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Linux 'Blue screen'..

Postby graynz on Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:59 am

Compaq desktop/ Athlon XP 2500/ 768MB/ATI Radeon 9600 pro/
Linux Mint Bianca 2.6.17-11-generic kernel
Dual boot with Win XP on different HDDs
This is the 4th Linux distro to be put on this system (all with XP)
Mint has been functioning perfectly now for about 3 weeks, then, last night I 'tidied up' and removed a couple of games, and some other things I don't use. I did this through synaptic package manager and thought this was a safe way to uninstall.
Today I can't get to my desktop, I get to a light blue screen with a working white curser, that's it, nothing else.
I ctrl + alt + F1 .. login (as g )try 'startx, am prompted to login as root and try ' sudo startx' ... below is what I get.......


g@Linux:~$ startx
xauth: creating new directory file /home/g/.serverauth.4918
xauth: /home/g/.Xauthority not writable, changes will be ignored
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/g/.Xauthority
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/g/.Xauthority
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/g/.Xauthority


Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.

Xlib:connection to “:0.0â€￾ refused by server
Xlib:No protocol specified

giving up.
Xinit: unable to connect to X server
Xinit:No such process (errno 3): Server error.
xauth:error in locking authority file /home/g/.Xauthority
g@Linux:~$

...... any ideas ???? please ;-)
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Postby graynz on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:28 am

eeek ... I was Googling and decided to try someones suggestion.
nano/etc/X11/xorg.conf .... to scroll down and change the driver to 'vesa'.
BUT, this is what I got from that ...

-bash: nano/etc/X11/xorg.conf: No such file or directory

(is that the wrong directory for xorg.conf ... in Mint ??? ) mmmm
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Postby scorp123 on Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:50 am

graynz wrote:nano/etc/X11/xorg.conf
The space key is your friend.

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
........^........
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Postby NiksaVel on Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:57 am

:lol:

let us know how it turned out...
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Postby pghjake on Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:37 pm

Maybe you need to re-install the ATI driver? Running ENVY as root from a terminal should fix up the XOrg config file as well.
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Postby zolly on Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:38 pm

ALT+CTRL+F1... works ?
You can use also the pico editor to edit xorg.conf
Look for the process: ps -aux and try to kill the gdb.
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Postby scorp123 on Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:56 pm

zolly wrote:ps -aux and try to kill the gdb.

gdb is the GNU debugger ... you surely meant the gdm = GNOME Display Manager :wink:
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Postby mumbo719 on Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:41 pm

This maybe in there to remind us of the blue screen of death in windows :lol:
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Postby scorp123 on Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:21 am

mumbo719 wrote:This maybe in there to remind us of the blue screen of death in windows :lol:
You could use the bsod screensaver on Linux for this purpose :D

Sorry for getting off-topic here :wink:
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Postby cool_gamer8119 on Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:32 am

i guess still off topic,
The bsod screensaver runs so many different BSODs that u rarely see a windows crash........ :cry:

Anyway, back on topic, the ati driver is probably the problem, reinstall typing
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envy
then your password and then i am pretty sure 2 and hit enter. keep an eye on it and then see what happens...

*sorry if you already knew how to do this...
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easy GUI / wizard system backup???

Postby graynz on Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:06 pm

none of that worked .... some of the 'ideas' I had already tried (see original post)... anyway, as there are few outlets for help compared to the great evil one(Win.) ... I decided to just re-install.

in case anything like this happens again, is there an equivelent to 'system restore' .... or an easy GUI / wizard system backup for Linux Mint ??????
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Postby NiksaVel on Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:37 am

you can use remastersys to create an installable livecd/dvd that will contain all your installed programs/patches and the contents of your home directory...


it's pretty great...
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reconfigure

Postby whufnagel on Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:46 am

make a reconfigure of the x-system with

goto with ctrl/alt/F1 to the shell.

make a copy from the /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old

then:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

and answer the configure questions.
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Postby graynz on Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:54 pm

thanks .......... remastersys is Great, I recomend it to everyone, it's a brilliant backup . A live CD/DVD of you customised, updated, tweaked system with the contents of your home directory, it doesn't get much easier than that.
it took me a while to find where the .iso file was saved to though...( home/remastersys )
One more thing though, seeing as I can't login (GIU) as root, to delete the .iso file, or any file that needs root permission to delete. How do i do it from terminal?
I'm still going through a steep learning curve there, and have a long way to go yet.

thanks again .....
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Postby Husse on Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:37 pm

First - be 100% sure that a file you intend to delete can be deleted. If in the slightest doubt - rename it instead
Rename
Sudo mv oldname newname
Delete file
sudo rm file
Delete directory
sudo rm -r directory
the man command is your friend, but if you don't know the commands you're not helped that much, so this page that contains all the commands in bash is your friend:
http://www.ss64.com/bash/
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Postby RedJak on Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:09 am

if X ever decides to commit suicide, just use
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
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Postby will on Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:05 pm

Something like this happened to me the other day... I was rotating my Beryl cube and everything just stopped. :shock: What does this command do?
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Postby sanguinemoon on Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:22 am

It resets your xorg.conf file.

Your cube not rotating is not X committing suicide and you would not want to issue that command for this. Use that if you can't get into X at all, or if X itself (not Beryl) becomes unstable.
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Postby will on Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:33 am

Ah ha... thanks
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