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[vox-tech] robyn snyder's X problem on a laptop
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[vox-tech] robyn snyder's X problem on a laptop

i just realized that the subject of this thread is totally absurd.  i
changed it to something that makes sense.

the references should keep peoples' threading mail clients happy.


little busy right now, so i'll answer the easy questions.  if nobody
picks up the harder question, i'll try to get to it by monday.

begin Robin Snyder <resnyder@ucdavis.edu> 
> >
> > begin Robin Snyder <resnyder@ucdavis.edu>
> > > I'm in the process of running
> > > dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 and have gotten to the point of
> > > specifying video modes.
> >
> > try this instead:
> >
> >    # XFree86 -configure
> >
> > i've seen it fail exactly once, and that was because the machine had
> > both a video chipset and a video card at the same time.  it'll certainly
> > work great for a card as well supported as a matrox g400.  matrox fully
> > opened that card for linux developers.
> I tried that already.  It was unable to pick up my mouse

never throw an X configuration away because your mouse doesn't work.
this method usually doesn't pick up the mouse.  but that's small

> admittedly unusual (a remote, IR pointer).  After killing the screen
> produced by XFree86 -configure, I tried running startx, and it
> wouldn't work.  Again, it seems troubled by not finding the mga_hal
> module.  I'll append the output of XFree86 -xf86config
> /root/XF86Config.new and startx to the end of this message.  (I do see
> that XFree86 has a line "Chipset mgag400 found."  Perhaps I do have an
> mgag chip somewhere?  It wasn't in the specs I received with the machine.)

have you looked your laptop up on:


> > > I'm trying to look at my old XF86Config file
> > > (which I backed up before upgrading) to see what I had listed before,
> > > but I can't read the XF86Config file.  I'm told that no such file
> > > exists, even though I can see it listed, with nonzero size, and I have
> > > read permission.  Can anyone tell me what's going on?
> >
> > is . in your $PATH?
> >
> > try using a full pathname: vi /etc/X11/XF86Config
> >
> > use the file command to make sure it's not a broken symlink.
> I tried using the full pathname but was told that the file didn't
> exist.  Similarly, when I tried using file, I got a message saying
> Can't stat <mypath>/XF86Config (No such file or directory).

you put a control character in the filename.  use tab completion.

or do:
ls -l /etc/X11/XF*
file /etc/X11/XF*
vi /etc/X11
:w! /tmp/blah
cat /tmp/blah

then mail the file "typescript" to vox-tech.  unless it's huge.  if it's
huge, send it to me instead.

point of info: when you were at the installfest, we didn't have a net
connection (the first thing we would've done is go to the linux-laptop
website).   we have net access now, so you can bring the laptop to the
next IF.  unfortunately, that's a little far off, i would suggest going
there and looking up your laptop.

they often have canned XF86Config-4's for you to download and use.  they
for my laptop!

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