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Old 03-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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Strange error when trying to start Glest?


Does anyone know what this error means??

Code:
root@b:~# glest
svgalib: Cannot open /dev/svga
Is svgalib_helper module loaded?
Is this why it's running in slow motion when I activate it from the KDE menu?
this is in Slackware 12.2 w/KDE
 
Old 03-18-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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Not sure why glest would need it, but you can try:

Code:
modprobe svgalib_helper
 
Old 03-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #3
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To clarify-you mean type it into the term before I start Glest or add that to my boot appends?
Code:
root@b:~# modprobe svgalib_helper
root@b:~# glest



root@b:~#
root@b:~#
root@b:~#
root@b:~#
Out put of terminal, a black screen came up and then diappeared...?

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:13 PM   #4
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If you look at the -current changelog svgalib-helper has beeen removed from Slackware cause it doesnt work with recent kernels.
http://slackware.com/changelog/current.php?cpu=i386
I dont know when it stopped working though.
 
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That's curious-I tried to start glest before startx and it said this error-"svalib ark unknown chipset 0"
Does that mean Slack is not recognizing my integrated junk SIS-760 graphics?
Also says my mouse isn't configured-but I just got the wheel working this morning and the mouse works great.
What's the issue here?
 
Old 03-18-2009, 12:58 PM   #6
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glest requires 3D graphics accel / OpenGL support, unless you have that it will not work.

To see if it works the following command should output this:

Code:
bash-3.1$ glxinfo | grep direct
direct rendering: Yes
if that is not true, then 3D accel is not enabled, and you cannot play glest until you get a driver that supports it (I don't think sis-760 has such a driver, but I believe I once saw someone offering a 3D driver through e-mail, see google).
 
Old 03-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #7
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Out put-

Code:
root@b:~# glxinfo | grep direct
Error: unable to open display
What does that mean?
 
Old 03-18-2009, 02:07 PM   #8
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Quote:
root@b:~# glxinfo | grep direct
Error: unable to open display

What does that mean?
You need to run the command from within an X terminal.
 
Old 03-18-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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If you want to play glest get a more serious graphics card, one with OpenGL support. Unfortunately that's usually provided by proprietary nvidia and ati drivers.
 
Old 03-18-2009, 03:32 PM   #10
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OK-sorry for my ignorance..what does the side note mean-I do want to find out why?

Code:
bash-3.1# glxinfo | grep direct
direct rendering: No (If you want to find out why, try setting LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose)
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
bash-3.1#
 
Old 03-18-2009, 04:00 PM   #11
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I don't think your graphics supports DRI. You could try running the following:
Quote:
LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose
startx
To get more information.
 
Old 03-18-2009, 05:40 PM   #12
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OK-in my BIOS it says I can choose either "PCI" or "AGP, onboard".
Would there be a difference?
I haven't yet found a Card for the HP-anyone know which Card for this computer?
 
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What kind of AGP port is it ? See here for possible port types:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_Graphics_Port

Try getting an older AGP nvidia card, they should be very cheap now since almost everyone has switched to PCI-Express.
 
  


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