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Old 03-07-2004, 07:42 AM   #1
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Problems with X

I logged in as root, and typed "startx" at the command line. Here's part of the message I got:
XIO: fatal IO error 104 (connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0" after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
Does anybody know what the problem is?

Like I said, that's only part of the message. If you need more just let me know.

Old 03-07-2004, 08:44 AM   #2
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What kind of video card do you have? What driver are you using?

Please post the rest of the error message, and the contents of /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. PCLinuxOS is based on Mandrake, so I'm assuming Mandrake defaults for the name and location of the configuration files for the X server. You might also want to look at the contents of .xinitrc (a hidden file which should be found in the home directory of each user. Root's home directory is found in /root).

Since you can't get into X, there are a number of ways you can examine this file (or files) and post the contents.[list=1][*] From the console login (after logging in, naturally), you can use vi (or nano or pico if installed) to examine the text file, and lynx (or links, again depending on which one is installed) to surf to this site and post;
[*] If you have a Live CD such as Knoppix or Mepis (or Morphix, or Slack Live, or what-have-you), you can boot from that into a full desktop that runs from the CD, mount the PCLinuxOS partitions and examine the file using the Live OS's text editor, then post using the Live OS's browser;
[*] If you dual-boot with Windows, or this computer is available over the network to another box which uses Windows, you may be able use the free Explore2fs file manager to open the contents of the file in Notepad, as long as the Linux partitions are ext2 or ext3 (Explore2fs does not read ReiserFS, sadly). Posting I think you most likely know how to do under Windows .[/list=1]

I find it odd that PCLinuxOS does not boot you into a graphical login manager by default. Did you set it up not to do so, or are you getting error messages indicating that X cannot be started even before you reach the console login?

Even the clip of the error message looks unusual to me. I don't use SSH or XDMCP, so I can't be sure, but this looks awfully like a failed remote login, even to my inexperienced eye. I have no idea why such a thing would be happening, but perhaps there is something about your install choices that would give a clue. Did you do anything unusual during the install, or make any choices that you just guessed about during the network device install, or the X configuration?

Anyway, hope this helps to some small extent, please post more information about your configuration.
Old 03-07-2004, 09:00 AM   #3
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I had that one installed on my hard drive for a while (may go back, if textar makes it with Mandrake 10's capabilities - tex knows mandy!). I found that installing it caused some problems to crop up that didn't show with it when booted as a LiveCD (yes, PCLinuxOS is a live cd as well). One annoying thing is 3D support for my ATI Rage 128 Pro, a fully supported card under XFree86. I had it while booting from the cd, but after the (automated) hard drive install, it didn't work. Saying all that, I think that the best place for support for your "X" problem may be right in their own forum. Textar is the moderator and he reads every post, as far as I can tell. There are modifications that have been made to X and they may be causing your problem. But, follow the advice above. Motub has asked for the right info for your problem to be solved. XF86Config-4 file, output of /var/log/XFree86.log.....would be useful.

You need in your XF86Config-4 file:
mouse section
keyboard section
video card section
monitor section
a modules section
a resolution section

as well, you need X (even if its just TWM running on top of it)

That error leads me to believe that either your monitor resolution (and refresh rate) is out of range, your video card is not the on in your config file, or you don't have a window manager.

Post your logs.
Old 03-07-2004, 09:17 AM   #4
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# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Configuring XFree86 for a Non-Specific Linux Distribution
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
SuSE - sax2
Red Hat Linux 9: Red Hat Linux Reference Guide Chapter 7. The X Window System
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have one or more of these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers
If you need the nVidia driver, you want the Linux IA32 driver unless you just bought the new AMD 64 bit CPU


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