Re: Xwindows video modes
>>>>> "Eric" == Eric Budd <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
Nathan L. Cutler
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