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Title: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: vector on August 11, 2010, 11:02:55 pm
Please post any problems/bugs with the SOHO 6 final release here. We can use this information to help perfect the upcoming DELUXE release. We can also use this information to post a small boot iso so that installer failures can be corrected and those just wanting to use the free release will beable to install. Thanks for the help!!

Cheers,
Vec
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: boris on August 12, 2010, 01:38:29 am
Sorry, but I had no big luck installing VL-6-SOHO.

My system: AMD Athlon x2 processors 2.2 Ghz, 4 Gig memory, 2x 250 Gig drives (sda + sdb), Nvidia model:  GT200 [GeForce GT 220], Samsung SyncMaster 21'' monitor.
On boot from CD-ROM the first screen I saw was  not the conventional screen with keyboard layout, but the screen with the menu for display resolution. I tried most of the items in the menu, from 640x480 to the monitor's native resolution 1680x1050, always with the same result. I get the message that Xorg configuration is screwed up irreparably, that this sometimes happens, then I am forwarded to Linux console.
I tried to login as root ("root" without password) and restart "setup". This time I get the message that the system cannot find the VL CD-ROM in the drive.
Maybe some cryptic boot parameter would remedy the disaster, but I have no idea what this parameter might be.

Next I tried to boot into the old text-based installer (typing "linux" as boot parameter) This experiment ended quickly with the following message:
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No file system could mount root, tried: reiserfs ext3 ext2 ext4 ext4dev vfat msdos iso9660 ntfs jfs xfs
Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount rootfs on unknown block (1,0)
PID:1, comm:swapper Not tainted 2.6.31.11 # 1
Call Trace (some addresses)
I gave up at once

Next I tried to install  VL-6-SOHO with the help of "vinstall-iso" script. Conveniently the script is found on the CD-ROM itself in "install" folder.

Working from "SUSE-11.2" I started the Level2 console and attempted the installation. this time I got the message that "initrd.img cannot be extracted from .iso file, there is no such file". The installation aborted totally.
I looked into the CD-ROM and found that there is really no "initrd.img" file, there is "initrd.gz" file, so I am at a loss.

Any workable hint will be appreciated.

Best wishes
BNK
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: verden on August 12, 2010, 03:15:34 am
My install went ok when i installed from cd's instead of usb flash drives.
When booting setting up APM fails
and openoffiec does not install from the 2nd cd.
I would like to know how to install openoffice 3.2 from the 2nd cd?
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: verden on August 12, 2010, 04:05:29 am
I have manually installed openoffice 3.2 from the cd so its not an issue for me anymore.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: retired1af on August 12, 2010, 07:44:16 am
My first attempt at installation bombed. Although the MD5 sum checked out on the install CD, I went ahead and burned another CD. Installation flew after that. For those that are having issues with the installation, reburn the CD at a slower speed and see if that helps.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: davec51 on August 12, 2010, 08:00:13 am
This is a repost from the Announcements area, where it was wrongly posted. Sorry.
I just installed 6.0 Soho, including CD2. I can't boot: The process goes as far as the last icon after signin (is that the desktop?) and stops. I have installed twice, tried to start x as both user and root. I have to turn off the computer and turn on again.
I have a PentiumIV machine with an Intel graphics card, 512MB RAM. I have Vector 6.0KDE on another partition, and it works perfectly.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: davec51 on August 12, 2010, 08:18:03 am
"This is a repost from the Announcements area, where it was wrongly posted. Sorry.
I just installed 6.0 Soho, including CD2. I can't boot: The process goes as far as the last icon after signin (is that the desktop?) and stops. I have installed twice, tried to start x as both user and root. I have to turn off the computer and turn on again.
I have a PentiumIV machine with an Intel graphics card, 512MB RAM. I have Vector 6.0KDE on another partition, and it works perfectly."

