iv.) i do not know about video-card but when FC-4
istallation uses "anaconda" to
probe the video-card of my system, it shows: vesa driver (generic)
2.) I have "FreeBSD-5.4 CDs for x86" architecture. regarding this i posted
the question on FreeBSD mailing-list & many
people told me that these same CDs will work on AMD64 because AMD64 is
backward compatible with 32 bit
I tried to install it on my system and got the following results:
i.) FreeBSD is installed (i did all ports/packages installation)
but some packages (total 6) could not be installed,it says
"installation failed", they are:
c.) 1 more package related to apache
e.) 1 dependency of bash
all of these raise "error-code 1". except these 6 everything else
like GNOME, KDE, emacs, xpdf, gv is installed without
ii.) FreeBSD boots with login prompt: only in shell mode,no GUI at
all. ( in freeBSd handbook section 2.9.12 i came to know
that X server configuration fascility has been removed since
5.3release, so i go to chapter 5 to configure X myself)
iii.) I configure GUI by using: Xorg -configure. It creates a file
named "xorg.conf.new" in my current directory which is root's
home directory. Next if i try to: Xorg -config xorg.conf.new, my
screen goes blank with the message "OUT OF FREQUENCY" &
with message something like:
HF 75 Hz ( i do know whether it is Hz, KHz or GHz)
VF 60 Hz
HF 30-70 Hz (again i do not know)
VF 50-160 Hz
iv.) What i do is 1st add the lines "HorizSyns 30-70, VertRefresh
50-160" (fom monitor-manual) into monitor section & "Modes "1024x768" into
display section of "xorg.conf.new" & then use the same command to
configure it. it works and shows a yellowish desktop with
an X and X moves as i move my cursor.
v.) Then i use "xdm" command to enter into GUI, of course it enters into
GUI with prompt
box names "Welcome to 1" with login name & password , i enter both
of then & then i press "enter". screen goes off for a
second and reappears with same "Welcome 1" box. I enter login name
and password again and same thing happens. i press
"ctrl+Alt+backspace" 2 times and go back to shell mode.
vi.) i came to know in section 5.7 that GNOME is disabled by
default,so i enable it by adding "gdm_enable="YES" into
"/etc/rc.conf" and then reboot my machine, after that i again use
"xdm" and same thing i explained in previous step, happens.
vii.) I tried another thing ( to use GNOME directly)as explained in
'chapter 5" of FreeBSD handbook. i create ".xsession" file rather than
".xinitc" (as freeBSD uses xdm). I put a line "/usr/X11R6/bin/gnome-session"
then i enter into shell the following command
# % echo "#!/bin/sh" > ~/.xsession"
after pressing enter it says "/bin/sh: event not found". ( i made a check
into /bin directory, "sh" file is present there). anyway i use "startx" and
it takes me to a yellowish desktop with one login shell and 2 xterm shells
(all are like bash shell). but no menu, no icons, no GNOME or real desktop
thing. i enter commands "emacs, ggv, gv etc.) and all of these application
open in GUI mode but it is disgusting. also icons of this desktop are too
small to be seen.
i reboot and the try xdm and same thing "Welcome to 1" as in "step v"
happens but no GNOME.
May you please help on this? Please tell me whether this is a hardware issue
or do i need to
do some configuration
[ xorg configuration ]
> configure it. it works and shows a yellowish desktop with
> an X and X moves as i move my cursor.
twm, an ancient windowmanager used as fallback.
> vii.) I tried another thing ( to use GNOME directly)as explained in
> 'chapter 5" of FreeBSD handbook. i create ".xsession" file rather than
> ".xinitc" (as freeBSD uses xdm). I put a line "/usr/X11R6/bin/gnome-session"
> into it.
> then i enter into shell the following command
> # % echo "#!/bin/sh" > ~/.xsession"
Which truncates .xsession and writes an (unnecessary) shebang inside.
AFAICT it should be enough to (re)replace '#!/bin/sh' with
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