Xorg Problems

Fred Boatwright fred at blakemfg.com
Sat Aug 21 21:13:10 UTC 2010

Hi Matthew,

The .xinitrc file starts fvwm.  I have not found any error message that
would indicate fvwm is not running.

One of the common failure modes you mention is probably what I have!

Best regards,

Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 21/08/2010 18:13:09, Fred Boatwright wrote:
> > The screen is completely black. No mouse pointer.  When the xorg.conf
> > file is tested using Xorg -conf xorg.conf.new -retro I get the gray grid
> > and the X mouse pointer.  Without the -retro I get a totally black
> > screen, no mouse pointer.
> Um.... yes.  That's what the '-retro' flag does: reintroduce the grid
> pattern etc. that lets you confirm X is responsive, rather than the new
> and really not at all improved behaviour of just throwing up a black
> screen which is remarkably similar to some common failure modes.
> Try starting up a window manager or similar.  It might be that nothing
> at all is actually wrong...
>         Cheers,
>         Matthew
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