X Configuration Woes
arindam.mukerjee at gmail.com
Tue Sep 12 00:28:57 PDT 2006
I am an absolute FreeBSD Newbie and I decided to give it a try over a
lazy weekend - mainly because I don't want to throw away my old PIII
box. I picked up FreeBSD 5.4 which was all I got and I am dual booting
it with RHEL4.3. My box is rather old ... P3 733 Mhz with 256 megs of
SDRAM at 100MHz, and I installed FreeBSD on the first 6.5 Gigs of my
Seagate harddrive ... connected to the Primary master IDE interface.
Now I had these two FreeBSD 5.4 ISOs ... CD1 and CD2, and I booted
from CD1 directly and did the install. There is no automatic X
configuration in the installer so I tried running it manually.
1. I tried running "Xorg -configure". For some reason "Xorg
-configure" threw an error:
xf86EnableIO: could not open /dev/io for extended IO. However, when I did run:
ls -l /dev/io
crw------- root wheel 246, 14 /dev/io
2. Never figured out what went wrong there but instead used
"xorgconfig" and that "worked", as in, it wrote my config file. Here
are my Screen details:
*** Samsung Samtron 45Bn monitor (33-55 KHz HorSyncRate, 50-120 Hz
Vert Refresh Rate).
*** Cirrus Logic GD 5465 graphics card on a PCI slot - with 4MB video memory.
*** For one, I have an immovable mouse ... it is an old haggardly
Logitech 3-button serial mouse and I could not make it work. Don't
know which is the device name to use for the port it is connected to.
Should it be /dev/tty00 or /dev/cuad0 or /dev/sysmouse or /dev/mse0?
So could not configure it.
- Tried running sysinstall to configure it but that would not work
either ... tried Logitech, Microsoft and MouseMan protocols and
/dev/tty00 and /dev/cuad0 for device names ... all combinations. Did
I would have liked to attach my xorg.conf file but don't have access
to it right away. I guess there are no probs in it ... I read through
the relevant sections of it and from what I remember of my RedHat
Linux 6.0 days, this file seems fine.
3. Finally I tried changing the /etc/ttys file and for /dev/ttyv8,
turned xterm "on" from "off".
==>> Now each time I boot into FreeBSD, I get a flickering blank,
black screen with nothing on it. I keep try [Ctrl+] Alt + F<n>
...n=1..12 ... but no success.
==>> I keep trying Ctrl + Alt + Backspace ... but no breakthrough.
==>> I tried Ctrl + Alt + KP_+/- also, with the Num Lock on ... but
again no respite.
1. While the screen continuously flickers, the Num Lock of the
Keyboard keeps blinking too (if it was on, to start with).
2. A while back, when I had not yet configured X with xorgconfig and
just like that switched on "xterm" on /dev/ttyv8, I rememeber the
getty program was respawning too quickly, due to which it was going
into 30 second sleeps. So I switched xterm off. Of course, after that
I found xorgconfig.
3. Here are the modes I have allowed in xorgconfig:
a. 8 bit - 800x600, 640x480 (removed 1024x768, 1280x1024)
b. 16 bit (default) - 800x600, 640x480 (removed 1024x768, 1280x1024)
c. 24 bit - 800x600, 640x480 (removed 1024x768, 1280x1024)
4. Earlier, after completing xorgconfig, while xterm was off on ttyv8
in /etc/ttys, I tried:
startx -- -depth 16 :1 vt10
and it gave me the same problems.
5. Finally, during sysinstall installation of the OS, I could not
configure moused with my mouse ... and while I would briefly see a
tiny pointer, I would not see it move with my mouse movements.
If you can wade through this gibberish, please help.
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