----- Forwarded message from Dale Scheetz <email@example.com> ----- From: Dale Scheetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Branden Robinson <email@example.com> Subject: Problem with X after upgrade to potato Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2000 10:55:39 -0500 (EST) Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Delivered-To: email@example.com X-Sender: dwarf@dwarf In-Reply-To: <20001212180409.B28271@deadbeast.net> Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0012131038100.32465-100000@dwarf> If you noticed my clumsy postings about my potato upgrade, you will understand that I have only recently gotten apt-get to do a complete potato upgrade. As a result, I am recieving a new behavior from X that is a real bummer. When working in X, I am often switching back to a console VC, and then returning back to the X VC when done at the console. After the upgrade, often, but not always, switching back to the X server's VC will cause the server to restart. It doesn't always happen, but it happens often enough to make doing honest work very difficult. (restarting mozilla is a real yawn) Now, from what little I understand of X, this could be a problem with xdm, the xserver itself, the window manager, or possibly even a kernel interaction over VC switching signals. I haven't the foggiest idea where to look, or how to approach this problem. I can give you some gut instincts, based on this machines past performances with X. I suspect there is some kind of hardware glitch in my graphics card, but I don't have the resources to swap for another. (poverty sucks) In the past (I've owned this machine for almost 4 years now), I've had a different problem with X. On very rare occasions, clicking the mouse would cause a section of the screen to go to garbage (like static on the TV) in a small band around the mouse pointer. Each successive click made the screen uglier, however, the functions still worked well enought to log xdm out and restart the server. It would always come back up clean. (my C experience suggests a misplaced pointer, writing mouse data over screen memory, but it could be many other things as well) I don't know if this is related, but, the gpm server, on rare occasions goes belly up, and the only way I can fix it is to re-install gpm. This also suggests hardware flakeyness, but could just as easily be the result of a race condition within gpm. What I wish, is that I could afford that neat new IBM machine with the flat screen and the machine built into the screen base, but I don't have the 4 grand... Any suggestions on my X problem would be greatfully appreciated. Thanks, Dwarf -- _-_-_-_-_- Author of "The Debian Linux User's Guide" _-_-_-_-_-_- aka Dale Scheetz Phone: 1 (850) 656-9769 Flexible Software 11000 McCrackin Road e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tallahassee, FL 32308 _-_-_-_-_-_- See www.linuxpress.com for more details _-_-_-_-_-_-_- ----- End forwarded message ----- -- G. Branden Robinson | Measure with micrometer, Debian GNU/Linux | mark with chalk, email@example.com | cut with axe, http://deadbeast.net/~branden/ | hope like hell.
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