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Delmarc 08-25-2003 06:29 PM

WinLinux 2001 and general Linux newbishness
I have like, virtually NO experience configuring and handling Linux so I'm pretty much as green as they come. I've worked in Linux before, but that was with RedHat 7.0, and everything was already nicely set up for me.

I recently downloaded and installed WinLinux 2001. I start it up, get to the command prompt but when I try to load KDE it gives me this message:

"failed execve for /etc/X11/X"

What am I doing wrong? I typed startx. Is there something else I should be doing?

fancypiper 08-25-2003 07:23 PM

I haven't heard of that distribution. Could you post a link?

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Configuring XFree86 for a Non-Specific Linux Distribution
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers
If you need the nVidia driver, you want the Linux IA32 driver

contrasutra 08-25-2003 07:36 PM

I believe thats a rather old distribution (from 2000-2001), you should use one of the newer distributions, like Redhat 9.0 or Mandrake 9.1.

Both are freely downloadable at

Delmarc 08-25-2003 07:38 PM :p

However, the site only tells you about the 2003 edition. But I'm assuming all Linux flavours work more or less the same?

fancypiper 08-25-2003 07:42 PM

Configure your x server. You should have one or more of the tools I listed.

Delmarc 08-25-2003 08:31 PM

I have XFree86 -configure. But I have no idea how to work it :p

fancypiper 08-25-2003 08:46 PM

Time to :study:

The Linux XFree86 HOWTO-Configuring XFree86
Configuring XFree86 for a Non-Specific Linux Distribution

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