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rdx 10-26-2013 09:58 AM

X11 troubles, HP p7-1512 with Intel onboard grapics, HP LE1911 monitor
I have a new HP Pavilion p7-1512 computer and I just installed a 2nd drive for Slackware 14. I ran Xorg then tweeked the sync rates to match what the monitor manual specifies. When I run Xorg the screen goes black and when I <Cntl-alt-BS> it returns to cli mode. The log seems to have correct values. But when I run xinit the monitor says "going to sleep" and I lose touch with the system and I have to cycle power to get it back. All the hardware works together fine under the Win 8 OS shipped with the machine. I don't do Linux installs very often I last did a Slackware version 11 years ago so I forget how one time to the next. Can someone give me some guidance please?

PTrenholme 10-26-2013 01:59 PM

What happens if you don't "tweek" the sync rates, etc. (The X-server reads those from the EDID of the monitor.) In fact, what happens if you delete (or rename) your xorg.conf file and then start the X-server? (Current X-server implementations only need an xorg.conf file for very unusual drivers and/or monitors, and yours seems quite standard.)

rdx 10-26-2013 07:17 PM

Okay, I took your advice and it seems to work a bit better but in the end the same thing happened. When I start xinit a screen comes on which first shows a HDD, then crossed wrenches or something then a couple other icons come on as the program progresses. With the xorg.conf I tweeked, the monitor went to sleep after the wrenches. Removing the xorg.conf causes more icons to appear before the monitor passes out. One immediate problem is that the monitor prefers a 1280x1024x60 resolution but xorg doesn't seem to like that. 24 bpp is also preferred as opposed to 32 bpp. Anyway, I'm not sure this solution is progress but thanks just the same.

I don't don't know if it's relevant but this is a quad-core 64-bit Intel processor.

PTrenholme 10-28-2013 01:25 PM

From your description it seems to me that you're booting a KDE desktop manager. Perhaps a different desktop might work better, or - this is unlikely - a different login manager. (Um, I assume you're loading kdm with kde, but, if not, you could try that.)

Another thought: Try moving ~/.kde to, say, ~/.kde_old and rebooting. That should force KDE to regenerate you desktop settings. (You might also consider looking at /etc/kderc, and the default files that setup program references, to see if there is anything strange in them.)

Note: If you're doing all this from a terminal, and you haven't already done so, installing the "Midnight Commander" package (or, if you've used it, emacs) might make your life somewhat easier.

rdx 10-29-2013 01:19 AM

The problem is with KDE. Other window managers work but they have font glitches. Xinit alone works and brings up a screen I can work from. Thus the problems all appear to be software rather than hardware. Thanks.

The one remaining issue is that Xorg wants to use 24bpp and the monitor wants 32bpp. setting xorg.conf to 32bpp results in an error. Setting Xorg to 24bpp results is a screen which is generally right but has text hashed up and unreadable.

PTrenholme 10-29-2013 01:27 PM

Well, I don't know if I can offer much more advice. I only thought I have is that if you use the "Display and Monitor" item in the "Hardware" section of the "System Settings" application, those settings are restored when KDE starts. If you have incorrect values set there, they will override any xinit settings you make when KDE starts. (I use a dual monitor set system, and, if I detach one monitor but forget to change the KDE monitor settings, when I reboot I find things somewhat messed up.)

Also, when I boot KDE, the KDE boot screen is displayed on both screens until the boot is finished and the K in the box displayed. At that point, the left-most screen displays the final boot image, and the right screen is black. When you described your problem, I wondered if your system may, at some time, have been configured as a multiple monitor system, and those settings were somehow inherited by your current system. (That's part of why I suggested "grandfathering" ~/.kde and restarting de novo.) The newer KDE (the 4.11 series) is somewhat more intelligent about multiple monitors and desktops, but, still I thought it might be a (very remote) possibility.

So, my final thought is: :scratch:

rdx 11-15-2013 07:42 AM

Final solution to problem
After trying all sorts of configurations I decided to buy a graphics card so I picked up a GeForce 210 and deleted the xorg.conf file in /etc/X11. That solved all the problems. Apparently Xorg doesn't handle the Intel HD graphics.

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