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Old 09-08-2003, 10:00 PM   #1
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startx redhat 9.0 Fatal server error no screens found:

attempting to upgrade a redhat 9.0 minimal install to include xwindows. (i believe that the problem is that there is no /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/XF86Config file. in the old days, i would just type xf86config and work from there but this command is not available).

i used the graphical install to update the system using the custom option without problem. after rebooting, i type startx and get the following error:

XFree86 Version 4.3.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.3.0-2)
Release Date: 27 February 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.6
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.20-3bigmem i686 [ELF]
Build Date: 27 February 2003
Build Host:

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Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.20-8 ( (gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux 3.2.2-5)) #1 Thu Mar 13 17:54:28 EST 2003
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: Mon Sep 8 21:27:41 2003
(EE) Unable to locate/open config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()

Fatal server error:
no screens found

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This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
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XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"^M
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.^M
Old 09-09-2003, 01:52 AM   #2
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I had the same newbie problem. You can check out this thread .

to make it easy, try the command "redhat-config-xfree86". that got me to the gui

Hope it helps!
Old 09-17-2003, 01:15 PM   #3
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Fatal Server error: no screens found

as a temporary work around you can modify the /etc/XF86Config file.

Section "Device"
Identifier "card0"
Driver "vesa"

it also help a little bit if you know what the busid of the video card is, if you know what it is simply add this line under Driver

BusID "PCI:#:#:#"

where the #'s are where the card is located on the bus.

Hope this helps you out a little


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