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Old 06-14-2005, 08:30 AM   #1
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How to get desktop to work in Slackware?

Hello. Totally new to Linux as of today. I have most things working, but I cannot start the X windowing system. It is slackware 10.1. Linux 2.4.29.
There is no command named xf86config or XF86Setup as the book described, nor SuperProbe. I can startx, but this produces a black screen, a short flicker of light, and finally a black screen and kde and x crash. I press ctr alt backspace to leave this and the messages left are as follows.
There is a slew of error messages I cannot scroll up to see, most ending in "specifiies undefined mimetype/servicetype "insertsomepathhere"...
The rest of it goes:
startkde: Could not start kdeinit. Check installation
Fatal IO error: client killed
kded: Error: Communication problem with kded, it probably crashed
Error: Can't open display :0
kdeinit: Can't connect to X Server
" "
" "
" "
Then it shuts down and exits.
Any suggestions on what I can do?
Old 06-14-2005, 08:55 AM   #2
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Have you tried the Configuration Help on the Slackware website? It has a great section on getting X to work properly:

Slack X Config Page

Hope this helps,

Old 06-14-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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Man. I must have missed that part. I haven't tried anything yet, but I believe this will do it. Thank you.
Old 06-14-2005, 07:40 PM   #4
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yeah, that link looks pretty up-to-date. basically everything changed from xf86 to xorg, so the file and path names changed. let us know if you still have trouble though.


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