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Old 05-21-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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Hi everybody,

I installed fedora core 3 on vmware. I have a P-4 3.0 512M.
I didn't seem to have any hardware problems but then......
when you first install a linux (or any other thing) on vmware, you're supposed to run something called vmware-tools so that the host and the guest on the vmware station will be able to comunicate more easilly.
to install the vmware-tools properly (and its the only way you can) you must run the app from a termina. i tried running it from the basic terminal i have in the GUI but it said it cannot operate while X is running (it handles many graphical aspects of the guest-host interface). so, after many (unsuccesfull) tries, I managed to change the init to 3 and restart to a full terminal screen.
now when I'm finished with installing the vmware-tools I try to enter startx and it won't start. it gives me a msg saying:
"I can't start the X server (the GUI). it seems that your curser device (your mouse) is not configured properly. would you like to view the err msg? "
while at the same time, i can see the curser cruising around in the terminal screen (well i'm not in a terminal screen exactly - its a graphical text-mode with a "yes - no" screen. when i enter "YES" it gives me the following msg:
"XFree86 version3.3.6 / X window system
(protocol version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6300)
release date: january 8 1999
if the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is newer
than the above date, look for a newer version before reporting
problems. (see "U R L")
operating system: linux 2.2.17 i686 [elf]
configured drivers:
vmware: server for vmware graphics adapters (patchlevel 0)
(using vt number 7)

XFB6Config: /etc/xf86config
(**) stands for supplied, (--) stands for probed/default values
(**) mouse: type imps/2, device: /dev/mouse, buttons: 3
(**) vmware: graphics device id: "svga"
(**) vmware: monitor id "vmware"
(**) fontpath set to "/usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/misc/ , /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/type1/ , /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/speedo/ , /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/75dpi/ , /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/100dpi/

vmware linux guest x server - version 10.3, build=

found svga adapter (0x1460,0x1461).
(**) vmware: option "hw_curser"
(--) vmware: bpp 32, depth 24, weight 888
(--) vmware: maximum allowed dot-clock: 1000.000 mhz
(**) vmware: mode "800x600": mode clock = 100.000
(--) vmware: virtual resolution: 800x600
visual: vid 32 class 4 red 0x00ff0000 green 0x0000ff00 blue 0x000000ff
error opening security policy file /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/xserver/securitypolicy

fatal server error:
cannot open mouse (no such file or directory)"
after i continue, it says - "would you like me to try running the mouse-configuring-app? you will need to enter the root password in order to do so..." and when i click yes, i have to enter the root pass and when i do, it gives me the mouse configuring screen, in which i choose my brand of mouse and press OK, and then it says "I will now try to restart X".
it flashed a few times - returning to the terminal screen every-once-in-a-while - and then finally gives me the same msg as the begining.
would the hell do i do now?... is the only problem the last line (error opening...) if so, what should i do?...
Old 05-21-2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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Try changing /dev/mouse to /dev/psaux in your xf86config or xorg.conf or xf86config-4 whatever you are using,good luck
Old 05-21-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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schloog, for future reference, please note that Help Needed is a bad thread title. Most threads here are from people needing help.

A more appropriate title would explain the problem so that any of the volunteer helpers here who might be able to help can have an idea of what the problem is to start with, such as "problem starting x in vmware".



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