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Old 10-18-2002, 04:45 AM   #1
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Question Respawning too fast problem

Ok, heres my problem... I've just installed redhat 8 and it worked fine for a while but know it i get the

INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

error and i'm unable to fix it. Changing the "id:5:initdefault" line in /etc/inittab to "id:3:initdefault" prevents the computer trying to boot into X directly however when i run startx it does not work. I get an error (from the /var/log/XFree86.0.log file) along the lines of

Device is not a valid keyword in this section... Parse error from the /etc/X11/XF86Config file.

Now i think this has something to do with my logitech optical wheel mouse as i think that after i plugged this in for one boot up the problem began. Is it likely that the XF86Config file has some sort of error that X does not like?

Any help would be great and please do not refer me to the search button because i have been searching for a solution for hours.

Thnx a heap.
Old 11-04-2002, 06:15 AM   #2
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post the relevant parts of your /etc/X11/Xf86Config-4 file
plus some additional details on your mouse.

Old 11-04-2002, 06:35 AM   #3
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please serach this site, your question gets asked far too often, and many solutions are already here
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Heres how i fixed it

It turns out the problem was being caused by the addition of a Logitech Optical Wheel mouse being plugged in prior to booting and the system then detects it and altered the XF86Config file accordingly, however X didn't like the way it was configured. Having both a touchpad and usb mouse pIugged in required the alteration of the relevent sections of the XF86Config files as follows to correct the problem:


Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Anaconda Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "SendCoreEvents"


Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"


Sorry for asking a question that gets asked all the time, hope the solution that worked for me can help others.



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