problems w/ X
A short history of my problem...
LX164 machine was running X just fine. I updated some package (from
"testing") and X stopped working. In hindsight all I needed to do was
add the bus identifier for my card to XF86Config-4, but I didn't figure
that out until I had really caused harm to the system :-)
Instead, what I did was "apt-cache search" for all installed packages
that might have anything to do with X, and then "apt-get remove'd" them.
I figured I'd remove everything and then reinstall them and everything
should be back to normal.
Certainly a heavy-handed approach, but I thought it would work.
Well it didn't.
If I try to do "startx" from a prompt, it starts flickering the screen
and then it just displays a black screen and locks the system down
completely. Keyboard is completely ignored and the system is not
accessible via the network. Power/reset buttons are the only responsive
The XFree86 log looks like things are going reasonably well - a few
modules are not found - but I assume that this is because I specified
too many when xserver-xfree86 was configured and this should not be
causing a problem (correct me if I'm wrong). The kernel log does show
XFree86 causing 4 unaligned traps and that is the end of the log (before
the next boot sequence). So maybe these traps are causing problems?
This is for both a 2.4 kernel and a 2.6.5 kernel.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.