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Old 10-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #1
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noob trying to fix a linux computer without reformating


ok so heres the problem. im not an expert but i belive its an x server issues or x windows issues or gnome. whats happeing is when you logg into the window manager gnome it will some time's freeze and then restart the whole computer without warning. somtimes it loads but it will start up with a red screen instead of gray or black with a the x cursor. and a square flashy mouse cursor that dosnt look liek a mouse cursor at all and when you move to any of the control bars it flashes the whole screen turns back to red and when you move off it goes back to normal. on top of it movies that require flash will pause, stop, not load after commercials, or just simply not work. it is 100% slower loading anything. programs such as deluge will open but stay white. soemthing some where broke and i cant find it plz help me get linux to work with out reformating it i have files i need to keep.
 
Old 10-05-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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Do you have another hard computer you can put the hard drive in to pull over any files you may need? That's what I would do.
 
Old 10-05-2010, 01:23 PM   #3
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take a look at your xorg log file in /etc/X11

If your Xorg configure files aren't there then your distro has put them in a non standard place. Read your distro docs. After you have found your xorg log file review it and see what you can figure out. If you wish you can attach it to a post as a plan text file or copy and paste.

Good luck to you
 
Old 10-05-2010, 04:07 PM   #4
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ok theres two files Xorg.0.log and Xorg.20.log there is a third old log file. now i tried posting them but there two big two post the whole file in a single post so is there a particular section that would help. looking over the files i didnt really see anything that may attribute to the problem but then again im not an expert.

ok i attached the files
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:11 PM   #5
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Actually, if they're not in /etc/X11, they don't exist at all.

Modern versions of Xorg auto-configure if there is no /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
 
Old 10-05-2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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yea but cant the log files be located in /var/log
 
Old 10-05-2010, 04:46 PM   #7
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Which distribution are you using?
Is this a new install?
Did it worked before?
Did you installed or upgraded something before the problem occurred?
I would start with a fsck from your HD.

Kind regards
 
Old 10-05-2010, 05:17 PM   #8
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yea but cant the log files be located in /var/log
I don't understand what you meant here.
 
Old 10-05-2010, 10:05 PM   #9
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to repo: im useing sabayon linux 5.4 gentoo based distro.
no this is not a new install. it did work before like say last winter its been installed for a year or more. they recently came out with 5.4 so i started updateing via the update manager. after about a month or so problems started to happen.

to MTK358: the only log files present on the computer are located in /var/log which holds about 10 or more files.

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Old 10-06-2010, 02:34 AM   #10
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What happens if you use a live CD?
Do you still have the X problems?
I would suggest to test the memory with memtest from a live CD.

Kind regards
 
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to MTK358: the only log files present on the computer are located in /var/log which holds about 10 or more files.
Log files and config files are unrelated things.
 
Old 10-06-2010, 08:24 PM   #12
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ok so it dosnt even matter any more i found out that the distro i use dosnt suport the branch the computer is so even if i got the x windows shit working i wouldnt be abel to update the computer to the new version. i guess ill just have to back up and reinstall such a fail. mmm partion tables how big would i want the root (/) i wanna setup my partion table so this dosnt occure even if i have to reinstall i wanna keep my /home on a seperate partion. and the programs i install via the package manager they get installed in /usr right soshould i make that seprate as well?
 
Old 10-14-2010, 12:17 AM   #13
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/ 5gb+ depending on how many apps you plan on installing.
/home the rest of your space
 
  


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