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Old 10-31-2003, 05:21 AM   #1
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Cool unable to access GUI

I'm new to Linux, so please stay with me,
as I'm unable to access the GUI.

I've installed Mandrake 9.2 and asked it to start with KDE, but it starts at the login.

When I try running KDE or StartX, I get the error

(EE) NV(0): Virtual height (0) is too small for the hardware (min 128)

(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration

Fatal server error

No screens found

I have run XF86Config & XF86Config-4, but I get the same message.

Using the View program I can see the XF86Config file, but not save any changes and
Kedit : cannot connect to X server
Mcedit : command not found

I have also installed SUSE 7.1 and have the same problem.

SUSE did work before I changed my Graphic card to a MSI GeForce 4 MX 440 (it was cheap).

I have installed a copy of RedHat, which worked fine, graphic card of (NV17)

Can someone please help before the penguin gets it !!!
Old 10-31-2003, 05:38 AM   #2
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You may have to change the default depth. Try using (vi, pico) your favorite text editor and editing the /etc/X11/XF86Config file by hand. Toward the bottom you will find the screen section. Something like what I've pasted below...

# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "GEFORCE"
Monitor "AOC Spectrum"
DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "640x480" "800x600" "1024x768" "1280x1024"
ViewPort 0 0
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
ViewPort 0 0
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
ViewPort 0 0
Old 10-31-2003, 01:45 PM   #3
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pico's not working & vi will not save

any other ideas

Old 10-31-2003, 01:50 PM   #4
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You have to log as root before editing the file (with "su root" and the password). Then vi will save the file (normally it must, if not there is another problem).
Old 10-31-2003, 10:51 PM   #5
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login as root in text mode and then run setup command. Use XConfiguration. You will be prompted to setup your VGA Card and Monitor type, if your VGA is in the list and your monitor is not in the list then try to use different models of the same brand of the monitor that you have. After configruing, each time you will be prompted if you can see the GUI sample screen. If you do then in Press Yes and quit the setup. I hope it will work.
Old 11-02-2003, 02:43 PM   #6
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I've never used any commands before

so I don't know about X Server,
so I'm unable to find the screens

Problem parsing the config file
Error from xf86HandleCongFile()
Undefined Monitor



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