-2002, 09:16 PM   #8
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I'm so sorry...

This has been neglected by me for MONTHS. I am terribly sorry.

I will get the information needed as soon as possible. Much has been occuring, so that's why I have basically dissappeared...

forgive me...

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Old 07-02-2002, 04:09 PM   #9
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OK, I got it

I got the output now. Umm...I don't see the (EE) or (WW) place. It says this:

/var/log/XFree86.0.log: protocol: Command not found.
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: release: Command not found.
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: if: Command not found
newer: need exactly 2 arguments
Try 'newer --help' for more information
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token '(s)
/var/log/XFree86.0.log: line 7: 'reporting problems.

So what should be done?

Once again, sorry for not doing this earlier. I had no internet access at the time. I hope you guys (non-gender) didn't forget about this thred!

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