that didn't seem to help much or i'm doing something terribly wrong. i did try to reconfigure x-server and went to xdesktop to choose default desktop (no other config opts.). when i run startx i get blank screen akin. typing afterstep at the command prompt gives the error msg. "can't open display.". i'm doing all of this on my laptop, with silicon motion graphics lynx em+ graphics card. is there a min on the video ram that kde or any such need to operate? pulling out what little hair i have. newbie
peter lageotakes <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Have you configured X-Server? If not try this as root, /stand/sysinstall Select post config install. Select Xfree server (roughly). Sorry I am stuck on w2k now. You should now have 3 or 4 ways to configure your X-server. I typically use the ncruses style installer. I believe that is the 2nd one down on the list. It works just like the freebsd installer. After you configure your xserver, then you should configure your desktop (same menu as xserver). Once that is done you should have a happy GUI environment. The desktop that you configure will be your starting GUI once you type startx. FYI: Check out the errata for FreeBSD. You cannot install both KDE and Gnome because they use a different version of LDAP. Listed below is the link to FreeBSD's errata. http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.9R/errata.html Hope this helps, Pete --- [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > i'm a newbie and i just installed freebsd 4.8. the > basic installation seemed > to have gone fairly well, i can use the console mode > fine enough. the problem > is when i try to load a window manager, KDE, > Afterstep, Windowmaker (the ones > i've tried thus far) i get a blank screen when i use > the startx command. when > i try just typing afterstep or kcontrol at the > command prompt i get a "cannot > open display" msg. any thoughts or suggestions? send > reply to > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > thanks much > _______________________________________________ > [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Free Pop-Up Blocker - Get it now http://companion.yahoo.com/ --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Free Pop-Up Blocker - Get it now _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"