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Re: gnome does not start


Praveen Kallakuri:
> i finally
> removed everything xfree-, gnome-, etc and started afresh.
How did you do that ? dselect or manually ?
> i had the /etc/X11 dir almost empty. i know a lot of that is linked to
> in /usr/X11R6/libs but not sure how much. what i want to say is, i did
> not empty the latter. but i purged all x-related packages from dselect
> in order to start off afresh. to continue, i still have the same problem
> i had before.
> anwyays now, i have gnome2.2 (the woody backport created by James
> Strandboge). i have xfree86 4.2.1 backport for woody, again from
> people.debian.org/~blade/woody/i386.
> 3. gnome2 starts, i see gnome2 try to start but it immediately aborts
My experience with upgrading to gnome2 was, that some configuration was 
incompatible, and i should better have purged old gnome before .... but i am 
not sure to what extension (all ~/.gnome-* also ?).
since dpkg won't remove non empty directories it's even better to remove 
user's ~/.gnome and his /tmp/orbit-xyz also.
afaikc there was something like recommendet on their homepage....

Praveen Kallakuri: 
> well i guess that was something i dint try after installing the new X.
> but i tried it now, and i get the same behavior. note that i got twm to
> work. so i think its a gnome specific problem, but not having anything
> to do with userlevel or /etc/ config files. just a hunch. i am
> providing links to some files someone may find useful.
> thanks
> http://csce.unl.edu/~pkallaku/pub/general/XF86Config-4
> http://csce.unl.edu/~pkallaku/pub/general/XFree86.0.log
> http://csce.unl.edu/~pkallaku/pub/general/startx.err

Since X is starting up (so you can see gnome starting) it's probably ok.

So some details i wonder about, wouldn't help you, unfortunateley.
Mixed of /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and the X-Log:

SubSection "Display"
		Depth		16
		Modes		"1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

(--) VESA(0): Virtual size is 1024x768 (pitch 1024)
(**) VESA(0): Default mode "1024x768"

I'm used to have the first mode by default... maybe the ati-RamSize or your 
screen doesn't support this resolution ?

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility M6 [LY]"
	Driver		"vesa"
	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
	VideoRam	8
	Option		"UseFBDev"		"true"
(WW) VESA(0): Option "UseFBDev" is not used

Vesa is a framebuffer driver ? So why. 
(man XF86Config fbdev)

(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such file or directory)
.... Do you use acpi instead ?

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Generic Mouse"
	Driver		"mouse"
	Option		"SendCoreEvents"	"true"
	Option		"Device"		"/dev/input/mice"
	Option		"Protocol"		"ImPS/2"

Perhaps you better make mice a link to psaux...or just it to /dev/psaux here 
.... but, ok, it's log-osmetic ;-)

afaicr the ati raedon is supported from a 2.4.x  kernel module, but that's 
not the mobility then.... here's a link, but maybe no more actual.


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