Thanks, Vector, for your reply. I booted up my Vector 6.0 KDE, mounted the partition that had VL-6 Final, and deleted the .local, kde, and .config files. Then I booted VL-6 Final and success! I'm making this post from there. Thanks again.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: davec51 on August 12, 2010, 08:47:46 am
Bad news. It booted once, but then reverted to its old behavior (sticking at the second or fourth icon after signing on). It seems the .kde file keeps mysteriously reappearing at each boot, even though I keep deleting it.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: M0E-lnx on August 12, 2010, 08:53:04 am
the .kde directory will always get created if it doesn't exist. That's where KDE stores your settings and preferences and all the hidden stuff.

There must be something causing it to freeze at that point though... Did you change any of the preferences, appearance or anything after the desktop shows up?

Try deleting the dir again, logging out and back in, not change anything, then log out and back in... see if it still freezes.

Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: boris on August 12, 2010, 12:05:34 pm
I wrote it earlier in the thread that after booting VL-SOHO-6.0 from CDROM I get thrown out into Linux shell. I try to restart the game by typing "setup" - here is what happens.
I get the setup menu with 4 choices - 1)change keyboard layout, 2)start the installation, 3)return to previous dialog and 4)bail out to console. I select #2, the system scrolls down lots of messages and tells me that it did not find the CDROM in my computer. then I select #4, get console and try to run "probedisk". That's what I get:
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/dev/sda | CD_ROM | Optiarc DVD RW AD 7240S
/dev/sda | Direct-Access | ATA  HITACHI HDS 72102
/dev/sdb | Direct-Access | ATA  HITACHI HDS 72102
/dev/sdc | Direct-Access | Epson-Stylus storage
It is worth noting that in the /dev directory /dev/cdrom is linked to /dev/sr0, NOT to /dev/sda. so the "probedisk" program has a bug.
The main problem, however, is what to do with it? How can I break through this mess and start the installation?

Any workable hint will be appreciated.

Best wishes
BNK
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: M0E-lnx on August 12, 2010, 12:12:13 pm
The text installer does not work.... I guess this should have been noted in the release annoucement, just to make it clear, you will not be able to install this with the text installer. If the 6.0 STD installed right on your system, then you may consider verifying md5sums or even an ISO install from the 6.0 STD install environment.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: davec51 on August 12, 2010, 12:14:49 pm
the .kde directory will always get created if it doesn't exist. That's where KDE stores your settings and preferences and all the hidden stuff.

There must be something causing it to freeze at that point though... Did you change any of the preferences, appearance or anything after the desktop shows up?

Try deleting the dir again, logging out and back in, not change anything, then log out and back in... see if it still freezes.



I delete the dir, but I still can't get by the post-sign-in screen. The first icon appears clearly, then the others appear dimly and don't "attach," it seems. I haven't changed anything that I can think of.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: M0E-lnx on August 12, 2010, 12:19:14 pm
Another thing... are you giving it enough time? I know for a fact KDE4 can take a while to load the entire desktop.

Another thing you may try, drop to init 2, create a new user account, then go back to init 4, log in with the new user account. See if the same behaviour exists there too.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: boris on August 12, 2010, 02:37:05 pm
The text installer does not work.... I guess this should have been noted in the release annoucement, just to make it clear, you will not be able to install this with the text installer. If the 6.0 STD installed right on your system, then you may consider verifying md5sums or even an ISO install from the 6.0 STD install environment.
I don't have 6.0 STD in my box, instead I have SUSE 11.2. Thus verifying md5sums is easy for CD and for downloaded .iso. Problem is that "vinstall-iso" script looks for "initrd.img" file to decompress, but there is no such file in the VL-SOHO-6.0 .iso. Instead there is "initrd.gz" file. When I edited the script to make it use that file, I got a message "wrong file format".
So I believe my best bet is to wait for some next release, maybe these kinks will be ironed out...Text installer, "initrd" names mismatch, "probedisk" not finding the CDROM, Xorg configuration troubles.

