sounds like you are doing pretty good. If you are getting the gray screen and black X then your video card is supported and you have started X. What you are missing is a window manager. I don't know what window manager you want but give fluxbox a try, it is in the ports collection. If you want something a little heavier try KDE or GNOME. I am aware that KDE/Gnome aren't window managers, thank you. Once you have installed a window manager they edit your .xinitrc and add a call to your window manager (exec startkde for kde, exec fluxbox for fluxbox). Check the archive of this list somebody has done a good walk though for this before. If you do install kde from ports then allow a good few hours for it to finish.
try: http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x11-wm.html the friendly handbook for some good examples. good luck! -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 10:22 AM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: Xfree86 Config Problems Thanks for prompt reply, guys. I enjoy this community, but hate the install. While I didn't mention it in my email, I did try this as well: > > # XFree86 -configure And it didn't work. Gave me X cursor in gray screen and could not get out. As for checking for multiple config files, how would I know? Where would I find them? What would I do with them all, just rm them? What if I found more than one? How do I know which one is being used? Why so many config utils? Why are there so many possible locations? This is my first install of BSD, and while I've installed Linux a dozen times, I don't know where to find things in BSD. I'm overwhelmed and frustrated. Please walk me through the steps before I give up on BSD. I wonder if my S3 Savage 2000 video card is supported, even though it was on the list. I saw many posts about S3 problems, none with obvious solutions. I could use the FreeBSD 5.1 Release if that would help. I saw this link about S3 Savage at http://www.xfree86.org/support.html a private developer at http://www.probo.com/timr/savage40.html where he says: "xvideo on the Savage2000 still seems to be broken. I don't know when I'll be able to get around to this." Thus far, the install process is overly complicated and not inviting to new users. I could provide specific feedback on this if anyone wants it. >From Viktor Lazlo <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on 23 Jun 2003: > > > On Sun, 22 Jun 2003 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > http://cgisleve.tripod.com/bsd/xfreebad.html is a web page of this info. > > > > XFree86 Configuration Problems > > by Steve LeBlanc © 2003.6.22 > > Installed FreeBSD for first time. Text login was fine. NIC worked. > Did a telnet and ftp to computers on the Internet. All seemed to work > except for configuring XFree86. No screen found when I did startx. Below > are the details: > > > > The full commented files: XF86Config.txt and XFreelog.txt > > > > Settings > > XFree86 Ver:4.2.1 > > Release Date: 3 September 2002 > > OS: FreeBSD 5.0 RELEASE > > Video: S3 Savage2000 (generic) 64MB, 3D > > Monitor: Cornea MT1700 17" LCD H: 31.5-80, V: 56-75 > > > > > > After install I tried both: xf86cfg -textmode and xf86config to > > reconfigure. I read the docs deeply and redid this 15 times, using the > > various command line tools. Each of the last 10 times, I typed in my > > settings and selected my Graphics card from the list. I just can't get > > startx to work. Below are my XF86Config file and my XFree log file, > with comments removed. > > > > Fatal server error: > > no screens found > > Check the handbook: > > 5.4.2 Configuring XFree86 4.X > > Configuration of XFree86 4.X is a multi-step process. The first step > > is to build an initial configuration file with the -configure option to > XFree86. As the super user, simply run: > > # XFree86 -configure > > Cheers, > > Viktor _______________________________________________________ The FREE service that prevents junk email http://www.mailshell.com _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" ******************** This email communication is intended as a private communication for the sole use of the primary addressee and those individuals listed for copies in the original message. 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