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Old 03-14-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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Cannot Start X

I am really new to even the newbies and on the second day of my linux life i have run into some trouble. I appreciate any help i can get from the forum.
The issue i have is that after runnning like a champ for some 16 hours my linux box when i rebooted would not go into the X mode. I get all kinds of error.
The last thing i had done was to install netscape 7.02
When i start the machine it fails to get into the X.
So i issued the "startx" command and i receive, fatal server error no screens found.
I tried to run redhad-config-xfree86 but it comes back with:

Couldn't start X server, trying with fresh configuration Fatal IO error 2 (Connection reset by peer) on X server 17:0

I have ATI Rage 128 video card and monitor is gateway EV700

Please advice

Thanks and have a great day.
Old 03-14-2003, 12:04 PM   #2
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Ummm...did you try:

XFree86 -configure

and then

XFree86 -xf86config /root/

If it works then you have to move to /etc/X11 like:

mv /etc/X11/XF86Config
Old 03-14-2003, 12:24 PM   #3
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thanks for the help.
I tried what you had asked me to do and then i went ahead and ran the next command then all i was able to see was the cursor (x) in dead center of the screen and nothing else came up.
Then i restarted the machine and it still didnot start the X. so i tried starting using startx and i got partial desktop. bits and pieces and then it hanged.

I am still at sea about this one.

Once again thanks for the help.
Old 03-14-2003, 01:51 PM   #4
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All you should have got was a screen with the cursor in the middle. Move /root/ to /etc/X11/XF86Config

I think the hanging my be something to do with your Window Manager(KDE, GNOME, enlightenment, wm2 etc). I suggest you try out a more basic window manager like evilwm of wmx. These can be freely downloaded. I recommend wmx.

To install, extract it wherever then go into the directory it exracted into

make install

(before you do this there is a config file you need to edit. read the docs that come with wmx)

That should have created a link in /usr/local/bin/ probably called wmx(look to check) if not there will be a binary in the directory you just compiled in. move this to /usr/local/bin rename it to wmx to make things simple, if it isn't already.

To run wmx go into you home directory and create a file called .xinitrc in .xinitrc you should have /usr/local/bin/wmx

then do startx


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