Best wishes
BNK
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: petitbob on August 13, 2010, 05:43:31 am
hello,

a bit temperamental this vector!
for installation:

1) you must install the 2 CDs, unlike older versions where one CD was enough.
2) after the first start, make fsck after login as root, then restart to finally have the configuration.
3) then you're set!

after very nice desktop under KDE 4. it works very well and fast KDE 4!

@ + Petitbob
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Masta on August 13, 2010, 11:55:35 am
hello,

a bit temperamental this vector!
for installation:

1) you must install the 2 CDs, unlike older versions where one CD was enough.
2) after the first start, make fsck after login as root, then restart to finally have the configuration.
3) then you're set!

after very nice desktop under KDE 4. it works very well and fast KDE 4!

@ + Petitbob

As the new KDE4 grew in size, and the tremendous amount of new hardware to be covered, there was little choice but to add an additional CD.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Masta on August 13, 2010, 12:01:24 pm
the .kde directory will always get created if it doesn't exist. That's where KDE stores your settings and preferences and all the hidden stuff.

There must be something causing it to freeze at that point though... Did you change any of the preferences, appearance or anything after the desktop shows up?

Try deleting the dir again, logging out and back in, not change anything, then log out and back in... see if it still freezes.





I delete the dir, but I still can't get by the post-sign-in screen. The first icon appears clearly, then the others appear dimly and don't "attach," it seems. I haven't changed anything that I can think of.

IF you deleted it once and were then able to get to a desktop, that's good news. As M0E-lnx pointed out, that gets recreated by KDE if it is not already present. Try going into /etc/skel/ and rename the ".kde" to ".kde.old". Reboot the machine and see if you are able to get to a desktop more than once.
Let us know, thanks.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: niiler on August 14, 2010, 06:46:56 pm
This is a repost from the Announcements area, where it was wrongly posted. Sorry.
I just installed 6.0 Soho, including CD2. I can't boot: The process goes as far as the last icon after signin (is that the desktop?) and stops. I have installed twice, tried to start x as both user and root. I have to turn off the computer and turn on again.
I have a PentiumIV machine with an Intel graphics card, 512MB RAM. I have Vector 6.0KDE on another partition, and it works perfectly.

I'm having a similar problem but with KDE.   (By the way, the install was just fine).  When I attempt to login as any user, including root, KDE starts showing the icons, but just before it gets to the last one, the screen goes black and the X server seems to restart.  And then, voila, I am back to the login prompt.  I then went to failsafe and deleted my .kde folders in both /root and /home/user and tried again.  No luck.   Then I started up gslapt from the failsafe xterm and downloaded ICEWM.  Other than a couple of missing icons, this started up just fine.  There are no errors that I can detect in /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

The only other similar problem I have found is here:
http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=87378&start=15
but I don't believe that this is the cause of my woes since I believe we keep our icons elsewhere.

I am doing my testing on a two year old VectorLinux special desktop computer from MadTux.  Here are the specs for the curious in case it matters.
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/sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 78)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. UniChrome Pro IGP (rev 01)

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : CentaurHauls
cpu family      : 6
model           : 10
model name      : VIA Esther processor 1500MHz
stepping        : 9
cpu MHz         : 1496.130
cache size      : 128 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 1
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 tm nx up pni rng rng_en ace ace_en ace2 ace2_en phe phe_en pmm pmm_en
bogomips        : 2992.2

Any thoughts?  Is there a log file I should be posting?

