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Old 11-30-2006, 11:16 PM   #1
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Can't get X up


i have an advent 6419, and i've installed mandriva 2007 on it, everything says [OK] and then it just goes to a black screen, i picked the right graphics card, SiS 630, and even tried 800x600 with 16bpp and even vgalo, vga16, and all screen refresh rates..... graphics card has 8mb shared memory. wanted to run mandriva on this since windows is shit, but seeing as X can't even run, i dont know anymore.
 
Old 11-30-2006, 11:22 PM   #2
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Look through /var/log/messages and post anything that looks like it is related.
 
Old 11-30-2006, 11:26 PM   #3
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how? I cannot get anything at all on my screen after it finishes loading at startup
 
Old 12-01-2006, 01:14 AM   #4
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If you can see the messages as the system boots, you should be able to press <CTRL+ALT+F2> to get to a terminal display. Enter root for the user name, then provide the root password when prompted (you will need root permission to see the file '/var/log/messages'). This file is very large, so you do not want to try to see it all. You can use grep to see pertinent lines. Try "grep 'fail' /var/log/messages" (no double-quotes), or "grep 'display' /var/log/messages" (no double-quotes).

HTH,
 
Old 12-01-2006, 04:31 AM   #5
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i did
grep display /var/log/messages
and i got back:

X Server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Unable to fire up local display 0: disabling.
X Server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Unable to fire up local display 0: disabling.
X Server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Unable to fire up local display 0: disabling.
 
Old 12-02-2006, 06:45 PM   #6
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can someone help me get it working? i just installed fedora on it, and x automatically "just worked" but i dont like fedora and want mandriva on it..... help
 
Old 12-03-2006, 03:41 PM   #7
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Mandriva 2007

I have the same graphics card with the same shared memory.
I have not got 2007 to start the X server yet
My suggestion is get Mandriva 2006 instead and use it . It works fine

Rather than try to figure out what was wrong I went elsewhere to SinplyMepis 6 .
I spent a day trying with 2007

If you persevere and get it up Please post back here so I can identify what is happening
 
Old 12-04-2006, 02:32 AM   #8
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ebil did you try to add
video=vesa in the grub starting line (the first 1)

Look also into
/var/log/Xorg.0.log

Something to try as well:
boot as failsafe
su
edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(if you installed vim,
vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
press insert to be in insert mode
comment out the line about composites / transparency
press esc to quite insert mode
press
: then type wq then press enter
then type exit
then init 5
 
Old 12-05-2006, 12:10 AM   #9
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tried the failsafe way.. i already had all the transparency stuff disabled, and didnt find anything in there.

what exactly am i looking for in that log? its huge.. i see a bunch of " Not using default mode "800x600" (unknown reason)
it tries a whole bunch of different resolutions..

how would i add that video=vesa

funny thing is... it worked fine on fedora core 6, i didnt have to change anything, it "just worked"... why cant mandriva be more like that.. cant stick with fc cause im having a million other problems with it.. and im better with mandriva.
 
Old 12-07-2006, 04:07 AM   #10
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Ebil, try to find a live-CD with mandriva 2006 (and not 2007) on it, it was called "discovery" and became "one" with the 2007 version.
See if the 2006 version works : no harm in testing, since it's a live-CD.
 
Old 12-07-2006, 04:14 AM   #11
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Quote:
how would i add that video=vesa
This is part of the command line of the kernel boot
Install grub instead of lilo then press e for edit

With lilo pres ESC then i think you can enter a command. I do not like lilo BTW
 
Old 12-12-2006, 10:05 AM   #12
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Does your "black screen" contain a login prompt? If yes, get the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file from Fedora and drop it into the same directory, but in the Mandriva system (overwritting it). You could use an USB stick for that (supposing you can't access the Fedora partition from Mandriva).

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