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Old 02-08-2003, 06:54 PM   #1
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Question Slackware X - No Window Borders and white backdrop


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Hi all, got a strange problem with my x-config on a laptop, the background is installing slackware 8.1 onto a sharp "PC-M100" laptop with a 2gb hdd. A full install gives me no free space but perfect x-windows and window managers/desktops.

A selective install using default recommended packages installs fine, then a promising xf86config setup starts me up into a seemingly ok x-session but with no window borders (transparent panels) and a very white in colour background at 800x600, at 640x480 i get the same symptoms but a very red background??

I have used pkgtool to add just about every library or util there is from the slackware packages that maybe remotely applicable to try to resolve this issue? The symptom is the same for gnome kde and fvwm95 but really i only want fvwm95 and either gnome or kde as hdd space is an issue.

Anybody got any ideas?

It is worth noting that during this above mentioned setup that i have not installed both kde and gnome together, as i am trying to avoid wasting space whhen only one will be required.

Thanks in advance.

(ps if it is hard to understand my english, it is a result of the british political system on education)
 
Old 02-08-2003, 08:04 PM   #2
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You might look for a file in the user home directory called .xsessions-errors, it might give some hints after bringing up the wm. If there are references to missing libs then you might look for them. To my knowledge KDE does not require any of the GNome libs, or reversed. But the X system may be missing something, so the problem appears on all wm's.
 
Old 02-09-2003, 06:53 AM   #3
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funny windows

Hi again,

Yep it does make sense that its an X thing but i cannot find .xsessions-error file or any other hidden log file in the home dir. I have looked at my /var/log/XFree86.0.log but that only gives this error:

"Could not init font path element /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/, removing from
list!"

I dont think this is related however as i have an old celeron box with a full 8.1 install from the same cd which has the same error message but x and all that sits on top (fvwm95 etc) looks normal.

I also took a shot at the xfree86setup (quite cool!) but again this didnt resolve anything that mc'ing the origional XF86Config file couldent.

The graphics are: Trident TGUI 9660/968x

Thanks again.
 
Old 02-09-2003, 09:28 AM   #4
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Reinstall Still no joy!!

Hi i thought i would go for a full verbose newbie install of slack8.1 (no kde or gnome this time) thinking that this method would sort out X, so i did a xfree86setup and still no joy!! still got no window boarders and a white backdrop.

All i have now in my /root dir after this is an empty .Xauthority. But an ok /var/log/XFree86.o.log ??
 
Old 02-09-2003, 09:46 AM   #5
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sounds to me like no window manager is being loaded at all. try just creating a file called /root/.xinitrc containing just the line "gnome-session" and run a console run startx.
 
Old 02-09-2003, 06:06 PM   #6
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FIXED!!

Ah it turns out that it was an incorrect x-setup, i had configured the card to use its native driver a Trident TGUI 9660/968x 2mb, however when reconfiguring with xf86config and using the vesa driver i'm able to see a perfect desktop.

It looks fine and its only an old laptop so i'm quite happy to use a generic driver ,

Also beware on the web the laptop is stated as having a "Trident Cyber 9385-1 2mb", well mine doesnt and until i checked the post screen and did an lspci command this foxed me (ran out of tea bags)

Thanks all for your help, time for FluxBox
 
  


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