Thanks for any and all help!
Tim Niiler
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: caieng on August 15, 2010, 05:29:58 am
Thanks to all for many helpful suggestions during the past year.  Much appreciated.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/blog/caieng-308178/internet-radio-stations-comparing-32-and-64-bit-cpus-3086/

CAI ENG
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: MikeCindi on August 15, 2010, 09:19:29 am
Several pre-releases back I was having difficulty with the down arrow and end keys (not those on the numpad) not working intermittently and this was again the case with SOHO Final. One fix that was suggested was to delete ~/.Xmodmap. This seemed to help but only temporarily. I then noted that most of my issues were in a console after I would su to root. Even after exiting root back to user as long as that console was open those two key did not work. The fix I then instituted was to comment out the two lines in .Xmodmap for root and user instead of deleting a file that just gets recreated. It would seem that the default US keymap redirects keycode 115 and 116 to F15 and F16 respectively which doesn't send the down arrow or end sequences. I'm have never needed F15 or F16 in fact F13 or F14 either. Anyway, this works (for the past 24 hours or so) but I've not rebooted my box either (uptime almost 8 days).

As for the overall feel of the final release: I still can't load it on my laptop due to xorg's nVidia GeForce Go 7150M non-support but it works wonderfully on my desktop. I just need a PAE enabled kernel to see all 6Gb of RAM (which I think there are others out there who would like that too until a 64-bit VL is available). Perhaps I'll work on that if I get a bit of time to do so.

Thank you very much dev team.

Mike
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: niiler on August 15, 2010, 06:29:05 pm

I'm having a similar problem but with KDE.   (By the way, the install was just fine).  When I attempt to login as any user, including root, KDE starts showing the icons, but just before it gets to the last one, the screen goes black and the X server seems to restart.  And then, voila, I am back to the login prompt.  I then went to failsafe and deleted my .kde folders in both /root and /home/user and tried again.  No luck.   Then I started up gslapt from the failsafe xterm and downloaded ICEWM.  Other than a couple of missing icons, this started up just fine.  There are no errors that I can detect in /var/log/Xorg.0.log.

Alright, I'm starting to run this down a bit.  There is a thread at the Ubuntu forums:
   https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-video-openchrome/+bug/471646
which seems to be my problem exactly.  While Xorg.0.log showed no errors, I did eventually find one line in my /var/log/kdm.log file:
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X: main/renderbuffer.c:2159: _mesa_reference_renderbuffer: Assertion `oldRb->Magic == 0xaabbccdd' failed.
There were no other errors I could track down.  There are several claims which I have not verified.  First to check if this is the case, change your xorg.conf file to include:
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Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AIGLX" "off"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection
Second, that this particular problem is most common on Via s3g Unichrome IGP KM400/KN400/P4M800[S3 Unichrome] chipsets (which is more, or less what I have on this machine).   Third, that this may be a problem in the mesa library. 

I'm going to create a basic xorg.conf file and test to see if the above options work.  Currently I'm just using HAL instead (as per the new standard).  By the way, I'm using the VESA driver at the current time, not OpenChrome.  I will repost with results one way or the other.

Cheers,
Tim N.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: niiler on August 15, 2010, 06:48:47 pm

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Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AIGLX" "off"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection


What you see above is the entirety of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.  I changed it, logged out from XFCE, logged back in at the KDM screen to KDE, and after a very slow start (this is usual for the first time KDE runs for a user), I got in to my KDE 4.4.2 desktop.   After letting Nepomuk do its thing and doing initial starts on some programs, the desktop seems responsive, but nowhere near as fast as XFCE or IceWM.  [Old geezer]Back in my day KDE 3.x seemed a bit faster, but that may be me[/Old geezer]. 

What's the bottom line?
1) For some reason (chipset?) KDE4 needs tweaking before it will run on this desktop.
2) KDE4 *may* be slower than expected due to the xorg.conf settings.
3) There is limited eye-candy due to lack of compositing.
4) I'm not sure what we can do about this???

Anyhow, I wanted to offer this up to anyone else who has had these difficulties, and thank the distro team for taking the time to put all this together.

