After re-installing the system, I typed 'startx' and everything started up right away, using Gnome this time.

Lloyd Hayes

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Matt Navarre wrote:

On Wednesday 16 June 2004 09:14, Lloyd Hayes wrote:

>How are you trying to start X Windows? If you're just expecting it to

start, you're going to end up disappointed.

I was expecting the graphical desktop to start automatically. However I
also tried startx, and I played with xdm. Whatever I was doing kept
coming up with errors about no screen.

Aha! a clue! You are missing at least the Screen section of your XFree config file. The Screen section tells the X server what combination of monitor, video card, resolution and color depth to use.

I'm guessing that your XF86Config file isn't configured right(or at all). Try the xf86config command I mentioned earlier, I've had better luck with that in general than the XFree86 -configure route in the past.

Don't feel bad, configuring X is one of the most common stumbling blocks for new FreeBSD users, especially people coming from a Mac or Windows background. Most Linux distros configure X automagically at install time, FreeBSD doesn't for a couple of reasons: A) X isn't part of the base system, it's an add-on like any other port. B) There's a stronger "learn how to do it" meme 'round these parts than, say, the Linux or Windows camps. Linux (at least the "main" distros) has much more a "Mom should be able to use it" mentallity. C) It's usually not a stumbling block for long, and you end up learning a bit about the system in the process. Think of it as a learning experience :) Or just keep repeating "That which does not kill me can only make me stronger".

Lloyd Hayes

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