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Old 03-01-2004, 02:36 PM   #1
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X starts but won't start gnome....

I posted this in the newbie forum but still can't resolve it......

I have a 16Mb Vanta graphics card. I ran

XFree86 -configure

which successfully identified the correct video card and monitor. The XF86Config file has been set up to use the 'nv' driver. However, when I startx using this config file, X starts OK - but it stays on the black and which checker screen with the X cursor. It doesn't start Gnome up as it is supposed to.

However, when using the default XF86Config file - gnome starts fine.

Is the nv driver not working? Or could there be something else in the config file that I should tinker with? xf86config and Xconfigurator don't seem to be included with my slackware 9.1 install......

Old 03-01-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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Please don't double post. One post is enough. You can 'bump' your old post to bring it to the top of the list.
This was already posted here:
Old 03-01-2004, 03:11 PM   #3
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easy fix...

I ran into this problem every time I rebuil or recompile a newer kernel...

All you have to do is edit your XF86 config file which is usually in /etc/ and called XF86Config-4

There are two key things you have to change, one is the modules, and the other is the device.

I don't know what they are set to know, but they should be set to glx or GLcore can't remember what I changed, and device Driver "nv".

Then you will be able to startx, where you should see an nvidia graphics logo screen for a sec, if all went well, then your xwindows should start normally.

Here is what your modules should look like:
Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-buffering
Load "GLcore" # OpenGL support
Load "dri" # Direct rendering infrastructure
Load "glx" # OpenGL X protocol interface
Load "extmod" # Misc. required extensions
Load "v4l" # Video4Linux

Again I'm not too sure what your have to replace for GLcore or glx but this is what it should look like.....

Also for the device part, you have to change the section for device Driver from whatever it is,
to Driver "nv". Like this:

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX (generic)"
Driver "nv"
BoardName "Unknown"

Again, all you need to do is add either GLcore or gtx whichever one you don't have and replace it with whatever matches to the modules, and then change Driver "whatever you have" to Driver "nv"

I think there is a more detailed resolution from the nvidia website.

Hope this helps!
Old 03-02-2004, 09:09 AM   #4
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What deviousdoses is referring to is when one who has the nvidia drivers recompiles his kernel, X stops working until you install it again. This does not appear to be your problem, because you use the "nv" driver that came with X, and the nvidia driver is referred to as "nvidia".

Slackware has an automatic configuration program for the ~/.xinitrc file. Run 'xwmconfig', and select the window manager or desktop enviroment you want.
Old 03-02-2004, 01:41 PM   #5
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I now have two XF86Config files - both are almost exactly the same - same monitor driver, same display driver (nv, not nvidia). One lives in /etc/X11 and is used when I type


and the other is in /root/ and is started by calling

'XFree86 -xf8gconfig /root/'

I have stripped out all the comments from both files and am slowly getting them more and more similar - but the one in /etc/X11 works fine, and the other won't start gnome.

I will get to the bottom of it tonight - I'm down to matching the identifiers and font file paths now.....


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