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Old 04-03-2005, 10:50 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10.1 is running but no gui???


Fatal server error:
No screens found

At install I installed kde and other gui options. So now what? I wanted this to be my internet computer.
I hate to spend another hour plus reinstalling.
 
Old 04-03-2005, 11:14 PM   #2
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X is not starting. What video card do you have?

As root, look at the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log. There will be some error messages at the end of that file. Copy those portions of the log into a message here.
 
Old 04-04-2005, 01:04 AM   #3
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I had the same problem when i first installed 10.1. Even though 9.2 and 10.0 installed easily. A couple of back and forths between the Mandrake helpers and they suggested using one of the generic monitors, and i finally got it to work. Its been awhile so i can't help you with the details, but when monitor choices come up, choose a generic one, experiment, and you'll find a solution.
I have a generic korean monitor on the box that i installed 10.1 to. When i went down thru the choices, my model 7Elr was missing. 7Dlr was there, 7Flr was there, but no 7Elr. Choosing the D or F didn't work. I had to find a generic choice.
This disappointed me, because i'm constantly trying to get my clients away from WinDoze and over to Linux, and after smiling during the easy installs of Mandrake 9.2 and 10.0, i wasn't smiling when 10.1 had this problem.
The Mandrake people said it was because of the switch to Xorg, since i'm still a Linux Newbie, 14 months now without Windoze, i'll have to take their word for that. My question is, why were certain monitors left off of the list? Is this Mandrake's fault, or is it a problem with the new Xorg standard?
OK, i'm venting...it's just that i'd like to see Linux as easy to install as windoze.

Hope i helped.
 
Old 04-04-2005, 02:00 AM   #4
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I did the generic moniter deal. And have no idea what the video card is its part of the mother board in an old Compaq 300 Pentium II box. I have now loaded it 3 times, and will have to try a 4th time, maybe next weekend. Setup hung while trying out the moniters.
Why can't it just use what ever the setup screen uses, that is perfect. I could never understand that part of linux. It can sure use the correct x driver or what ever for setup. But always goofs up on the one I have chosen in the past.
So how do I get past this deal? Man the old days of the original slackware was difficult, and it hasn't changed. I thought mandrake would forgo this stupid moniter stuff.
 
Old 04-04-2005, 02:56 AM   #5
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You may have luck with the generic VESA driver for your video chip. Then the monitor thing might work out better.
 
Old 04-05-2005, 02:15 AM   #6
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I know how you feel. I expected more from Mandrake. I've paid for the Mandrake Club, ave registered for Mandrake expert etc., and with their help, was able to get 10.1 working after just a few tries. But why was there a need for that? Your right. Why didn't they just use the setup that it used for the installation screens?
As a consolation thought though, just think that it's only been a year or so that certain distro's have given us easy installation of Linux. Mephis, Linspire, Xandros and Mandrake, and all those distros that now offer Knoppix type, bootable from CD, Linux operatng systems. I'm just so happy to be Windoz free.
Keep trying the generic choices, i'm sure that later posts will give you more ideas.
 
Old 04-05-2005, 09:07 AM   #7
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And have no idea what the video card is its part of the mother board in an old Compaq 300 Pentium II
Well, then, what does it say in dmesg? What video chipset is being detected? If you have no idea what you have then no one here will have any idea how to help you.
 
Old 04-09-2005, 02:24 AM   #8
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Funny thing, I had again loaded my old Caldera linux on another box, and had everything up and running the first time. The moniter deal was easy, I just choose an IBM moniter even though its an E machines moniter. And
Caldera self detected the video card etc. And yes have had Caldera on this PC that I'm trying to get Mandrake on. I'm more impressed with the old Caldera than Mandrake. And to tell the truth back in the early 90's I had less trouble installing Slackware on a dual boot box.
I've see it so many times, it seems the more someone trys to make something simple the more difficult it becomes. Anything as far as instructions for anything we do should be in simple step 1 step 2 etc. format.
I have found the best instructions for linux is Matt Welsh's book. Anyway I will try to give it another go here soon. I thank you all for the help.
 
Old 04-13-2005, 06:07 AM   #9
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Finally got everything working okay. I had to go to Compaq's website and luckily they had the video specs.
 
  


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