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Old 07-25-2002, 09:41 AM   #1
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Thumbs down RH 7.3 machine goes to sleep :(

I recently upgraded from 7.1 to 7.3 on an old box i use for file serving and bakup. It's a P2 200mmx (slowwww as !).

The damn thing goes to sleep after bout 20 min and the only way to wake it up is move the mouse(can't get ping reply until i move mouse). I have disabled all screensavers etc... this never happened with 7.1 HELP!!

Oh and can't get xserver to start cause i get this message
i know it's cause the keyboard is set to 104 us which it was probed for during install. I have mv XF86Config and then run xconfigurator to generate a new file , no dice xconfig dies with segmentation fault

XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-8) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.17-0.13smp i686 [ELF]
Build Host:

Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Wed Jul 24 23:30:48 2002
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
Parse warning on line 102 of section Keyboard in file /etc/X11/XF86Config
Ignoring obsolete keyword "LeftAlt".
Parse error on line 102 of section Keyboard in file /etc/X11/XF86Config
"Meta" is not a valid keyword in this section.
(EE) Problem parsing the config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()

Fatal server error:
no screens found

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

Old 07-25-2002, 11:17 AM   #2
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Upgrading is inadvisable, especially for newbies.

The mobo shouldn't have support for ATX (sleep). If it does, disable it in BIOS setup at boot.

Uncheck the box in K> Control Center> Power Control> Energy.

If you want to keep your K settings and some files, all you have to do is copy them all to another temp ext2 partition, format and install new, copy them back, and recreate the same user & passwd.

"Meta" is not a valid keyword in this section.

Means the Meta word isn't acceptable to the new X. You either remove this tag or add a # before the line to comment it out. See, that's what upgrade means.
Old 07-25-2002, 12:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the prompt reply

i remote to my linux box using vnc , i logged in as root once and managed to stuff up kde changing themes it just flashes all the time and thats about it so i have to use gnome and there aren't any power management tools in there. Remoting to kde is shit it tends to crash alot :S

can i reset the kdesession ?

i tried # out the lines in before XF86 no dice got more errors
Old 09-10-2002, 08:23 PM   #4
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SOLVED (fix for original post by omICron)

That is, if your P2/200 has an older video card in it. Mine did (it was an S3 Trio64). I've noticed many posts recently that describe this same problem. Especially when people upgrade to RH 7.3 from an earlier rev that worked fine.

I traced this to the RH 7.3 installation program having made an erroneous symbolic link of the X server.

Was: /usr/X11R6/bin/X -> /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86
(the 4.2.0 X server)

Should be: /usr/X11R6/bin/X -> /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_S3
(the 3.3.6 X server, which the installation program DID properly install, but DID NOT link to).

XF86_S3 may not, however, be the right X server on your particular box if you have a different video chipset. However, you should be able to find the right one to link to in your /usr/X11R6/bin directory.

If you want to relink the X symlink, here's what to do:

# cd /usr/X11R6/bin
# rm X
# ln -s XF86_S3 X
# chmod 4711 XF86_S3

Without issuing the "chmod", only root will be able to run the "startx" command.

Hope this helps.

Regards, Neil
Old 09-11-2002, 02:47 PM   #5
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I too get the same problem.
My box is a fresh RH7.3 install.
So, frustrating.
Please help.


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