Re: X Problem
- From: "pachl" <clintpachl@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 16 Mar 2006 22:12:55 -0800
In <yO6dna9sfuowl4vZRVn...@xxxxxxxxxxx>, on Mon, 13 Mar 2006 19:13:38
-0500, Ditch Brodie wrote:
I have a couple of old Dell Optiplex computers (200 Mhz) that have worked
fine as Windows machines for years. Now that they are retired I have
FreeBSD-6.0 on one of them but cannot seem to get the standard X-Windows
running on it. I can install KDE on it and it runs fine. I like this
but believe it or not all I really want with these computers is a simple,
genric install of X with the default windows manager Xterm on it. When I
this the computers lockup and even Ctrl+Alt+BkSp doesn't recover.
Can anyone tell me what's the trick to getting the plain vanilla Xterm to
run on these machines?
Deinstall KDE. Then at the console prompt, type
What *should* happen is the window manager twm
starts with three xterms of different sizes.
That's the one I'm looking for. Those three simple white windows with green
outlines and a clock. I know it plain vanilla but that's all I want this old
machines to do. When I run startx the screen goes black and then the
computer locks up. Nothing cancels it unless I press the power switch or the
restart button on the front panel and reboot the whole thing.
It sounds like your xorg.conf is mis-configured. Did you run the
following as root?
# X -configure
# X -config /root/xorg.config.new
If X properly detected and configured your hardware, you will see
something nice, but don't be surprised if it doesn't work. At this
point, as you know, you can exit the config mode using ctrl+alt+bksp.
If something bad happened you will need to adjust your
/root/xorg.conf.new manually. I have had your problem many times and
tweaking the monitor section to the manufacturer's specs usually solves
Try adjusting the "Monitor" section to your monitor's exact specs or
even something more conservative:
HorizSync 31.0 - 60.0
Once xorg.conf.new is working correctly, then:
# cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
There are many more issues that can cause trouble; you will have to
give us more info in order for us to help you.
1. Is X using the correct driver for your graphics card (xorg.conf(5))?
2. In the Screen section, is the resolution correct?
3. Is the correct kernel driver loaded for your graphics card
4. If using Direct Rendering, is the drm.ko kernel module being loaded?
5. Did you check for errors in /var/log/Xorg.0.log?
This list could go on. You will have to give us more; please answer
some of the questions above.
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