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Fansler

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Text does not show up
« on: March 24, 2008, 02:06:26 pm »
My first real linux install (ubuntu doesn't count :P ) is using this, so I don't know much about linux. I installed 5.9 gold edition just fine, and the md5 sum checks. But no text shows up whenever there should be text! Instead of text, I get a black (or white) box where the text should be. Below are pictures of what I am talking about.

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uelsk8s

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008, 04:45:49 pm »
definately a problem with your video driver.

what video card/chipset do you have?

Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008, 04:55:33 pm »
I have a laptop (Fujitsu Lifebook) with a mobile intel 965 express chipset family. This is the link to it on fujitsu's website.

http://store.shopfujitsu.com/fpc/Ecommerce/buildseriesbean.do?series=T4220

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2008, 05:04:33 pm »
first thing you want to do is make sure you are using the intel driver in your xorg.conf
you should see a line like this
Driver "intel"
in your video device section.
if it says
Driver "i810"
then change it and reboot then let us know if that fixed it.

Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2008, 05:09:09 pm »
urrrg. I'm really a noobie. Been using winblows for my entire life. What's the xorg.conf, and how do I edit it?

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2008, 05:46:22 pm »
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urrrg. I'm really a noobie. Been using winblows for my entire life. What's the xorg.conf, and how do I edit it?


Hey I'm a noobie and I know what the xorg.conf is.  My point is:  hang in there.  I'm a recent convert from Apple.  It's worth the "urrrg".  Don't get too frustrated.  I know what it's like to wonder what the heck they are talking about.  I've gone thru a few distros and this is by far the best one.  And some really great help at this forum as well.  Some of the others are a bit nose-turned-up-ish.  I can't fix your problem.  I have no idea.  But I wanted to say that you're in the right place and don't feel like you're the only newbie.  Hang in there.  See ya around.
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Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2008, 06:00:44 pm »
haha. thanks. I guess it's just hard getting used to when the worst thing you had to do before was reinstall windows ME once a month.

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2008, 06:12:25 pm »
sorry for Assuming.

you need to open a text editor as root.
there are lots of ways you can do this, here is one:
open a terminal
type su then enter root password
type "mousepad /etc/X11/xorg.conf"
that will open the mousepad text editor with the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ready to edit.

Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2008, 06:52:35 pm »
I couldn't get mousepad to open.

I went to the linux-tui option, on the login screen, I typed "root", then my password, and everything seemed fine.
Then, with any way that I tried to open the mousepad text editor, I got this error message:
(mousepad: 3050 [this number changed every time]): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

The text in the terminal works fine though, so the video problem must be specific to the GUI

uelsk8s

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2008, 07:07:54 pm »
from the tui login you will have to run an editor like mcedit

try "mcedit etc/X11/xorg.conf"

Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2008, 08:00:49 pm »
I am assuming that you are talking about the part that reads this:

driver: i810
vendorname: Intel
etc...

I changed i810 to intel and Intel and neither fixed the problem. I didn't notice any change in the GUI with either option, though.

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2008, 08:24:16 pm »
did you restart the gui after each change?

the next thing to try is comment out the last line in /etc/profile.d/vasm.sh
so that it looks like this
#export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1


Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2008, 09:04:52 pm »
If, by "restart the gui", you mean reboot the computer, then yes.

And that next thing didn't work either. The file edit succeeded, but nothing changed. Still blank boxes instead of text.

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2008, 09:40:01 pm »
I think you should try using the vesa driver for now
change Driver "i810" to Driver "vesa"
then reboot

Fansler

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Re: Text does not show up
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2008, 11:58:29 pm »
Wow! Thanks! It works quite well now. I really appreciate it.

Is vesa a universal driver of some sort?

But I've already managed to make the OS hang, though. Is there a linux equivalent of ctrl + alt + del, so I can get rid of frozen windows?