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Old 09-27-2003, 12:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy X is messing with me, or something is...

Short System Summary:
GF3 Ti200
Athlon 1 Ghz
512 ram (original)
SBLive! Value
Redhat 8.0 and windows XP (I only use XP when I have to, like for some games)

It started about nine hours ago.
First, I noticed when I tried to mount my vfat and ntfs drive, it did not recognise any hda partitions at all. I could only see the partitions / and /boot on hdc.
So I restarted. It recognised all the partitions properly, and everything went fine until X tried to start up.

I get the nvidia splash screen. I stays longer than usual, then it flickers. Then it flickers some more. Eventually it briefly flickers by the bash login prompt, wich I can type in while it's there. I takes a few cycles to login as root and change the runlevel.
After that, I've got a fully functonal system without X.

I did try with recompiling and reinstalling the nvidia drivers, but it didn't help.

None of the logs I checked showed anything odd either. The system log just showed everything as ok up until the change in runlevel or system restart.

I haven't tried changing from the nvidia driver to nv in the XFree86.config(that's it's name? I've forgot)

I've pretty much ruled out hardware failure, as my card works fine in windows.

Please, any help appreciated! Sorry, don't have any logs right now, as I'm in windows atm. I don't think Lynx could handle the boards
Any particular logs that might be interesting, I can get next time I enter linux...

Really hate when things like this happens.

And no, I didn't fiddle with any system settings recently or when this happend.

Thanks in advance!
Old 09-27-2003, 02:09 PM   #2
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Ok, I'm a bit closer to the solution:

The end of my XFree86.0.log:

Couldn't load XKB keymap, falling back to pre-XKB keymap
Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

If you encounter a server crash, please report the problem by filing a bug
report in the bugzilla at and/or Red Hat
bugzilla at When filing your report, it
is very important that you explain your problem in as much detail as possible,
and include a complete description on how to reproduce the problem. After
submitting the bug report, attach the following files as uncompressed
individual file attachments using the bugzilla file attachment feature:
- X server log file: /var/log/XFree86.0.log
- Kernel log file: /var/log/messages
So, how do I fix this?

The reason I didn't reflect over this before, is that I tried to run startx as user, and it allways errors out when I do.
Running it as root, however, usually works.
This time it didn't.

Forgot my X86FreeConfig(can never remember the name)
I'll get it next time around

Thanks again

Anyone knows why stuff like this happens?
Old 09-27-2003, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've solved the problem!
I'm a bit tired (actually, very tired), and I just realised that I could do a search now that I know what the problem was

Well, thanks for your interest anyway


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