Can only login to failsafe mode

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by 3molo, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. 3molo

    3molo New Member

    When trying to login, I see an xterm and get the message "it seems your x session only lasted 10 seconds or less ..".
    I can however login failsafe, but that just doesnt cut it. Ive looked around for clues in logs, but noly thing I find is:

    (EE) RADEON(0): Failed to parse MetaModes or no modes found. MergeFB mode disabled.

    I'm not sure what window manager to expect, or even how to choose one (after installed).
    One user said it could have to do with GDM not having permission to initialize on display.

    1) What could be the problem here?
    2) How to set the wmanager?

    The short story what happened previous to my problem:
    I was ordered to setup test server identical to our live ones. I was asked to specificlly use
    a .tgz of one of the live servers. I installed it using a livecd, then configured all HW and some
    systsem settings like hostname, networking etc. I use correct module for GFX card, ati.
     
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Which distribution do you use? Do you use Beryl or Compiz(fusion)?
    What's in /etc/X11/xorg.conf?
     
  3. 3molo

    3molo New Member

    No beryl nor compiz. CentOS 4.4. I notice now that I have double entries of screen, device and monitor. Could this be it?

    01:01.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc ES1000 (rev 02)
    I cut some font settings etc from xorg.conf, most is here;

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "X.org Configured"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "xtrap"
    Load "glx"
    Load "record"
    Load "vnc"
    Load "dri"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"

    #DisplaySize 280 210 # mm
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "CPQ"
    ModelName "COMPAQ S510"
    HorizSync 30.0 - 61.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 120.0
    Option "DPMS"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Card0"
    Driver "ati"
    VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
    BoardName "Unknown Board"
    BusID "PCI:1:1:0"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Card0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 1
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 4
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 8
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 15
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 16
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
    ModelName "900/950SL +"
    DisplaySize 360 270
    HorizSync 30.0 - 110.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
    Option "dpms"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Videocard0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 16
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 16
    Modes "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    EndSection
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    Driver "ati"
    VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName "ATI Technologies Inc ES1000"
    EndSection
     
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Remove the double sections and reboot the system.
     

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