Questions, questions questions

Questions, questions questions

Post by J. Guy Stalnake » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00



Hi gang,

I've used Wesley Joe's very well written notes on setting up LinuxPPC on
my Motorola StarMax 3000/160 (603e, 32M, ext SCSI 370M drive).  An
almost flawless install ... almost flawless.

Several problems I'd like to through to the group to see if anyone has
encountered them before:

1. I can start X, no problem, with video modes 640x480 8-bit and 16-bit,
800x600 8-bit and 16-bit, 1024x768 8-bit (just like on my MacOS).  BUT,
the color palatte used with any bit depth other then 8-bit is a mess
(kinda yellowish-gray with other assorted annoying affects).  8-bit (256
colors) displays as expected (the usual color icons, etc.).  Text mode
has no problems with the vmode changes.

2. For some reason, some X apps don't recognize the mouse correctly.  I
used mouseconfig to correctly set the mouse to ADB, and in, say, xman,
the app recognizes that a pointer is over a menu (the menu drops down),
but when I move the cursor down the menu to select an option, no
highlighting (and thus no options).  Xedit does the same thing.  Xterm
works just fine!  XV doesn't is not okay (seems to want a right mouse
button that the Mac mouse doesn't have and for which I cannot find an
equivalent keyboard modifier key).

3. Netscape runs and recognizes the ppp connection as expected.
Unfortunately, it runs in grayscale mode--the whole app!  That is, all
app icons are grayscale as are any graphics downloaded from a site.  The
graphics are color (I can view them in XV and confirm that they're
color), it's just that Netscape only shows them as grayscale images.

Any suggestions greatly welcome.
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Post by Bjorn Ericsso » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00



> 1. I can start X, no problem, with video modes 640x480 8-bit and 16-bit,
> 800x600 8-bit and 16-bit, 1024x768 8-bit (just like on my MacOS).  BUT,
> the color palatte used with any bit depth other then 8-bit is a mess
> (kinda yellowish-gray with other assorted annoying affects).  8-bit (256
> colors) displays as expected (the usual color icons, etc.).  Text mode
> has no problems with the vmode changes.

> 3. Netscape runs and recognizes the ppp connection as expected.
> Unfortunately, it runs in grayscale mode--the whole app!  That is, all
> app icons are grayscale as are any graphics downloaded from a site.  The
> graphics are color (I can view them in XV and confirm that they're
> color), it's just that Netscape only shows them as grayscale images.

I had the same problems running AfterStep. KDE don't have them though.

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Post by ian reinhart geise » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00




> > 1. I can start X, no problem, with video modes 640x480 8-bit and 16-bit,
> > 800x600 8-bit and 16-bit, 1024x768 8-bit (just like on my MacOS).  BUT,
> > the color palatte used with any bit depth other then 8-bit is a mess
> > (kinda yellowish-gray with other assorted annoying affects).  8-bit (256
> > colors) displays as expected (the usual color icons, etc.).  Text mode
> > has no problems with the vmode changes.

> > 3. Netscape runs and recognizes the ppp connection as expected.
> > Unfortunately, it runs in grayscale mode--the whole app!  That is, all
> > app icons are grayscale as are any graphics downloaded from a site.  The
> > graphics are color (I can view them in XV and confirm that they're
> > color), it's just that Netscape only shows them as grayscale images.

> I had the same problems running AfterStep. KDE don't have them though.

        i think afterstep uses more colours than
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Post by J. Guy Stalnake » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00


Bjorn and Ian:

I thank you for replying.  The solution to the video
mode problems turned out to be trivially simple.  I used as
my guide for the LinuxPPC install a set of instructions at

http://www.duke.edu/~wj/linuxppc

They are relatively thorough and I managed the install with
few problems.  Of course, there are the little things left. I
skipped several sections of these pages because they referred
to hardware I don't have.  On a second review, I noticed that
one of them explictly states that the Xpmac file that comes
installed with the current version of RedHat does not support
color modes beyond 8-bit.  He provides a link to a more recent
build of the file.  Once downloaded and correctly chmoded, I
get the color modes I want (800x600, 16-bit) AND Netscape now
displays correctly.

Bravo Wesley Joe.  Now to get X apps to work with my Mac ADB
mouse!
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Post by Ian K Ericks » Mon, 01 Jun 1998 04:00:00




: > > 3. Netscape runs and recognizes the ppp connection as expected.
: > > Unfortunately, it runs in grayscale mode--the whole app!  That is, all
: >
: > I had the same problems running AfterStep. KDE don't have them though.
:
:       i think afterstep uses more colours than
:       KDE...

It does. I couldn't run GIMP in Afterstep until I disabled AS's window and
wharf gradients and changed the backdrop to black. Then most all apps run
fine without color problems, except ascd which which always complains of
not being able to allocate a color, but it runs fine.

fvwm uses even fewer colors if its a real problem. Or buy more RAM.
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