Last night I decided to download BootX along with the associated files
and all. This is a good news/bad news kind of post about that. And if
anyone has any ideas on how to fix this new problem I'd be happy
(actually estatic) to listen. :-)
Anyway, first let me just say
"WOW! WHAT A WONDERFULE THING BOOTX IS!!!!!!"
It worked fine the first time I tried it and the Mac went back to being
the Mac afterwards without me having to do any kind of funky key
holding. Not that I minded the funky key holdings - it's just a lot
nicer to not have to do so.
The new version of vmlinux (2.1.125????) also has solved several of the
other problems which I was experiencing. Like the sound is now on. I
get beeps, boops, and music when I play my CD instead of just seeing the
little lights go up and down on the sequencer but nothing coming out of
the speakers. :-) Thank you to whoever fixed the problem!
Ok, now the bad news. If I do not boot up with the "No video" option on
BootX, then everything comes back chunky (ie: the monitor switches from
1280x1024 to 640x480). Now, this shouldn't be a problem because I can
just type in VMODE 20 8. Right? Well, I do. But when I then type
STARTX - _BING!_ the monitor switches back to 640x480. Wierd right? I
thought so. So I tried getting back out of X and retyping VMODE 20 8
into the mingetty window. Everything clears, looks good, I type STARTX,
and suddenly I have _nothing_. The screen goes black and I can't get
out of X windows, reboot, etc.... So I have to press the panic button
and then I'm WOWed again. BootX jumps in, resets everything, and I'm
back to the Mac. Frankly - I'm impressed as hell with BootX. :-)
Anyway, so I try to reboot without using the video driver. Everything
seems to work fine except when I get into X windows it's like a trip to
the 60's. Everything is some sort of a freaky glow in the dark color.
Brilliant orange background, hot pink title bars. You'd have to see it
to believe it. So I checked the colormap. All of the entries in the
colormap are used up. No wonder the freaky colors. So I did some more
checking and I think what is happening is that KDE has reared its ugly
head. I am using fvwm2 but while under fvwm2 I played around with some
of the KDE programs. Namely kdmconfig. The greek (not green!)
background is made up of exactly the same kinds of colors the colormap
is loaded up with.
So my question is - how do I stop the system from using that background?
Now! Before you go off half*ed and tell me to just use the
KDMCONFIG to change it - remember that I'm going directly into fvwm2 by
typing STARTX. I do not even get to the kdm main page with all of the
icons and what-not on it. So what I need to know is - what file is
being looked at when I start up X that is telling fvwm2 to load in the
background. Besides, I've already tried KDMCONFIG and setting the
background to black. No go.
If you know what's going on here though - let me know so I can fix it.
These colors are just awful. And I mean A-W-F-U-L!!!!! :-) To quote
Bert Reynolds in The End: It looks as if Walt Disney threw up (all over
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