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 Post subject: Strange problem with Xwindows on Laptop
PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:11 pm 
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Hi all:
I am having a problem with X Windows on my Laptop a IBM T20 PIII 512 Ram 60 Gbt HD
Recently I have installed the following Linux distrabutions Flux Ubuntu, Debian stable net install, Debian testing net install, AntiX M7.2, AntiX M7.5 testing ( now on system ) and I have had the same problem with all of them.
From a fresh New install I reboot the system and log on at login screen and here is my problem at least 60% of the time the computer will attempt to start X with the result of a totally black screen, With the only option to press the power button until the system powers off. Without making any changes I turn on the system and log on as user and X Windows will come up into Flux box as it should. But in most cases this will require several attempts before X and Flux box come up.

I am a new by so I am probably missing something obvious, I have look on various forums and Google and have not found a solution. If anyone can help me with this I will be extremely grateful

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PS If i have posted this in the wrong area I apologize.

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Do you know what the graphics chip is in this machine. It could just be a driver issue?

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Thank you for your reply to my problem
To answer your question the graphics processor is an internal S3 Savage iX8 8 Mb
I have attempted to use Linux on the laptop in the past, about two years ago, and have not had this problem before with it.
I will be glad to follow any suggestions you may have to correct this issue.

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It just occurred to me I don't know how to check and see which video driver is being loaded. How do I do that?
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I don't know if you have a problem that is specific to your video card, but here is a question: Is your graphics card working properly when using the live cd? If so, do

control panel > hardware > configure x server

after you enter the root password, you'll see that the first tab has an option to copy the current xconfig to your hard drive. This may help.

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If you look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf under the Section "Device" you should see the card and the driver in use.

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If you want a listing of your hardware, open a terminal and enter

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hal-device-manager

you'll get a really nice gui of your hardware with specs.

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Have you tried the VESA boot option with the LiveCD and then use the repair function in the X-Windows Assistant?


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If you look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf under the Section "Device" you should see the card and the driver in use.
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I need to look again at this file, this time with my eyes open.

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I don't know if you have a problem that is specific to your video card, but here is a question: Is your graphics card working properly when using the live cd? If so, do
control panel > hardware > configure x server
after you enter the root password, you'll see that the first tab has an option to copy the current xconfig to your hard drive. This may help.
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It did not occur to me but in all the live Cd's I tried the X Windows worked properly but not when I installed the OS on the machine. I did not see any thing wrong with the Xconfig, but I will look again, and follow your suggestion about copying the Xconfig file.
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If you want a listing of your hardware, open a terminal and enter
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hal-device-manager
you'll get a really nice gui of your hardware with specs.
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Thank you for the tip on hal-device-manager I was not aware of this.

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Have you tried the VESA boot option with the LiveCD and then use the repair function in the X-Windows Assistant?
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No I have not used the repar function in X-Windows Assistant, as I was not aware of it, but I will do so if needed.

Thank you all for your help I will proceed to follow your guidance and will let you all know the results.
John

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 Post subject: Re: Strange problem with Xwindows on Laptop
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Hi All:
Sorry I have been gone for a bit.
To bring you all up to date I have been able to fix the display issue on my IBM Laptop

To fix the display issue edit /etc/X11/Xorg.conf file as followes:
Add to Devices Section
Option "BusType" "PCI"
Option "DmaMode" "None"
It apears to be an issue with the Savage graphics cards
further info: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_w ... tem_lockup:

Thank you all for your help, I hope this helps someone as well.
John

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 Post subject: Re: Strange problem with Xwindows on Laptop
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That will certainly be of help. Thanks for sharing, John.

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