Newbie Upgraded XFree86 4.2.0 to 4.3.0 problems now with X
Right I finally decided to try and learn how to use Linux. Friend pointed out that RedHat was a good one to start with. Please forgive me but I am very new to this so I know NOTHING!!!!!
This is what I have achieved so far:-
1. Downloaded the 3 iso's burned them onto CD (Took 18 hours to do that)
2. Downloaded the Docs iso and the 2 source iso's (More time, for future use)
3. Burned them onto CD's (I was impressed with myself)
4. Made some nice lables to lable them all, stuck to newly burned CD's
5. Have 40Gb hard drive, want 2 dual boot to run 20Gb with W98SE and 20GB with linux (cos i need the W98SE for a networked XP PC + will learn more I think)
6. Could not partition the drive so have accepted a loss of 8Gb due to W98SE fat32 will not see the last bit.
7. Now have 16Gb for W98SE and 16Gb for Linux
8. Installed W98SE along with needed software and it runs well enough
9. Installed RadHat Linux version 8.0 (Install process checked all cds and they are ok)
10. Installed as a workstaion with both X systems (KDE and KNome I think you call them)
11. Was impressed that i got this far!!! What I wanted to do next is to install the NVIDIA drivers from the Nvidia web site because my computer ran very slow and the extra games Chromium crashed the computer.
12. Spent a good week trying to work out which drivers i needed and then many attempts to install them. The Linux lA32 driver seemd to work in the end
13. Configured the /etc/X11/X86Config file to include the glx and nvidia bits and removed the other bits that it said to do.
14. Rebooted and to my complete surprise I got the NVIDIA logo on boot up and it worked fine (for the speed of my computer anyway) The game Chromium worked really well too with my GForce 4 Ti4200 graphix card.
15. Feeling rather chuffed with myself I attempted to load the upgrade to XFree86 4.3.0 as i had 4.2.0 on the system.
16. This is where I have got to and cannot get any further. Now It does say that I needed to exit the X console before installing (no idea how to do that so proceeded inside the X console. I new this could be a bad Idea but decided to proceed)
17. after install it said I needed to reconfigure the X console but it did not tell me how to do that so I just rebooted.
18. Ok it now would not start up the X config which did not surprise me! and after some fafing about I decided to reinstall the NVIDIA drivers.
19 To my initial surprise it seemed to work, I got the NVIDIA logo on bootup, I got my normal login screen, but after loging in as root, it simply goes to a screen which is very basic.
20 This screen has the following windows on it:
a, xsm: Default with Client list, Session Log, Checkpoint and Shutdown bits on it
b, A second window that comes alive on pressing the left mouse which is basically the terminal (shell thingy) which I can access the various drives etc.
Sorry for the long explination but I thought it may help, what I need to know is, is my system recoverable so I can restore the X console. Or have I really messed it up.
If it is or not could you let me know how to fix it or should I re install from the begininig?
I get the feeling that some file is stopping my Xconsole from booting up or I need to simply configure something so it knows where to boot up from, but I have no idea and so have truned for some advice from you guys.
I really hope you can help cos I want to crack on with this Linux adventure and this is stopping me. I want to next see if i can get Counter-strike working and see if I can get my machine to be really stable etc etc.
Thankyou for reading this post, it's long I know but I am finding this stuff rather difficult and wanted to show you what I have done so far so you can get an idea to what level I am at.
Thank you, and any help you can give will be gratefully recieved,
All the best
Well I'm not sure I understand
I have tried what you guys say, here are the results:
Dolda2000: Have already tried what you have kindly surjested but with setting the Session to any of the options iI get the same results. Thanks for the Advice though.
Kriss: 'try adding this in your ~/.xinitrc:' I'm not sure how to do this SORRY!! also exec startkde/gnome-session it cannot find this file do you know what directry it may be in? also xf86cfg seems to produce a nice program and most of the stuff seems to be correct for my configuration I cannot however find anyting with reference to the X gui? Can you help more?
andutt: Tried your stuff too X -configure prodcess a whole load of stuff but I have no idea what to do with it. Also X -xf86config XF86Config.new give me the report:
Fatal server error, server is already active for display 0, if server is no longer running remove /tmp/.XO-lock and start again?????
What does this mean, should i be trying to get the display to be 1
Thanks for you help so far lads, but I need more if it