Cheers,
Tim N.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: retired1af on August 15, 2010, 07:40:35 pm
SOHO 6 isn't really made for the ancient machines. On my 2GHz notebook, it works fine as long as I don't over do it with the eye candy (ATI x1250 chipset). For the older machines VL 6 KDE may be a better choice.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: GrannyGeek on August 15, 2010, 08:00:08 pm
SOHO 6 isn't really made for the ancient machines. On my 2GHz notebook, it works fine as long as I don't over do it with the eye candy (ATI x1250 chipset). For the older machines VL 6 KDE may be a better choice.

SOHO 6 RC3 is  working splendidly on my 1.3 GHz Celeron, which is quite long in the tooth as computers go. However, I use XFce as my desktop environment, not KDE, simply because I don't like any version of KDE, never have I since I started using Linux years ago. I like using SOHO because it has newer kernel and libraries.

KDE4 hasn't run badly when I've used it under VL6 SOHO. However, I usually use it only as long as I need to for something I can do best under KDE (which is just about  nothing). XFce on my computer also runs okay when I use a KDE program, which means KDE libraries are loaded. K3B is the KDE program I use the  most and it runs very well indeed. I'm not big on eye candy, can't stand compiz, turn off all KDE effects just so I don't have to look at them on the occasions I may need to run KDE.

One nice thing about Linux desktops is we can customize them the way we want, even to the point of not using the distro's default desktop.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Pita on August 15, 2010, 09:26:55 pm
SOHO 6 isn't really made for the ancient machines. On my 2GHz notebook, it works fine as long as I don't over do it with the eye candy (ATI x1250 chipset). For the older machines VL 6 KDE may be a better choice.

SOHO 6 RC3 is  working splendidly on my 1.3 GHz Celeron, which is quite long in the tooth as computers go. However, I use XFce as my desktop environment, not KDE, simply because I don't like any version of KDE, never have I since I started using Linux years ago. I like using SOHO because it has newer kernel and libraries.

One nice thing about Linux desktops is we can customize them the way we want, even to the point of not using the distro's default desktop.
--GrannyGeek

Shake hands! It's just too bad that Gnome is not easily made available for slackware type distros.
Not that I use it for a desktop, I am fluxboxer, gnome-panel on occasion, however, gnome has some really good programs.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: retired1af on August 16, 2010, 04:17:15 am
Bleh! Never really did like Gnome...
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: niiler on August 16, 2010, 07:09:59 am
Bleh! Never really did like Gnome...

While I have used Gnome, IceWM, XFCE, XPDE, and all the others, I keep returning to KDE because of its customizability.  There's not a doubt that IceWM (for example) uses fewer resources, but the KDE eye candy is, to me, like chocolate: not strictly necessary, but it makes life sweeter.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: M0E-lnx on August 16, 2010, 07:46:26 am
There's not a doubt that IceWM (for example) uses fewer resources, but the KDE eye candy is, to me, like chocolate: not strictly necessary, but it makes life sweeter.
good one ;)
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: GrannyGeek on August 16, 2010, 01:14:12 pm
I don't like KDE but I don't like Gnome, either. XFce4 is my favorite (and I find it very customizable) with IceWM a close second. You can pretty up IceWM with fancier icons and your favorite wallpaper and it does support transparency (or at least looks like it does). That's about as far as I care to go with eye candy.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: M0E-lnx on August 16, 2010, 01:30:36 pm
FWIW, since everyone is posting their favorites, here goes mine.

I like gnome. (yes I know.. I said it)... but I hate the default configuration. With that said, I *always* take out the dual panels (hate my menus on the top of the screen, and just the overall gnome menu), configure a single panel, on the bottom, add my hacked version of the mintmenu, couple of launchers, followed by the task bar, pager, notification area, and clock.

