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Old 02-17-2003, 01:57 AM   #1
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X is hanging.

Just downloaded and installed the newest ver of L from RedHat's site. Install goes just fine... however.... when I start X, the system pretty well freezes.

I run "startx" - I get the x pointer on a black screen, then eventually all I get is "xterm" and a terminal window on a black desktop.

After much clicking around on my black desktop (no bar at the bottom as expected) I get a light green colored drop down box when clicking and a narrow window at the top labled "TWM Icon Manager". I can make it longer or shorter, but can't figure out the right spell to cast on it to just let me into X. This is getting very frustrating. Have re-installed L about 5 times now, each w/ different options... still the exact same thing starting X.

When I exit out of the hung X (by killing the X process), I get this print out:

XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-72) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.18-11smp i686 [ELF]
Build Host:

Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.18-14 ( (gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 Wed Sep 4 13:35:50 EDT 2002
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 Feb 17 01:14:38 2003
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
WARNING: You selected Fvwm2 as your window manager, but your installation
does not appear to be functional. The executable /usr/X11R6/bin/fvwm2 was
not found on your system.

Last edited by KendersPlace; 02-17-2003 at 03:01 AM.
Old 02-17-2003, 04:24 AM   #2
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sorry for u..

i think best thing u can do is supply your hardwares
(graphic card/monitor..) with question..
and also do search with the hardware and 'x' as keyword..
Old 02-17-2003, 04:25 AM   #3
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Could you provide us a detailed list of your hardware (mainly your Gfx card) ?
Old 02-17-2003, 04:49 AM   #4
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Don't you get a graphical login screen?

Try making sure that GNOME is installed - or install fvwm2, which is what it's looking for. What you're seeing is the failsafe mode.
Old 02-17-2003, 01:21 PM   #5
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I'm running a Riva TNT2 32MB card, which it finds when probing no problem. The graphical screens work fine during the install. The boot loader graphical screen displays properly. Also, if I run the config utility for X (where you set screen resolution and such), the example screen displays just fine. (Where it says "Can you see this message" with a count down. Everything including the desktop looks fine.

During setup I specified to install X but not Gnome. I'll re-install and allow it to install Gnome also this time.



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