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Re: Xwindows video modes

>>>>> "Eric" == Eric Budd <ebudd@linknet.net> writes:

    Eric> I have been trying to instal X on my linux box, and
    Eric> everythig in theinstallation went ok.  whenever I start
    Eric> xinit or startx, however, it rolls by some startup mgs and
    Eric> then gives me the following:

    Eric> (--) SVGA: There is no mode definition named "640x480"
	  (--) SVGA: Removing mode "640x480" from list of valid modes.
    Eric> (--) SVGA: There is no mode definition named "320x200" 
	  (--) SVGA: Removing mode "320x200" from list of valid modes.

    Eric> Then the screen blanks out for a second, comes back up,
    Eric> gives me a fatal server error, andgoes back to the root
    Eric> prompt.  Whenever I try xdm, it goes really wacko, with the
    Eric> screen flashing, text jumping around, and all sorts of
    Eric> interesting and disturbing things.

    Eric> I have de-installed and re-installed several times, checked
    Eric> my XF86Config (and several others) and everything seems to
    Eric> be set up right for my card (a Paradise Accelerator Value
    Eric> card) and my monitor.  The two modes ARE defined in
    Eric> XF86Config, both in /etc/lib and /usr/X11R6/lib/X11, but
    Eric> it's not picking them up.  I've been pulling my hair out
    Eric> trying to figure out why.

    Eric> Help me before I go bald!

Usually, behavior of this sort is caused by faulty configuration
information in /etc/X11/XF86Config.  You claim to have checked the
file and confirmed that everything is set up right for your card and
monitor, so that would not seem to be the problem.  The second thing
to check is whether you have the proper X server installed and set as
default.  The most reliable way to do this under Debian is to simply
reinstall the X server package and answer yes when it asks you if you
want to set this server as default.

Another possibility is that you have multiple XF86Config files on your
system and X is looking at the wrong one.  'locate' can be useful in
tracking down problems of this nature.

Good luck.

Nathan L. Cutler
Linux Enthusiast

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