XFree86 configuration frustration

XFree86 configuration frustration

Post by Michael Pomero » Wed, 18 Feb 1998 04:00:00



I need help configuring X windows; I'm trying to set up XFree86 under
Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 590.  I have the latest Red Hat distribution
and have ftp'd the latest from XFree86.org as well.  I have rtfm; in
fact several manuals and documentation sources.  I'm not new to unix,
but have never tried to set up an X windows application; obviously
there's something I just flat don't understand.

This is a fresh linux install; in fact, I've installed it multiple
times.  Everything seems to work just fine except for XFree86.

I've tried the installation and instructions from Red Hat; also the
installation and instructions from XFree86.org.

Depending upon the choices I take in configuring using Xconfigurator the
command "startx" either leaves me with a blank screen (which I can get
out of with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace) or returns to a text screen with an
error message that says "Fatal server error: no screens found" followed
by "_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't connect: errno = 111 giving up.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect
to X server".

"SuperProbe" tells me I have - Chipset:  ATI 68800AX (Port Probed)
                             Memory:   512 Kbytes
                             RAMDAC:   AT&T 20C498/21C498 15/16/24-bit
                                       DAC w/pixel-mux
                             Attached graphics coprocessor:
                             Chipset: ATI Mach32
                             Memory:  512 Kbytes
This is one of the video combinations indicated as supported in the
XFree86 documentation so it should work, right?

"X -showconfig" tells me I have Xfree86 Version 3.3.1 / X Window System
and Operating System: Linux 2.0.30 i586 [ELF].  It also says I have as
Configured drivers:  Mach32: accelerated server for ATI Mach32 graphics
adaptors.

I've spent a huge amount of time trying to figure this out; this
shouldn't be so hard!

Please - what am I doing wrong and what should I do now!?

Thanks .....

Mike

----
Michael Pomeroy

 
 
 

XFree86 configuration frustration

Post by Eddi » Wed, 18 Feb 1998 04:00:00



> I need help configuring X windows; I'm trying to set up XFree86 under
> Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 590.  I have the latest Red Hat distribution
> and have ftp'd the latest from XFree86.org as well.  I have rtfm; in
> fact several manuals and documentation sources.  I'm not new to unix,
> but have never tried to set up an X windows application; obviously
> there's something I just flat don't understand.

> This is a fresh linux install; in fact, I've installed it multiple
> times.  Everything seems to work just fine except for XFree86.

> I've tried the installation and instructions from Red Hat; also the
> installation and instructions from XFree86.org.

> Depending upon the choices I take in configuring using Xconfigurator the
> command "startx" either leaves me with a blank screen (which I can get
> out of with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace) or returns to a text screen with an
> error message that says "Fatal server error: no screens found" followed
> by "_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't connect: errno = 111 giving up.
> xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect
> to X server".

> "SuperProbe" tells me I have - Chipset:  ATI 68800AX (Port Probed)
>                              Memory:   512 Kbytes
>                              RAMDAC:   AT&T 20C498/21C498 15/16/24-bit
>                                        DAC w/pixel-mux
>                              Attached graphics coprocessor:
>                              Chipset: ATI Mach32
>                              Memory:  512 Kbytes
> This is one of the video combinations indicated as supported in the
> XFree86 documentation so it should work, right?

> "X -showconfig" tells me I have Xfree86 Version 3.3.1 / X Window System
> and Operating System: Linux 2.0.30 i586 [ELF].  It also says I have as
> Configured drivers:  Mach32: accelerated server for ATI Mach32 graphics
> adaptors.

> I've spent a huge amount of time trying to figure this out; this
> shouldn't be so hard!

I just went through the same thing. Are you useing XF86Setup or
xf86config.  I started off useing xf86config and I could never get a
working version.  I deleted the XF86Config file from /etc and then ran
XF86Setup and everything worked fine the first time through,

Eddie

 
 
 

XFree86 configuration frustration

Post by Stephen S » Thu, 19 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Hi,

Did you try using 'xf86config'? It worked for me and I'm also using the
latest version of Redhat.

Steve.



> I need help configuring X windows; I'm trying to set up XFree86 under
> Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 590.  I have the latest Red Hat distribution
> and have ftp'd the latest from XFree86.org as well.  I have rtfm; in
> fact several manuals and documentation sources.  I'm not new to unix,
> but have never tried to set up an X windows application; obviously
> there's something I just flat don't understand.

> This is a fresh linux install; in fact, I've installed it multiple
> times.  Everything seems to work just fine except for XFree86.

> I've tried the installation and instructions from Red Hat; also the
> installation and instructions from XFree86.org.

> Depending upon the choices I take in configuring using Xconfigurator the
> command "startx" either leaves me with a blank screen (which I can get
> out of with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace) or returns to a text screen with an
> error message that says "Fatal server error: no screens found" followed
> by "_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't connect: errno = 111 giving up.
> xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect
> to X server".

