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Old 09-18-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
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why does the command "startx" fail in SLAX

firstly i am very new to this so if you need me to tell you some info or data from my pc if you could just gently tell me how i would be very grateful.

my question is this:
i am in the process of trying to put linux on my ipod video 5g following this tutorial:

i am currently on step 2.3, when i type in "startx" to slax i get the following error:

(EE)screen(s) found but none have a usable configuration

Fatal server error:
No screens found


fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server "0.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining

thanks in advance for anyhelp.

ps. if anyone knows a simpler way for me to get linux and rockboc working on my ipod video i would be very grateful, my end goal is to have DOOM and SUPER MARIO on my ipod.

thanks again

Old 09-18-2007, 05:09 PM   #2
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Hi billexists, Welcome to lq. Did you have a look at either of these?

Good luck. ;-)
Old 10-07-2007, 09:37 AM   #3
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i have looked at both the links you sent me and neither seems to have anything for my particular problem, though thanks very much for trying.

does anyone know what could be the problem with my slax?

thanks again.
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I'm not familiar with SLAX but it's clear that your xserver configuration (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) is not configured correctly.

According to those links you use a program "xconf" to configure the xserver automatically. I would try this again and see if it works. If not I think it is a matter of configuration you xorg.conf file manually. You can take a look in there and see if it makes sense and simply fix it yourself.

To give you some help in this you'll be looking for an entry called "Screen". Everything is defined at the top of the document (screen, mouse, keyboard, videocard, ect,) and then brought together in the server definition at the end. I suspect you'll find your "Screen" element is not defined correctly or simply spell wrong at the end.

I hope this helps
Old 10-07-2007, 02:21 PM   #5
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Hi hello!!

Try to boot as "slax nohotplug", then run xconf, and startx on next (if you "pass" xconf without problems.
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This is a common problem whenever a Linux mismatches the video driver or the screen scanning frequencies.

Linux operates on generic drivers for the monitors and video cards. If the one you have isn't listed then Linux will try its best to run a setting it thinks best fit your situation.

The problem can be easily cured if you know what sort of Linux standard driver will work for your video card and edit the scanning frequencies to match those provided by the manufacturer.

Remember you don't supply a driver in running Linux but you need to try a few drivers to get the best result.

I think you may be able to run the X-windows configurator in Slax terminal mode. Try this command
The error of the Xorg is listed in /var/log/Xorg.0.log
The xorg cinfiguration is in /etc/X11/xorg.conf which is a text file you can edit
The drivers are stored in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers or

Once you have edited the xorg.conf, save the file and try "startx" again until it works.


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