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Old 10-25-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Serious and strange issue with the X server in Slackware 13.0

Hi, I just installed Slackware 13.0, and I have the feeling that I've got something missing, but I've never removed anything from the installation, except that I've got a custom kernel (which is not the issue because I tried with the original as well).

I've been using xorg.conf-vesa as my xorg.conf.

After I type startx I get a screen with xterm (which I expect), but my mouse/keyboard didn't work, and my screen was flickering (anything to do with hal? but what exactly). The xterm says "Warning: unable to load any usable ISO8859 font" and "Warning: Cannot convert string "nil2" to type "FontStruct"". After 5 or 6 seconds, my X crashed. The log:

When I'm using the default Xorg config file, the results are very similar, only it doesn't give backtrace, but this: "waiting for X server to shut down error setting MTRR "

Any general suggestions will be highly appreciated, because I don't know where to begin with.
Old 10-25-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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To get the keyboard/mouse working, have a read of the comments at the bottom of /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-keymap.fdi
Old 10-25-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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How did you configure 'X' initially?

What does the '/var/log/Xorg.0.log' show?

You could try without the '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' file and see what happens.

Old 10-26-2009, 03:05 AM   #4
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Hello Ivshti,

to get mouse and keyboard working before you have configured hal, it would help to insert a line:
Option   AllowEmptyInput   "FALSE"
in the "InputDevice" section of your xorg.conf file. This would prevent hal to take control over your keyboard and mouse.

Afterwards, when you have hal configured you'll have to delete that line.

Old 10-26-2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot for the fast replies, I tried that, and wrote off hal as a potential problem. Mouse and keyboard were working without xorg.conf, and even if I set it up without hal - the results were still the same - I've got screen flicker and crash after a small amount of time.
Also, I noticed xterm wouldn't start bash, it would only show those warnings. Could it be because of the X problem, or that's another problem.

Here's the log when I don't use xorg.conf:
Old 11-01-2009, 02:42 AM   #6
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add a line /usr/lib in file /etc/
and exec
Old 11-01-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by sunny_5252 View Post
add a line /usr/lib in file /etc/
/lib and /usr/lib are always included (and in x86_64 /lib64 and /usr/lib64 as well)

Originally Posted by Ivshti View Post
Here's the log when I don't use xorg.conf:
Ok Sig 11 is either a hardware fault or a software error

With X I'm leaning towards an issue with the graphics driver which in your case is the VESA driver.

The VESA driver is reporting your graphics card as a nvidia chipset so you could try by using the xorg.conf-vesa and changeing the driver from vesa to nv and see if you get better stability.

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Old 11-01-2009, 04:58 PM   #8
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See what's the outcome:
Incredibly strange.
It runs just fine with KDE installed or GWARE (for 12.2) installed. However, startx won't work.

So I was right about not missing nothing. I just had no desktop environment.

I'll be very happy if someone comes with explanation for this.
I booted the system that X won't run on, tried startx, got the same error, then installed GWARE for 12.2, and started X with gdm (runlevel 4) and it ran. Then replicated the same system again and made sure that it still won't run. Then I installed the KDe series and it ran...

Last edited by Ivshti; 11-01-2009 at 05:01 PM.


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