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Old 05-28-2005, 03:32 PM   #1
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Problem Need Help!!!! xorg.config

I am running Fedora Core 3 v.2.85 on a HP e-PC, 700mhz Celeron, 256mb RAM, Intel 810 Integrated Video, HP Pavilion M50 15" monitor.

Installation goes through without a hitch, and log on screen comes up fine except for a brief flash of garbled colors, otherwise the log on screen is fine. Then, no matter what desktop I start, I get the following display problem:

All icons appear normally, but when I try to open up a menu, I see only a dark outline until I move the mouse cursor over the empty area, then the menu items appear as the cursor passes over them. When I try to open up a window, I get only the outline of the window with the desktop in the background, and if I move the cursor over the window some of the items that are supposed to be in the window appear, others do not. When I try to close the window, it stays for a while, then parts of it disappear. I can't get in to run any commands from the desktop because I can't see anything. I've tried reinstalling several times, and I've tried rescue a few times, but to no avail. I've been able to play with the monitor settings in the KD desktop, but it's difficult because of the display problems. As I see it, the monitor should be set at 800x600 at 60hz, but I've tried all of the other options and nothing works.

I have looked at another post with identical problems, but that post said to "comment on the dri in xorg.config." How do I do this? I'm very new to Linux, but know windows well. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 05-28-2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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Well knowing windows does not help in this matter :P Just kidding. Once you get in the graphical mode press CTRL+ALT+F1 (you can press F2 or F3 or F4 for the same effect) to get to console mode. Don't be affraid of the command line. You said you use Fedora 3, so here is a brief explanation on how to comment out the dri part.

once you are in console mode (text mode) login using root as username and type in the root password.

To prevent REINSTALL copy the xorg.conf file first. type in the command:

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old

(in case you mess the original, you have a backup, which you can copy back, with the file names changed .old to original)

then run emacs (it's an editor) like this:

emacs /etc/X11/xorg.conf

it will open the xorg.conf file in the EMACS editor.

You will probably need to get accustomed to emacs, but here is a brief usage of the editor and a brief explanation of config files (ending with .conf ussualy).

config files:

lines that start with # are commented out, sou don't bother commenting those, as they are already commented out.

emacs usage:

to initiate a search in emacs, press CTRL+S (if you press anything else, just press ESC a couple of times to abandon any commands you might have started. The commands you initiate are printed in the bottom line of the screen. The word search should be printed in the bottom line of the editor. then just type in dri and it will find dri words in the file and highlight them. Just scroll down through the file to see the highlighted words and where they appear. I don't really know how to solve your problem, but it can't hurt to try things. Find the dri line and comment it out. You comment out a line by putting a # as the first character in that line. Any text from the # character on is considered a comment. You can place a # anywhere in the line and you comment the rest of the line out.

once you are done (the dri part commented out)
save the file, this is tricky to non linux users.

press CTRL+X, CTRL+S (this means you press CTRL+X and then press CTRL+S to save).

Again if you misstype, press ESC a couple of times to clear the line at the bottom of the editor.

ok, now all you have to do is restart the X server. press CTRL+ALT+F7 to get back to graphical mode.

Once in graphical mode, press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE (this will restart the X server, usefull if the X server lock up for any reason at any time, sure beats the reboot, which is usually not necesary.)

Hope your X works this time
Old 05-28-2005, 08:38 PM   #3
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Got It!!!!

I figured it out. Thanks very much for your help with emacs...I would still be contemplating suicide if you hadn't helped me out. I'm going to post a full solution to the problem on the boards.


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