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Old 12-17-2001, 01:29 PM   #1
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Configuring X on a Old Box with Mandrake 8.0

I am having problems configuring X in the install of Mandrake 8.0

I put some old parts together to have my first true Linux Box!
My wife still doesn’t like to use Linux so our good computer still has windoze.
This box I just put together is only going it have Linux on it.
I am installing Mandrake 8.0 and everything goes great until I get to the step that I configure X.

Hardware List
Pentium 133
3 Com 905B NIC
ET 6000 Video Card
Samsung SyncMaster 3 Monitor

(All parts that friends or family were going to through out)
100% Recycled Hardware.

The errors that I get when I test my settings:
/tmp/imm.0: init_module: no such device
/tmp/ppa.0: init_module: no such device

An error has occurred no valid modes found try to change some parameters.

I tried changing the resolution and everything, with no luck
Any Ideas?
Thank you for any help you may provide
Old 12-17-2001, 05:47 PM   #2
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Just an update

OK if i boot strait in to Linux, X will not work!
If I boot into Linux-nonfb, login as root then do startx, KDE and GNOME work fine.

I have saved the config files and tried rebooting and the same thing will happen.
X will not work booting strait in to Linux.

This just has me stumped!

Any ideas?
Thank you for any help!
Old 12-17-2001, 06:26 PM   #3
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startx > somefile
(or maybe its startx 2> somefile)
will usually get you some helpfull info but this problem sounds familiar. Make sure that you don't have an extra XF86Config file sitting around in your home directory or something like that. I've been burned before by XFree picking up a configuration file I wasn't expecting. Besides that you might be having xdm/gdm/kdm problems.
Old 12-24-2001, 10:32 AM   #4
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OK I have checked and my video card is supported and all the drivers are installed. I did have to use 3.3.6

When the bootloader comes up and I try to boot in to "Linux" X still doesn't work?
If I boot in to "Linux-nonfb" or "failsafe" X works great but I loose the ability to do other things like the rpm installer and other things.

If X works when I boot into the "Linux-nonfb" or "failsafe" how can I get it to work when I boot into just "Linux"

Thank you for any ideas you have


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