On Sun, 2010-10-17 at 09:20 -0700, David Lowe wrote: 
> On 16 Oct, 2010, at 6:40 PM, David Zuccaro wrote:
> > On Fri, 2010-10-15 at 08:16 -0700, David Lowe wrote:
> >> On 14 Oct, 2010, at 7:47 PM, David Zuccaro wrote:
> >> 
> >>> What is causing my x windows server to crash. How can I fix it?
> >>> 
> >>> This is the error in syslog:
> >>> Oct 15 10:36:48 Palatinus gdm[3173]: WARNING:
> >>> gdm_slave_xioerror_handler: Fatal X error - Restarting :0
> >> 
> >> Is this a new install, or one that has recently been updated?  This
> >> specific error has in the past been solved by rolling back to a
> >> previous version video driver or updating the video driver.  In any
> >> case, it is likely that the error will randomly pop up from time to
> >> time until resolved - i.e. you will probably see this same error even
> >> if you never start FreeCiv.  You may also want to file a bug report
> >> with Debian.
> > 
> > It started happening when I switched to a 21.5" monitor and added an
> > extra 3 GB of physical memory.
> I'd bet you dollars to doughnuts that the blame for the crashes can be
> laid on the video driver having difficulties using the settings for
> the old monitor on the new monitor.  I've not tried Debian yet [i
> actually have a disc i mean to give a whirl, but haven't found time to
> do so], however, there's probably enough similarity to Ubuntu to make
> this work.  I'll list them in order of pain involved.

Yes I have found debian to be very similar to ubuntu. There are minor
differences but he underlying architecture is the same. 
> 1) You probably have a GUI tool to configure the driver.  For
> instance, the proprietary Nvidia driver includes "NVidia X Server
> Settings", which is attached to my System -> Administration menu.
> Gnome also provides a tool for the open source drivers, on my system
> it is in the System menu -> Preferences -> Monitors.  

I have no video card. I'm using on-board video which is intel based.
lspci gives:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ
Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

I have no GUI tool to configure the monitor other than the one that sets
the resolution.

Just to clarify this this the current configuration of my system:

gnu/linux/debian lenny
xserver-xorg-video-intel             2:2.3.2-2+lenny8 
xserver-xorg                         1:7.3+20 
xserver-xorg-core                    2:1.4.2-10.lenny2
linux-image-2.6-686                  2.6.26+17+lenny1 

> 2) [from a terminal] "sudo dpkg-reconfigure <package name>", where
> <package name> is something like xserver-xorg or perhaps the name of
> the package that provides your video driver.  The difficulty is
> knowing exactly which package it is that needs to be configured,
> apt/aptitude might be able to help out here.  

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
This command just presented me with several screens to do with
configuring my keyboard layout. So no help here.

I just found a way to reliably cause this error to happen: By dragging
around a window. 

> 3) Another method would be to totally log out of X and use a single
> user shell or console. I'm not sure how this is accomplished in
> Debian, but it may involve selecting an option from the
> grub/lilo/yaboot menu. Once there, type the following commands:
> cd /etc/X11/
> Xorg -configure
> When that is finished test your settings by typing:
> startx

I tried this. The crash still happens.

I have been reading various threads on the subject. Such as:



But no clear fix is presented but it has been marked as resolved.

I'm a bit wary of using a nonstandard kernel under debian.



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