The end result is a beautiful panel with a jaw-dropping menu. ;)

I know it's still gnome, and heavy as it is, but... You have to hand it out to those guys, it really does everything... and I mean everything. From printer auto-configure to seemless file sharing with samba, linux, etc. I figured, I have the hardware resources to run it... why not?
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: GrannyGeek on August 16, 2010, 01:42:40 pm
I had said I was going to wait for the SOHO Deluxe version before I installed, but when I read some reports of problems during the installation, I decided to put a temporary copy of the free release on a spare partition just to see whether I would encounter a bug I could report. I had had a problem of being unable to install with one of the betas or RCs, which was fixed in later releases.

Well, the installation went splendidly with no problems whatever. I was very happy about that! As part of my experiment, I decided to omit the KDE choice while installing to see if I could install XFce with slapt-get and avoid KDE altogether. So I installed XFce and tried to start it, first with startx and then with startxfce4. A couple of times I did see an XFce desktop, but both keyboard and mouse were completely unresponsive and I had to turn off the computer in order to get out of the mess. Several steps earlier I had gotten a message about needing KDM, GDM, WDM or XDM in order to start the GUI. I installed GDM with slapt-get. But I start in text mode by choice.  Things got worse. Now typing startx or startxfce4 gives me a black screen with no response from keyboard or mouse, requiring me to turn off the computer.

I have run VASM to identify my hardware. I am using the xorg radeon driver just as I've done in RC3 and the earlier releases. I even copied the xorg.conf file from my RC3 partition to the SOHO Final partition. Same results: lockup as soon as I try to start X. I do see a very brief flash of a graphical desktop but immediately after that the screen goes black with dead keyboard and mouse.

Is there something I'm missing because I didn't install any of KDE? If so, can I add it now? The two avahi things near the end of dmesg fail because I don't think I have avahi-anything installed. It didn't look like something I needed, though, when I checked with gslapt on my RC3 installation. I looked in the /var/log xorg files through my RC3 partition. The last two lines of /var/log/Xorg.0 log are
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Keyboard0" (type: KEYBOARD)
(EE) config/hal: couldn't initialise context: unknown error (null)

I don't know if that means anything.

I'd be *so happy* if I could install SOHO Deluxe without KDE and get a working XFce. Any help would be most appreciated!
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: niiler on August 18, 2010, 08:14:10 pm
Just for completeness, I thought I'd document how I got a smoothly running KDE 4.  Previously I added an xorg.conf file as shown below.  This allowed me to actually login to KDE.  In light of my subsequent work, I'm not sure the xorg.conf file is necessary, but I haven't tried logging in without it.

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Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AIGLX" "off"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Disable"
EndSection

After searching around, I found some ways to make KDE work way faster here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=81677.  The first was to start up kdebugdialog and chose "Deselect all".   This gave a serious speed boost to just about everything. 

Then, as advised, in the file: /usr/share/autostart/plasma-desktop.desktop

I went to line 2 and changed it from:
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Exec=plasma-desktop

to

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Exec=plasma-desktop -graphicssystem xv

(Other options besides xv are kwin and raster.  xv seems to work best for me.)

With these simple changes, suddenly KDE 4 seems as responsive as XFCE.  I suppose a howto should probably come out of all this, shouldn't it...

I hope this helps other KDE 4 users.

Cheers,
Tim Niiler
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: vector on August 19, 2010, 12:55:48 am
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The first was to start up kdebugdialog and chose "Deselect all"

Niiler thanks for the tips..............that worked for me too................. ;D

cheers,
Vec

anyone finding anything else let us know
I found if your getting an annoying akonadi startup problem or a akonadi start progress bar then doing this sometimes helps:
delete .local/akonadi from home folder then run in a terminal akonadictl stop then akonadictl status if stopped than do akonadictl start, Then run kontact from the office menu and click  on all the options. Worked for me............... ;D








Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Joe1962 on August 19, 2010, 01:36:02 pm
I don't have anything like a full test yet, since I just installed on Monday with only CD1, then manually installed from CD2 yesterday, but found it was a corrupt download, so some packages were bad on it. I also updated and added a lot of stuff from the partial mirror of VL6 packages I have in my /home/repo and that was when I found a few of the problems I will mention for now.

