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Old 09-23-2004, 07:12 PM   #1
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Slax 4.1.4 Gui not starting


Im running Slax 4.1.4. (First LiveCD ) Played with ZipSlack before and did not experience this problem on the same box.

Whenever I do a gui* or startx I just get a black screen and must reboot. No drop back to prompt, just the CD and HD activity lights on my case. (which is odd, because Im guessing slax has no reason to access a windows partition at this point...more likely the HD light goes up for other unknown and mysterious reasons...) Longest I've waited was ~5 minutes. Since I have to reboot, I dont get a var/log/XFree86.0.log saved so I have no clues on how to go about solving. Ive tried manually editing gui.conf multiple times but its just no good. The gui.confs I edit are being saved {to ram right?} I can see that in the echo before "please wait...". Ive also tried "slax wheelmouse" at boot to no avail.

I've got a GeForce 3 Ti500, and a circa 1999 monitor that with refresh rates for resolutions up to 1280x1024 within the .conf default values. Could it be some other non-graphical component of X thats not set right for me? Perhaps a way to manually set up the wheelmouse or something?

I thought it would be cool if there was a way to "pretend" I was running gui without it actually doing anything, for the purpose of getting a log file. Like a debug function that doesnt execute things but still tests stuff... Or even just some command I can edit into the conf thatll give a timeout back to prompt.

Also was wondering if there was an xf86config-like utility on slax that im unaware of.

I run slax right off the CD drive/ram, and would like to keep it that way, so if theres a solution that doesnt involve writing to hard drive partitions or floppys that would make my day. Im trying to avoid that kind of stuff because im setting up slack 10 within the next 2 weeks anyways, and am really just looking to refresh my Linux (lack of) skills until then. I'd still like to know though, just for the purpose of showing this to friends without evil black screens invoking cynicism in their souls.

Anyways, thanks.
Old 09-23-2004, 07:15 PM   #2
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ive yet to get slax to boot without me having to tweak the xfree configs, most likely you will have to do the same. and if it just goes black and sits there, try forcably exiting x(ctrl-alt-backspace) then check the logs, either that or just jump into a different tty with x running (hit ctrl-alt-F2 )
Old 09-23-2004, 07:43 PM   #3
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Well I gave those 2 a shot and it seems my keyboard locks up along with the black screen. Cant toggle numlock, capslock, etc...


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