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Old 05-10-2002, 12:17 AM   #1
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redhat 7.2

hey im having some trouble installing redhat 7.2 on my ast laptop... i have been messing with xf86config but it isnt working...
when i "startkde" it says unable to open display and a few other things...i have found a few sites on this issue but i cant understand them. any help would be appreicated, thanks
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first, what type of video hardware do you have with the laptop and is it compatible with the version of xfree86 with 7.2 ?
the best resource is probably that you could check out.
Old 05-10-2002, 08:40 AM   #3
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try "startx''.good luck.
Old 05-11-2002, 12:04 AM   #4
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from what i understand you are booting in to command prompt. I think there is lock file which needs to be deleted before you run the KDE command. Try and see if this works

log as root and run the following command

rm /tmp/.X0-lock

and then start your KDE
Old 05-11-2002, 02:37 AM   #5
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when i tried the rm/tmp/.XO-lock it said no such file or directory
let me clear a few things up:
windows2k was installed first...
i didnt install a boot when i installed i boot from floppy(the floppy that linux makes during installation).
here are the errors:
when i type "startkde"
it says:

xsetroot: unable to open display ' '
xset: unable to open display ""
xset:unable to open display ""
ksplash: cannot connect to X server
Aborting. $DISPLAY is not set.
ksmserver: cannot connect to X server
connect() failed: : No such file or directory

when i type "startx" the screen goes blank for a second then it has a bunch of lines of stuff then it says

Fatal server error:
AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send the full server output, not just the last messages.
This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
Please report problems to

XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after 0 request (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

i am completely new to linux... i dont know the syntax at all...just some dos i found out is the same, here is a site i found on the problem but it doesnt help me because i dont understand it.

i have tried xf86config and Xconfigurator and tried fixing xf86config in both of those but no matter what i try i cant get this to work... please help... thank you
Old 05-11-2002, 04:27 PM   #6
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1)Sure, you have to type startx to start graphic's mode.
2)Also you cold run setup and adjust X. It's simply. Say "yes" when it will ask "Do you want to start X auotmaticaly.
3) And at least: It is now a good way to understand linux, but if you could not run X, so you can reinstall you linux in UPGRADE mode, thisway you will be able to skip manual choosing of software. [b]You have to look during setup, there will be a question about how to login into the system: in X(mean graphical) or in console(mean text). It may be
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run "xconfigurator"
Old 05-11-2002, 08:23 PM   #8
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i have run Xconfigurator and xf86config... i said that
and start X doesnt work...thats the problem... i think that site i listed says how to fix it... i just dont understand it.
Old 05-11-2003, 12:47 AM   #9
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Does 7.2 use lilo or grub?

If it uses lilo, boot, do the text login, and then edit the /etc/lilo.conf file

after the boot=/dev/hda ... line

Hopeful your system will still boot after you do this

If that doesn't work, then you may need to build a custom kernel that supports VESA. If this is the case, then : install redhat on a desktop, get used to it, figure out to use RPMs, then source RPMS, and then tackle recompiling the kernel.

And then you can configure X to use that decrepit graphics chip in the laptop.

You could also try and /older/ version of the distro. v4 or so might just work with it


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