We seem to have created even more of those package renaming issues that I had mentioned previously, way back at the beginning, when suggesting a separate repo for SOHO. Stuff like the qt to qt3 and qt4 to qt renaming fiasco (not to mention all those qt4-svn packages)... ::). Now we have packages from the repo asking for the missing sdl* deps when they are already installed on SOHO as SDL*. A similar issue occurs with gamin, now gamin-server.

There are also more issues with updated libraries breaking repo packages, which had already happened with newer libraries in the repo itself.

Also, vcpufreq is not the latest 2.4.2 version, which I hurried to get out so it would be in time for the final, the one included gave an error and did not run, though it could be due to the bad CD2, I haven't checked

All this is a shame, as SOHO seems to be looking good, though I will have to reinstall after downloading CD2 again, for a real test.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: retired1af on August 19, 2010, 01:41:59 pm
I haven't updated anything since the install, and vcpufreq does run, although it's not starting up at bootup. I, too, would like to see a separate SOHO 6 repo so updates don't break anything.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: toothandnail on August 20, 2010, 03:21:36 am

anyone finding anything else let us know
I found if your getting an annoying akonadi startup problem or a akonadi start progress bar then doing this sometimes helps:
delete .local/akonadi from home folder then run in a terminal akonadictl stop then akonadictl status if stopped than do akonadictl start, Then run kontact from the office menu and click  on all the options. Worked for me............... ;D

Thanks, that fixed it for me. Strange problem - happened on some starts, not all.

I've hit another odd one - using Juk (?),  it will play a single track, then pop up an error to say the Intel HDA device is no t working. It will then play two or three more tracks, then lose sound. Track appear to play, but no sound. If the app is restarted, it will go through the same cycle all over again. Very strange...

Paul.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: toothandnail on August 20, 2010, 03:24:52 am
I haven't updated anything since the install, and vcpufreq does run, although it's not starting up at bootup. I, too, would like to see a separate SOHO 6 repo so updates don't break anything.

I think something like that may well be necessary - 6.0 SOHO is closer to the 7.0 alpha than it is to 6.0 Standard. Things built under 6.0 SOHO will probably break 6.0 Standard, and vice-versa.....

I'd like to be able to build a few things under SOHO, but I must admit to not having much luck so far. I wanted to rebuild the kdegraphics package, but can't find the source or build scripts for it at all. Is there a source repo area for SOHO?

Paul.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: JM on August 30, 2010, 12:11:39 pm
Sorry, but I had no big luck installing VL-6-SOHO.

Xorg configuration is screwed up irreparably, that this sometimes happens, then I am forwarded to Linux console.
I tried to login as root ("root" without password) and restart "setup". This time I get the message that the system cannot find the VL CD-ROM in the drive.
Maybe some cryptic boot parameter would remedy the disaster, but I have no idea what this parameter might be.
Next I tried to boot into the old text-based installer (typing "linux" as boot parameter) This experiment ended quickly with the following message:
No file system could mount root, tried: reiserfs ext3 ext2 ext4 ext4dev vfat msdos iso9660 ntfs jfs xfs
Kernel Panic - not syncing....

Same problem as Boris, perhaps is some problem with the dvdrom sony optiarc AD-7240S. I tried the install cd. in another p.c. and works.
Regards
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Joe1962 on September 06, 2010, 11:18:22 am
Installed Final last week and it was better once CD2 was correctly installed. A few issues still though:

K3B:
Code: [Select]
k3b:
Unable to find cdrecord executable
K3b uses cdrecord to actually write CDs.
Solution: Install the cdrtools package which contains cdrecord.

