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Old 11-14-2004, 04:16 PM   #1
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Fatal xorg error?

Ive got slackware 10 installed on my Dell 600m laptop with a kernel I compiled myself. Everything was working last night, but when I went to boot this morning and ran "startx", I got the following error:
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"

(EE) Failed to load module "speedo" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) Failed to load module "Keyboard" (module does not exist, 0)
(WW) VESA(0):  Failed to set up write-combining range (0xe9c00000,0x3f00000)
(WW) VESA(0):  Failed to set up write-combining range (0xe9800000,0x7f00000)
(WW) VESA(0):  Failed to set up write-combining range (0xe9000000,0xff00000)
(WW) VESA(0):  Failed to set up write-combining range (0xe8000000,0x1ff0000)
(EE) No input driver matching "Keyboard"
No core keyboard

Fatal server error:
failed to initialize core devices

XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
I am running fluxbox on this computer.
Old 11-14-2004, 04:28 PM   #2
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I don't know about your speedo error but in xorg you have to change the driver for keyboard to kbd.
Old 11-14-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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I actually had come across some other posts as I was searching for my solution that mentioned changing Keyboard to kbd as well. I tried it, and like you said, it worked. Im not sure what the speedo error is all about either, but it seemed to be fixed as well. Now I can boot into fluxbox fine. There was a minor problem with my style being distorted, but I just switched to and tweaked another, and it seems to be fine now. Thanks for the help.
Old 12-07-2004, 06:19 AM   #4
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according to the xorg.conf spedo is a font.
Old 01-01-2005, 02:56 PM   #5
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keyboard solution


I had the same prob with the keyboard and the following worked for me :-)

edit your XF86Config file and change from

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "Keyboard"


Section "InputDevice"
Driver "kbd"

Isn't it amazing! No idea what changed it intially, but there goes.
Old 01-23-2005, 09:35 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the information. I'm not a Linux Newbie but this came in helpful tonight after upgrading my Gentoo install to use the new Ati Drivers for 3D Acceleration. I don't know why they set fglrxconfig to set the driver differently
Old 01-29-2005, 07:15 AM   #7
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Having just hit this same error myself I would just like to say that using "kbd" instead of "keyboard" as a directive in the xorg.conf file sucks big time.

Personally one of my greatest bugbears with programmers is when a programmer is too bloody lazy to type out a meaningful keyword and uses a retarded shorthand form instead.

I just wish every programmer was forced to read "the principles of Unix programming" by Eric S. Raymond and would actually take the time to understand that the most important part of a configuration file is making it human readable. Computers can parse configuration files in nanoseconds, humans understand things better when they're named verbosely and clearly.

This change in keyword sucks big time and the designer should be utterly ashamed of themselves for making such an asinine change.

Oh well I guess I'd best go off to xorg and find somewhere to vent a bit of spleen. Bloody amateurs.


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