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Old 05-03-2005, 06:59 AM   #1
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Problems with X, wont boot into GUI

Hi there guys
lets just say that I did not do any tweaking with my Mandrake 10.0 nor did I install any new hardware. I restarted my PC and the minute it is supposed to enter the GUI login page the screen presents me with some scrambled colored matrix. After that Iam with the console login, I tried logging in as root and then XFdrake but with no use I also tried startx and xinit. But both give me the scrambled color screen.
Any suggestions guys ?
Old 05-03-2005, 07:52 AM   #2
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I'm new to linux and haven't used Mandrake, but have you tried xorgconf or Xf86config? After installing Slack, one of the first things you do is configure your x-windows system using xorgconf (because Slack uses xorg instead of Xfree86, now).

Hope this helps.
Old 05-03-2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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if you are using XFree86 you need to edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file and look for the res settings. # out the higher settings. it sounds like your x-config is trying to run at a higher setting then your vid card or monitor can handle.

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Device		"ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]"
	Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
	DefaultDepth	24
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		1
		Modes		"1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth		4
		Modes		"1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
you probably have lines in there with as high as 1600x1200, if so you need to keep removing the line until you get to a working desktop, then you can start troubleshooting as to why you have to run at the lower settings.

in the above example my laptop will run no higher then 1024x768 thus will run at 800x600 and 640x480. if i try to run at say 1280x1024 i would get the same error you are getting. my laptop just can not run at those higher resolutions.


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