LCD brightness:
After KDE fully loads, it suddenly jumps to 100%. The power profile is set correctly to a much lower intensity. This also happens after switching to battery power and back to mains. Back in Beta4 this was working properly on this same laptop. No idea yet was is going on.

vcpufreq:
The installed 2.2.0 runs now, but too bad it didn't ship with the latest, which fixes a lot.

More later... ;D
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: Joe1962 on September 15, 2010, 07:05:43 am
Bump... ;)

So I take it this only happens to me? I have researched the issue but have no idea why it is happening. It takes place pretty much after everything has loaded, even the many yellow sticky knotes on my desktop... ???

LCD brightness:
After KDE fully loads, it suddenly jumps to 100%. The power profile is set correctly to a much lower intensity. This also happens after switching to battery power and back to mains. Back in Beta4 this was working properly on this same laptop. No idea yet was is going on.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: retired1af on September 15, 2010, 07:14:36 am
I haven't monkeyed with the brightness, I may dink around with it to see if I get the same behavior. I've set the screen to blank after 5 minutes which works perfectly.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: boneygamba on October 17, 2010, 07:41:01 pm
Hi

I know that it is a bit late - so am i :)

I have an install problem with this version (probably other versions too - i have not tried) similar to one described by GrannyGeek in the http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10845.msg69180#msg69180 (http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10845.msg69180#msg69180) VL6.0-SOHO-BETA release bugs and feedback thread.

The only way that i can get the installer to progress past the searching for media to install/analyse partitions step is to disconnect a specific SATA hard drive from the computer before booting it.
If this particular drive is connected then the installer fails with a message about mdlmain.?.0 or somesuch.  Running the installer from the terminal makes no difference.  The installer fails at the same place. 

The same disc seems to work fine in my laptop (it gets past the partition scan and locates the install media).

What is it that the installer does not like? Can someone offer any assistance with this issue? 

Thanks very much.
Title: Re: SOHO VL-6 Final bug reports
Post by: boneygamba on October 22, 2010, 08:00:39 am
I have isolated the problem i was describing. It appears that the order of the partitions on one of my hard disks was causing the installer script to raise an exception for whatever reason.  The problem was with my (formerly) sdb1 partition.

According to fdisk /dev/sdb, the “Partition table entries are not in disk order”.  I knew that this was the case - i had deleted some logical partitions, and had created this particular partition as a primary partition some time ago. It ended up being designated /dev/sdb1 - i don't know/remember why. For what it is worth, i have installed other VL versions with the partition table in this state without issue.

Having realised that the partition order might be the trouble, i issued the "f" command in the fdisk program to fix the partition table.  After doing this, /dev/sdb1 became /dev/sdb4. It was necessary to alter the contents of the menu.lst file that grub uses so that i could continue to boot into the different operating systems that i have installed.  As it happens, the renamed partition is where my main distribution, VL 5.9 SOHO, is installed.  That is where i am typing from now.

So, after fixing the partition order i was able to use the CDs to install VL 6 SOHO final.  I have gone through the install process several times now on different machines and have encountered some other issues which i will mention in another post.

I suspect that a contributing factor may be that my hard drive has way too many partitions; they've just sort of grown over time and i have never got around to cleaning it up.

I'm no expert, and please excuse my patchy posting style.  ;D

Hi

I know that it is a bit late - so am i :)

I have an install problem with this version (probably other versions too - i have not tried) similar to one described by GrannyGeek in the http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10845.msg69180#msg69180 (http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10845.msg69180#msg69180) VL6.0-SOHO-BETA release bugs and feedback thread.

The only way that i can get the installer to progress past the searching for media to install/analyse partitions step is to disconnect a specific SATA hard drive from the computer before booting it.
If this particular drive is connected then the installer fails with a message about mdlmain.?.0 or somesuch.  Running the installer from the terminal makes no difference.  The installer fails at the same place. 

The same disc seems to work fine in my laptop (it gets past the partition scan and locates the install media).

What is it that the installer does not like? Can someone offer any assistance with this issue? 

Thanks very much.