Metro-X Setup Help Needed

Metro-X Setup Help Needed

Post by TH » Sun, 29 Sep 1996 04:00:00



After installing and configuring Metro-X on my Linux (1.2.13) box, I made sure that neither gpm nor xdm was
running, then typed /usr/bin/X11/X at the prompt.  The gray background did appear, and there was an X in the
middle, but when I tried to move the mouse, it went immediately to the lower left corner of the screen and
nowhere else.

General Hardware Info:
        486 DX 100mHz
        2 IDE interfaces, with hard drive connected to Primary as Master and cdrom to Primary as Slave.
        16 (8??) Mb RAM
        540 or 560 Mb Hard drive.

General Software Info:
        Linux Version 1.2.13
        Metro-X Version 3.1
        C-Library Versions:  /lib/libc.so.4.7.2 and /lib/libc/so.5.0.9

Monitor Info:
        CVP-5468A, SVGA (it says "CTX" on the lower left corner of the frame)
        14 inch?? (although when I measured it with a tape measure, the tape measure says 13 inches)
        The following is typed in directly from the manual...
                -----------------------------------------------
                Model CVP-5468A         Specifications
                -----------------------------------------------
                Picture tube            13 visual diagonal inches
                                        0.29mm or 0.28mm Trio Dot Pitch
                                        ..........

                .................       ............
                Synchronization         Horizontal:     30-38 KHz (Automatically)
                                        Vertical:       50-90 Hz  (Automatically)

                Resolution              Horizontal:     1024 dots
                                        Vertical:       768  lines
                ..................      .............
                Dimensions              364(W)x370(H)x378(D)mm
                ..................      .............
                -----------------------------------------------

Graphics Card Info:
        This is what it says on the front of the manual: "Cirrus Logic GD542x"  "VL-BUS Graphics Adapter"
        Here's what it says on the first page of the manual, under the "FEATURES" section...

                "Cirrus Logic GD542x VGA Chip
                Support 486DX/SX, 386 DX VL-BUS System
                Register and BIOS level compatibility with the IBM VGA Adapter
                .........
                Extended graphics resolution modes providing 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768 and 1280x1024 High
Resolution in 16 and 256 simultaneously display colors.
                Support Maximum 72HZ refresh rate (VESA Standard)
                High Color graphics mode producing 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768 resolution with 65,535
simultaneously display colors.
                True Color graphics mode producing 640x480 16.7M simultaneously display colors.
                132 Column text modes support.
                ........ "

When I executed /usr/bin/X11/X, this is what happened:
        "Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libmfb.a
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libfontlib.a
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libmetro.a
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libmi.a
        Metro-X Version 3.1.2

        Copyright ....
        .....
        All Rights Reserved.
        Xconfig file /etc/X11/Xconfig
        Logging errors to file /var/log/Xerrors"

And here is the exact contents of /var/log/Xerrors, word for word:
        "Metro-X Version 3.1.2

        Copyright (c) 1990-1996 by Metro Link Inc.
        Copyright (c) 1989-1994 by M.I.T.
        Copyright (c) 1994-1996 by X Consortium, Inc.
        All Rights Reserved.
        Read mouse Serial_MouseSystems from Xconfig
        Keyboard Description File is none
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libsvga.a
        Opened /dev/tty7
        vgaMapVGASpace( 131072 )
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libCIRRUS.a
        vgaUnMapVGASpace()
        Screen 0:  SVGA, Chipset clgd5428 (4), 1024K RAM, ISA
        Video mode "640x480", dot clock = 25.2 MHz, used index 1 = 25.2 MHz
        vgaMapVGASpace( 131072 )
        vgaMapVGASpace( 131072 )
        vgaHWRestore()
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libmlfb8b.a
        DEC-XTRAP:  AddExtension assigned Major Opcode '135'
        DEC-XTRAP:  Vers.  3.4-0 successfully loaded
        Couldn't load XKB keymap, falling back to pre-XKB keymap
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libbitmap.a
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libSpeedo.a
        Loading /usr/lib/X11/Metro/modules/libType1.a
        vgaMapVGASpace( 131072 )
        vgaHWRestore()
        vgaHWRestore()
        vgaOrigVideoState
        vgaUnMapVGASpace()"

During the configuration for Metro-X, I specified the following values:
        Mouse = Mouse Systems Compatible, 3 buttons.
        (Don't know if that was right or not.  On my mouse, it does have 3 buttons.  On the bottom, there is a
toggle switch that lets you choose between either "MS" or "PC".  There's also a metallic-silver label that
says "Serial Mouse" on it, among other things.)

        Screen Width 248, Height 186mm
        Keyboard:  "Default: /use default console mapping"

        Graphics Card: "Cirrus C:GD542x"

        Obviously there's more to the config program, but I figured those were the relevant values.

OK, that's about it, I think!  Sorry if I gave too much info, or not enough.  

Could the fact that I was building an XF86Config file (before I got MetroX) have anything to do with the
problem I'm having now?  Maybe the /usr/bin/X11/X executable is looking at my old config file instead of the
one that the Metro-X config program generated?

Thanks for your help :->

-TH

 
 
 

Metro-X Setup Help Needed

Post by vp24n.. » Tue, 01 Oct 1996 04:00:00



>After installing and configuring Metro-X on my Linux (1.2.13) box, I made sure that neither gpm nor xdm was
>running, then typed /usr/bin/X11/X at the prompt.  The gray background did appear, and there was an X in the
>middle, but when I tried to move the mouse, it went immediately to the lower left corner of the screen and
>nowhere else.

First off, you do not start X by typing X!
All that does is start the X server, which is a grey checkered
screen with a little X cursor. You can move the mouse, but little else.
Start X by typing "startx".

You are having sort of the same problem I am.
I just diagonal-graded to a VL Cirrus 5424 video board.
(diagonal grade is a term I use to describe a
sort-of-upgrade/sort-of-sidegrade)
It's just an OEM board, only referred to as "AVGA" in the manuals.
Yes I reconfigured X, yes with xf86config.

When I startx, the screen dumps to graphics mode, but
remains blank. If I pound on the keyboard long enough,
it eventually comes up, looking perfectly fine.
The sticker here is that the system is then completely unusable/locked.
I have to reboot with the power switch.

I've done X several times with different cards and never had this
type of trouble. The 5424 is supposed to be well-supported according
to the Docs, which is why I bought it.
I tried all the options in all their combinations, with no change.

I'm downloading 3.1.2G right now, but if there is another solution,
will someone kindly let me know?

 
 
 

Metro-X Setup Help Needed

Post by TH » Tue, 01 Oct 1996 04:00:00




> >After installing and configuring Metro-X on my Linux (1.2.13) box, I made sure that neither gpm nor xdm was
> >running, then typed /usr/bin/X11/X at the prompt.  The gray background did appear, and there was an X in the
> >middle, but when I tried to move the mouse, it went immediately to the lower left corner of the screen and
> >nowhere else.

> First off, you do not start X by typing X!

I know that!  But in the directions that Metro-Link gave me, it says to do that!

Quote:> All that does is start the X server, which is a grey checkered
> screen with a little X cursor. You can move the mouse, but little else.

Yeah, it says that in the documentation.  The reason they have you do that first is so any problems can
be resolved BEFORE you type "startx".