> "SuperProbe" tells me I have - Chipset:  ATI 68800AX (Port Probed)
>                              Memory:   512 Kbytes
>                              RAMDAC:   AT&T 20C498/21C498 15/16/24-bit
>                                        DAC w/pixel-mux
>                              Attached graphics coprocessor:
>                              Chipset: ATI Mach32
>                              Memory:  512 Kbytes
> This is one of the video combinations indicated as supported in the
> XFree86 documentation so it should work, right?

> "X -showconfig" tells me I have Xfree86 Version 3.3.1 / X Window System
> and Operating System: Linux 2.0.30 i586 [ELF].  It also says I have as
> Configured drivers:  Mach32: accelerated server for ATI Mach32 graphics
> adaptors.

> I've spent a huge amount of time trying to figure this out; this
> shouldn't be so hard!

> Please - what am I doing wrong and what should I do now!?

> Thanks .....

> Mike

> ----
> Michael Pomeroy


 
 
 

XFree86 configuration frustration

Post by Dana J. Laud » Thu, 19 Feb 1998 04:00:00



> I need help configuring X windows; I'm trying to set up XFree86 under
> Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 590.  I have the latest Red Hat distribution
> and have ftp'd the latest from XFree86.org as well.  I have rtfm; in
> fact several manuals and documentation sources.  I'm not new to unix,
> but have never tried to set up an X windows application; obviously
> there's something I just flat don't understand.

> This is a fresh linux install; in fact, I've installed it multiple
> times.  Everything seems to work just fine except for XFree86.

> I've tried the installation and instructions from Red Hat; also the
> installation and instructions from XFree86.org.

<-snip here->

I've gone through the same thing recently.  I choose MetroX on installation
and was prompted for various setup options for MetroX.  Now, the first time
I installed Red Hat 5.0 the X windows worked just fine on first boot.  I
did a shutdown and zap!   I thought to myself, hummm..., what the hell did
I do? ;-)  No more X windows.   Anyway, I did more testing here and it
seems like MetroX  (or ?) freaks out on certain partition setups.  Odd.

My hardware consists of a Intel Pentium 200Mhz CPU, VX chipset, 2  - 16MB
EDO 60ns SIMMS, 1 -  64MB SDRAM, WD 2.0 and 2.5GB EIDE hd's, Matrox
Mystique 4MB PCI, AWE-32, 16x EIDE CD-ROM, USR Sportster internal X2 fax
modem, and the rest of the system is standard.

In a nutshell, after playing with the partiitions on installation, (after
creating one 50MB partition for DOS via fdisk from 6.22) everything works
fine.  I kept the /root and /swap to minus the 1024 cyclinder limit also.

Dana

 
 
 

XFree86 configuration frustration

Post by Randy Coope » Thu, 19 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Hi,
  I hand tooled my XF86Config file based on info from the book Running
Linux under Slackware before converting to RH5.0. I have played around a
bit with this file and get the no screens found error message by
specifying things my video card cannot support, such as too many bits per
pixel or too large a virtual screen, but I always get an error message
prior to the no screens found message. Have you looked at the XF86Config
file to see what is being put into the Screens Section?




> I need help configuring X windows; I'm trying to set up XFree86 under
> Linux on a Dell PowerEdge 590.  I have the latest Red Hat distribution
> and have ftp'd the latest from XFree86.org as well.  I have rtfm; in
> fact several manuals and documentation sources.  I'm not new to unix,
> but have never tried to set up an X windows application; obviously
> there's something I just flat don't understand.

> This is a fresh linux install; in fact, I've installed it multiple
> times.  Everything seems to work just fine except for XFree86.

> I've tried the installation and instructions from Red Hat; also the
> installation and instructions from XFree86.org.

> Depending upon the choices I take in configuring using Xconfigurator the
> command "startx" either leaves me with a blank screen (which I can get
> out of with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace) or returns to a text screen with an
> error message that says "Fatal server error: no screens found" followed
> by "_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't connect: errno = 111 giving up.
> xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect
> to X server".

> "SuperProbe" tells me I have - Chipset:  ATI 68800AX (Port Probed)
>                              Memory:   512 Kbytes
>                              RAMDAC:   AT&T 20C498/21C498 15/16/24-bit
>                                        DAC w/pixel-mux
>                              Attached graphics coprocessor:
>                              Chipset: ATI Mach32
>                              Memory:  512 Kbytes
> This is one of the video combinations indicated as supported in the
> XFree86 documentation so it should work, right?

> "X -showconfig" tells me I have Xfree86 Version 3.3.1 / X Window System
> and Operating System: Linux 2.0.30 i586 [ELF].  It also says I have as
> Configured drivers:  Mach32: accelerated server for ATI Mach32 graphics
> adaptors.

> I've spent a huge amount of time trying to figure this out; this
> shouldn't be so hard!

> Please - what am I doing wrong and what should I do now!?

> Thanks .....

> Mike

> ----
> Michael Pomeroy


 
 
 

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