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Old 02-24-2006, 02:20 AM   #1
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xwindows woes (freezes, etc.)

Hello everyone,

I have Debian 3.0.23 (Woody) installed on a Compaq Armada 4131T (133MHz Pentium, 48MB RAM, Cirrus Logic GD7548 videocard (1MB), 3GB IDE hard drive, 1.44MB floppy drive, 4x SCSI CD drive) along with all of the XFree86 4.1 package, and along with KDE 2.2, GNOME 1.4, and IceWM I can type "X" into the command line, and the grey monochrome screen with the mouse cursor show up and the cursor moves around fine. Ctrl+Alt+Backspace quits the program without problems. There are no errors in the XFree86 error logs or in the Xsession-error file. Basically, X is properly configured to run with my hardware.

However, startx and xinit cause X to freeze. I cannot exit with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace (I eventually resort to cutting power to the computer). I can move the cursor around for about three seconds, and then it competely freezes. I've tried the following things in xinitrc (each individually in separate trials, of course):

exec /etc/X11R6/X
exec /etc/X11R6/icewm
exec /etc/X11R6/xterm

It doesn't matter which user I'm logged on as.

I don't think it's the video card--just launching X does not freeze. Perhaps a scripting error?

How do I fix this?

Thank you

PS While the X server is down, how do I reconfigure Debian to NOT try to launch KDM after booting? It's getting annoying to have to kill X each time I reboot (to avoid freezing).
Old 02-24-2006, 07:48 PM   #2
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I've haven't seen the problem you're having with X before, but as far as booting into text mode goes... Edit /etc/inittab and look for a line like:
Change it to
There are other ways - adding a non-gui entry to your boot loader with init=3, but this is probably fastest.
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Haven't used Debian in a long time, but I recall the command...

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Hopefully you can select something simple like TWM, Blakbox or Fluxbox, or Windowmaker.

Good luck. - Sean
Old 02-25-2006, 01:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help about stopping X during boot!

I've already tried dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86...many times. X will start up perfectly well, and will quit with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace. Typing startx or xinit, however, will load X, and then freeze. Can anyone tell me at least why? I'm pretty sure it's a script error somewhere...

Thank you


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