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Old 02-05-2008, 12:35 PM
Constantinos Maltezos
 
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Hi. I'm new to the list.

I have three issues that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have googled
my butt off and haven't found anything to resolve them. I've found answers
that seem to have worked for some, but I have no such luck.

First, a little information. I'm using Gutsy (7.10). I have it on a 10
gigabyte partition on my Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. It has an AMD Turion
64 CPU and an ATI graphics chip. A Broadcom wireless network chip
(fortunately got that working with ndiswrapper). And everything is working
beautifully but for the following issues.

1. The console.

After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. It remains
black until X starts. After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1), the
font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of the
monitor. And then, when I shut down, I get a black screen again. I've
installed SVGAlib and futzed around with some console configuration files
in /etc, but there's been no change whatsoever. This is particularly
annoying because I'd like to check out KDE 4 and can't seem to get it into
the system menu in KDM... which brings me to my second issue...

2. KDM

How the heck to I add a window manager to the login? I can't find a file
*anywhere* that has "SessionTypes" in it. I *really* want to check out KDE 4
and since I can't use the console, I don't have a lot of options. Even
launching Xephyr :1 doesn't help because it can't find xterm (which I've
installed), which is really okay because I'd rather run KDE 4 by itself.
I've used the live CD, but can't check out the neato eye candy, I suspect
because of the lack of hardware acceleration.

3. Kopete Yahoo name lookup

This is minor, but if someone has an answer, I'd appreciate it. Google has
shown me that many people have this problem. Some say that when they run
Kopete from Konsole, they get a message that it failed, but I don't get
that - though I do get errors about being unable to create an io-slave
(twice). I found one promising suggestion from someone who had fixed the
problem themselves, but it appears it was referring to an older version (I'm
guessing) of Kopete where the settings for the Yahoo account allowed you to
specify a pager server (which the individual had replaced with a Japanese
server). I find no such option in mine.

Other than this, everything is great. I'm so happy to have my Windows
partition as my second choice - Linux rocks my computing world. And I'm a
total convert from SuSE. When I get around to it, I'm going to install
Kubuntu on my desktop machine to replace SuSE. (By the way, any tips for
replacing an rpm-based system with a deb-based one would be appreciated.) In
any case, thanks in advance for any help (or attempt at it) that people can
give me.

Coz

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Old 02-05-2008, 01:19 PM
"Mike Shaw"
 
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On Feb 5, 2008 8:35 AM, Constantinos Maltezos <pandarsson@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi. *I'm new to the list.

I have three issues that I'm hoping someone can help me with. *I have googled
my butt off and haven't found anything to resolve them. *I've found answers
that seem to have worked for some, but I have no such luck.


First, a little information. *I'm using Gutsy (7.10). *I have it on a 10
gigabyte partition on my Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. *It has an AMD Turion
64 CPU and an ATI graphics chip. *A Broadcom wireless network chip

(fortunately got that working with ndiswrapper). *And everything is working
beautifully but for the following issues.

1. *The console.

After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. *It remains

black until X starts. *After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1), the
font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of the
monitor. *And then, when I shut down, I get a black screen again. *I've

installed SVGAlib and futzed around with some console configuration files
in /etc, but there's been no change whatsoever. *This is particularly
annoying because I'd like to check out KDE 4 and can't seem to get it into

the system menu in KDM... which brings me to my second issue...

As for the above - I'm not sure if this may help but you may want to look at:

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Gutsy#Fix_Slow_boot.2Ffaulty_splash_screen


As for the other 2 I'm not sure about.

Good Luck!
*

Mike
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:02 AM
"D. Michael McIntyre"
 
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On Tuesday 05 February 2008, Constantinos Maltezos wrote:
> After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. It remains
> black until X starts. After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1),
> the font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of
> the monitor.

Could be worse. In my case, the resolution and size are normal, but it
flickers horribly. It spends about 2/3 of the time in the off state, so I
have to stare carefully at the insanely flickering screen to try to read the
glimpses of text. I had to futz around like that for around an hour once
when I dist-upgraded from Feisty to Gutsy. My head still hurts.

Come to think of it, my Ctrl+Alt+Fx keys don't work when X11 is running
either.

Neither of which helps you in the slightest. Sorry to throw my own problems
into your list of issues. Misery loves company, and all that.

> How the heck to I add a window manager to the login? I can't find a file
> *anywhere* that has "SessionTypes" in it.

Or "ession" with "kde" and "gnome" in the same file, and a half hour worth of
permutations.

Or another 15 minutes of permutations.

Damn, what a stumper. But I did get my wife to yell at me for taking too long
away from whatever she asked me to do 45 minutes ago, so I'd better walk
away.

Good luck!
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:19 AM
"Jonas Norlander"
 
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On Feb 5, 2008 2:35 PM, Constantinos Maltezos <pandarsson@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi. I'm new to the list.
>
> I have three issues that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have googled
> my butt off and haven't found anything to resolve them. I've found answers
> that seem to have worked for some, but I have no such luck.
>
> First, a little information. I'm using Gutsy (7.10). I have it on a 10
> gigabyte partition on my Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. It has an AMD Turion
> 64 CPU and an ATI graphics chip. A Broadcom wireless network chip
> (fortunately got that working with ndiswrapper). And everything is working
> beautifully but for the following issues.
>
> 1. The console.
>
> After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. It remains
> black until X starts. After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1), the
> font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of the
> monitor. And then, when I shut down, I get a black screen again.

I have exact same problem. Black screen while booting and shutting down and low
resulotion in console mode (I often work in console and are used to
have 1280x1024).

As I understand it it's because vesafb don't work with 64 bit OS and never will.
If I remember right it is fixed in Hardy by using uvesafb
http://dev.gentoo.org/~spock/projects/uvesafb/
instead. It will probebly don't be fixed for Gutsy as so many other things.

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Old 02-06-2008, 03:46 PM
deguz
 
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On 05/02/2008, Constantinos Maltezos <pandarsson@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi. I'm new to the list.
>
> I have three issues that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have googled
> my butt off and haven't found anything to resolve them. I've found answers
> that seem to have worked for some, but I have no such luck.
>
> First, a little information. I'm using Gutsy (7.10). I have it on a 10
> gigabyte partition on my Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. It has an AMD Turion
> 64 CPU and an ATI graphics chip. A Broadcom wireless network chip
> (fortunately got that working with ndiswrapper). And everything is working
> beautifully but for the following issues.
>
> 1. The console.
>
> After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. It remains
> black until X starts. After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1), the
> font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of the
> monitor. And then, when I shut down, I get a black screen again. I've
> installed SVGAlib and futzed around with some console configuration files
> in /etc, but there's been no change whatsoever. This is particularly
> annoying because I'd like to check out KDE 4 and can't seem to get it into
> the system menu in KDM... which brings me to my second issue...


Hi!

I had the same problem once, and i checked the xorg.conf file and in
the monitor section there was a virtual resolution or something. I
deleted it, and after that, the problem was gone. Try it, i hope it
will help.

deguz

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