[xubuntu-users] Cannot get X to run in Xubuntu 6.10
treibs at srv.net
Tue Feb 6 07:22:27 UTC 2007
I am trying to make use of several ten year old Digital Venturis FX-2
computers, and it seemed like a good idea to install Xubuntu. These
have 128 mb of RAM, and a 2 gb hard drive, and a Pentium cpu running at
166 MHz. I installed Xubuntu 6.10 alternate i386.iso that I downloaded
from the Xubuntu website. The installation did not seem to have any
problems. However, when I try to run Xubuntu in graphical mode, after
an initial black and white graphics screen with the xfce xubuntu rodent,
the picture blanked out, a blinking cursor hung in the upper left side
of the monitor for a few seconds, and then the monitor went off.
I tried running Xubuntu several times, with the same results as above.
When I start it by selecting the "recovery" mode in GRUB, it runs in
command mode, evidently as bash in root. But if I type startx, the
screen goes blank except for the blinking cursor for a few seconds in
the upper left corner, and then the monitor turns off, with the pilot
light going from green to alternating green and yellow, the same as what
happens if I just try to start in regular graphics mode..
After restarting Xubuntu in recovery mode, I looked at the syslog file
written in previous attempts. I got about four instances of ":gdm
gdm_slave-xioerror_handler: Fatal x error - Restarting :0" (The numbers
in the brackets varied.)
Then I got "gdm: Failed to start x server several times in a
short time period; disabling display:0" and
"exiting on signal 15"
I see in the archives that someone had similar problems a few weeks ago,
but they had nvidia graphics. These computers have S3 Trio64V2/GX
graphics chips on the motherboard. At least formerly these chips were
supported by a number of Linux distributions, but I am wondering whether
they are supported by Xubuntu. I tried running Damn Small Linux 3.2 as
a live CD, and that seems to work, so I think the hardware is ok. Also,
I tried another one of the identical computers I have on hand, and it
behaved the same.
Does anyone have any idea on what I need to do to get xubuntu to run on
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