Newbie question - X Windows problem

Newbie question - X Windows problem

Post by Lees Famil » Sun, 24 Jan 1999 04:00:00


I've just installed RH 5.0 on my Win 95 PC.  Everything works fine from the
main prompt, but when I try to start X Windows it flashes briefly and then
goes blank - leaving it for any amount of time results in nothing and the
HDD activity light is also dead.  Pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del occasionally lets me
reboot in "blank mode", but not always.  I have been forced to press the
Reset button, which is a Bad Thing, is it not?
I've tried running Xconfigurator, but to no avail.  My video chip is a
Cirrus Logic 5446 (1 Mb) and my monitor a generic 14" - refresh rates et al
specified under Windows and in the manual, so I know those are right.
Basically, I think this is a display problem - which other config programs
or files can I run/modify to rectify this problem?  Or is a new installation
on the cards?

Can anyone help a poor newbie?

J. A. Lees


Newbie question - X Windows problem

Post by burk » Mon, 25 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Since no one's answered this I'll take a shot. It sounds like you have
the X server running but no Window Manager... to effectively use X, you
need a WM. Add this line to .xinitrc in your home directory. (You may
need to make an .xinitrc)
exec fvwm (or exec twm or exec fvwm2 or exec fvwm95 or exec
your_favorite_WM). Much of the look and feel of linux gui comes from
your choise of WM, so check out your options... a good page to start you
out is

Lastly, you can kill your X-server with Alt+Ctrl+Backspace... a much
better way to kill X than the power button.

My Linux File Manager Page:


1. Newbie question: Problem on starting up X Window

I have installed my RH Linux 7.0. However, I am getting problem on starting
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1. Re-install my PC with RH 7.0
2. Switch to version XFree86 v 4.0.1 by using these commands (per Matrox
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