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Old 02-17-2008, 03:35 AM   #1
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Question Need help with display config and running a WM

I just got Damn Small Linux 4.1, loaded it on my pendrive, and got it running. So, I tried to start jwm and it says "Error: could not open display". Ok, so I have no idea how to config my display and I probably need my video drivers. I have no idea how to do either. My video card is an Nvidia Vanta LT which I have the current (Windows) drivers for. Do I need the Linux drivers? Or can I just set up the display in one of the config files? Also, is there a better (read "easier") WM I could get for DSL? I just don't know enough about Linux and I really need a window manager to better see what I'm doing.
Old 02-17-2008, 08:15 AM   #2
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I am using the enlightenment WM, but in your case I would give xfce 4 a try - never used it but for misterious reasons I think it's small, flexible, fast and easy to use.
I might be saying obvious things, but in order to avoid misunderstandings I tell you that you cannot start directly the window manager. In linux the gui works in a client/server mode, meaning you'll first have to start the server called "X", and after that your WM can be started. So, you should be able to start up X by typing "startx" and that should automatically start as well your window manager. X uses the configuration which is usually stored in a file called "xorg.conf", in my case in the directory "/etc/X11". In that file you could specify "vesa" (no kind of video accelleration) as video driver in order to avoid problems with that kind of stuff, at least until you get the WM working.


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