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Old 06-15-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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GUI Broken - Mandrake 9.0

GUI Broken - Mandrake 9.0:
My computer will not run graphical mode under Linux

PowerSpec p4 2.4 GHz

Mandrake Linux 9.0
Win XP Home
MacOS 8.1

I was using Mandrake's configure tool and I set my system from 1152 by 864 pixels and 256 colors to 15 bit (32 million) color. I told it 'ok' and rebooted. (Yes, I should have tested it. Stupid me. ) When it started again the screen went black a few times during the boot and then it failed to start the GUI. The text-only aspects seemed to be fine. When I restarted the computer it said: "Stopping Display Manager (dm) ... [FAILED]". All this made me think that somthing about the system could not deal with 1152x864@32bit and I should put it back to 256 color. But I don't know how to do that it text-mode. How would I do this? Am I even on the right track?
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Old 06-15-2003, 05:46 PM   #2
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Try using:
Old 06-15-2003, 06:03 PM   #3
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or xf86config - if you want to move away from relying on distro specific tools (which is always a good idea)

The moment we all use the same tools, i reon, we'll all speak the same language, and the opensource movement will have an advantage MS can't contend with - Accepted standards AND superior performance.
Then again, you shell out all that money to have a specific distro that offers specific tools ... lord knows i bout SuSE an extra two times because i thought SAX was the epitemy of screen configuration ... $350 later i know that there are others just as good, AND i don't need it anyway.
Old 06-15-2003, 06:06 PM   #4
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XFDrake worked! (I didn't have the precise specs for my monitor and video card)

Thank you very much.

I am trying to completely switch over to Linux from XP and It is frustrating not knowing all the commands. I guess I'll learn them eventually


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