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Old 07-06-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Problems running X

Hello, all, This is my first post, and I am sure my problem is a typical newb problem, but please bear with me.
I am a relatively savvy Windows user, there is not much that I find confusing in the windows world. ( I am a network tech by trade)But now that I am trying to enter the Linux world, I find it all very confusing. Totally new rules.
Here is my current problem: I have installed Zipslack Linux (a small stipped down version of Slackware) and I am presently trying to get X to work so I can have a GUI. I have searched quite a bit on the internet, and can't find anything specific enough to help me. I have installed X using pkgtool, and now when I invoke the startx command, I get a buncha gobbledegook ending up with the error message something to the effect of Fatal server error: no screens found. I have looked at xfree86.0.log, and it is blank. I have run startx -configure. I do not know what else to do, can somebody help me out with troubleshooting procedure for Linux?

Old 07-06-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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The xorg log, which is usually /var/log/Xorg.log is a good place to check. The no screen error is common, and you'll find thousands of hits when you google for it.

I am guessing you are having a problem with your xorg.conf file not having good info about your video card. What is the card? Is it extremely new, super powered (512 Mb+), or made with an nvidia or ati chipset? If it is either nvidia or ati, they have linux drivers for their cards that are not open source. They work well, and there are 1000's of posts here on installing the drivers.

Please post your card, and then try to google for xorg.conf that mention your card specifically.

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If I am not mistaken, XWindows cannot start without having some kind of window manager start also. The instructions for this can be in several places--eg ~/.xinitrc or /etc/X11/xinit/<something>
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It might be an idea to post your /etc/X11/xorg.conf here too.
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try running xorgconfig
Old 07-07-2006, 12:39 PM   #6
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It is an old pentium 60, 48 megs of ram, with an s3 video card. I will run the command later tonight when I get home, and post the output from the files mentioned. Thanks for yer time so far, see ya later.

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What window manager is your default? you may not have enough resources to run it.


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