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Old 08-20-2005, 10:19 PM   #1
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init: no screens found (pismo powerbook, debian)

Hello. I've installed Debian on my Pismo powerbook (G3/500, Firewire), and I'm unable to configure xfree86 correctly. I went to linux laptops dot com, which said "use this configuration file", but to my dismay the link to the configuration file was broken. If anyone has xfree86 running on a Pismo powerbook already, please post your configuration file for me, at least as a starting point.

The specific error I'm getting at the moment, when I run xinit, is "no screens found". I have DISPLAY=:0. In the original dselect configuration process, I specified the 'ati' chipset, and 1024x768@70 resolution/refresh. I'd post my entire configuration file, but I haven't figured out how to paste text into the lynx browser yet (if anyone has that little tidbit, do tell).

Thank you for any help.

- Jake
Old 08-21-2005, 04:32 AM   #2
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What does /var/log/xfree86.log file show for errors?
Old 08-21-2005, 02:51 PM   #3
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problem solved - thank you

Hi. Thank you for responding, but I've solved the problem. It seems that xinit reports "no screens found" at the end of its output regardless of the problem, which makes some sense because it couldn't initialize the screens along the way. I don't know what was causing the problem to begin with, but it could have even been a syntax error in the XF86Config-4 file. For posterity, I've posted the config file that got things working.

One last error shows up in the log, though: something about DRI not working because it couldn't load the r128 module. The r128_dri and r128_drv files are in the ModulePath (that was part of the change I made) but no luck. Since DRI seems to be non-critical, and more useful in graphics-intensive applications like games, I probably won't need them, but if anyone has any clues in that direction, please send them my way.

Incidentally, I'm using the IceWM window manager, and it works beautifully on this older G3 powerbook (Pismo), with 384MB of RAM. It's exactly what I wanted - I highly recommend it.

(I can't seem to cut from emacs and paste into firefox, so I can't post my config file here at the moment. I'll do so when I figure it out).

- Jake


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