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Old 01-13-2003, 07:42 PM   #1
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Talking Signal 6: Unknown Signal <=> Error with MAYA4.X under Linux SOLVED!!!!


to all the people out there who have experienced the
following message while starting Maya 4.5 under Linux:


/usr/aw/maya4.5/bin/maya.bin encountered a fatal error

Signal: 6 (Unknown Signal)
Attempting to save in

and don't know what to do - I got the answer

After working on this for nearly a week (switching
distros, packing and unpacking libs, trying this and
that) I've found that the clue lies with the ColorDepth
of your X-server!

The normal vesa driver seems not capable of handling more
than 16bit color , but to run Maya you need at least 24bit.

NVidia customers should download the newest nvidia driver
for their card (go here for the drivers: )
other users should try drivers for their cards.

Here's a quick tutorial how to install the nvidia drivers
under Linux Redhat 8, but it's easy to convert it to other

Just make sure that in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file,
under Section "Screen" you've got:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screenname"
Device "(identifier of your graphics card)"
Monitor (identifier of your monitor)"
DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" (or whatever you got there)

This is it:
DefaultDepth 24
Depth 24

I hope this helped some of you - I've spend a WHOLE
lot of time and many many posts in various linux boards
to find that one out.
Who could've know that it was this that "Signal: 6 (Unknown Signal)" meant!

Anyway - have fun!



Last edited by Faeroon; 01-14-2003 at 08:39 AM.
Old 01-13-2003, 07:51 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2003, 09:15 PM   #3
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I can't believe it ..

I have been working on this same problem for over a week myself .. I try everything from Different Managers (KDE/Gnome ..) gosh, I dont' need to tell you, I dont' have to tell you ...

and all this time that was the porblem .. I was about to give up on Linux as my Desktop

Cool .. thanks for the tip
Old 01-14-2003, 12:05 AM   #4
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Wow, I'm flabbergasted! What a stupid error message for a rather
simple problem. . . I must admit that I am humbled. Good work,
Old 01-14-2003, 05:11 AM   #5
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Without you I would've gone back to Windows days and days ago!
You kept me there - showed me slackware.
Helped me through stuff, told the dumb n00b what to do.
I think I've learned quite a bite and I'm GLAD that I can post
here and tell that I've solved my very first really hard linux prob - but not without you!

I hope we can solve MANY problems together - I'm definitely going to post here for ever
Great board - great people - THANKS again!

PS: Bwauhahaha - look at my posts! 81 in like what?
Two weeks? Damn...
Old 01-14-2003, 08:14 AM   #6
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*looks at that XF86config*

X supports 32 bit color? I was under the impression that 24 was the highest.
Old 01-14-2003, 08:36 AM   #7
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Ufff...sorry , I didn't test that :-/
I read that you have to set it to 24 or 32 and I didn't know
that X only supports 24, but nonetheless - this solves the problem

*updated the post*

Last edited by Faeroon; 01-14-2003 at 08:38 AM.
Old 01-14-2003, 09:14 AM   #8
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From the Xfree docs:

Depth depth 
This entry specifies what colour depth the Display subsection is to
be used for. This entry is usually mandatory, but it may be
omitted in some cases providing an FbBpp entry is present. The
range of depth values that are allowed depends on the driver.
Most driver support 8, 15, 16 and 24. Some also support 1 and/or
4, and some may support other values (like 30). Note: depth
means the number of bits in a pixel that are actually used to
determine the pixel colour. 32 is not a valid depth value. Most
hardware that uses 32 bits per pixel only uses 24 of them to hold
the colour information, which means that the colour depth is 24,
not 32.

Last edited by Mik; 01-14-2003 at 09:16 AM.
Old 01-14-2003, 09:31 AM   #9
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Interesting, didn't know that
Old 05-09-2003, 01:57 PM   #10
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hey. can you guys tell me where to download maya for linux ? i dont want to buy the full legal thing for $2,000 ! thats outrageous. im looking to download it, or can someone please send it to me on a cd, i have 56k, sadly. im dual booting windows xp and linux ONLY because i cant get ahold of maya for linux. im using maya personal learning edition for windows, and 3d studio max 2.5 for windows, and if i get maya for linux, my switch will be complete !
help would be very greatly appreciated.


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