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#1 2011-02-13 21:41:15

marcneander
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Registered: 2011-02-13
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[SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

Hi everyone,

I was an ubuntu user and now I'd figure that arch is more for me. I'm pretty much a total noob, i've been using ubuntu for 8 months, not very hardcore using, just installing my webdeveloperstuff and customizing abit but not too much more.

I'm installing arch, and i dont really have any problems following the beginner's guide. I came to this part https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners'_Guide#Graphical_User_Interface

So i begin by installing xorg, no problem there.

I don't really know what mesa is but I install it cause i want to be able to run 3d stuff. No problem so far..

Now i'm at Video drivers, I already know what card i have cause i've checked my card when i had ubuntu installed. Put I'll post it here to help you find a solution.

lspci | grep VGA

VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M64-S [Mobility Radeon X2300]

Ok so i know my graphics has worked in ubuntu all this time (i deleted all partitions and did 100% arch harddrive) but i didn't install the video drivers in ubuntu, cause it already worked when the installtion was finished.

Now, it says ATI and Radeon so i thought, hey! it has to be the xf86-video-ati driver. Thats gotta be for me!

I install the driver, no problem

Then I go down abit in the Beginners guide to Dbus, I install dbus and put it in my daemons array in my rc.conf file. Rebooting and when i log in as root and type startx the x server starts a graphical interface with crashed graphics, see the image:

http://elias.pixpro.net/~marc/IMG_0219.JPG

http://elias.pixpro.net/~marc/IMG_0220.JPG

I've googled for about 4 hours without results. I've tested creating various xorgs configuration, for example i put 10-monitor.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ and there i specified that i have a radeon driver, but without any different result. I read alot about how Xorg doesn't really need to be configured like before, when u used hwd to detect and generate a conf file for xorg.

I'll post anything you want, I'm just not sure what to post thats why i'm not posting it now. I'd really like to get arch up and running. I'm already in love with pacman and archwiki and all the documentation, but this one is too big for me atm.

BTW! is the registration suppose to be only for linux? yikes It took a while for me to get that the "Answer question" was suppose to be like that. Thought it was broken tongue

Best Regards,
Marc

--mod edit: images removed, please use thumbnails. see: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … s_and_Code

Last edited by marcneander (2011-02-14 11:29:38)

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#2 2011-02-13 21:51:04

litemotiv
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

Welcome to Arch and the forums macneander. smile

marcneander wrote:

I don't really know what mesa is but I install it cause i want to be able to run 3d stuff.

That's about it, it enables 3d stuff.

I'll post anything you want, I'm just not sure what to post thats why i'm not posting it now. I'd really like to get arch up and running. I'm already in love with pacman and archwiki and all the documentation, but this one is too big for me atm.

I don't have an ATI card myself, but the troubleshooting section in the wiki for ATI might give you some pointers. Especially the information about KMS might be worth looking in to: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/At … leshooting

BTW! is the registration suppose to be only for linux? yikes

Yes! In a while, you will grow to understand and appreciate this decision. wink


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#3 2011-02-13 22:27:10

defears
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

Unless I'm reading it wrong, you should not startx with root. Create a user first and startx being logged in the user.

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#4 2011-02-14 00:53:09

v43
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Registered: 2011-02-03
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

try to disable the tvout and any other connections different from the main screen. i think that might fix your problem while you find a better solution.
edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-radeon.conf (you should get that after installing the fx86-video-ati driver, i think). try adding the notv option to the device section:

Section "Device"

        option      "NoTV" "yes"
EndSection

here's my conf file for you to see some of the possible parameters (i don't know if it's good.. i'm having a sh1tload of problems)

Section "Device"
    Identifier    "ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility M6 LY"
    Driver    "radeon"
    BusID    "PCI:1:0:0"

    Option    "DRI" "on" 
    Option    "AGPMode" "4"
    Option    "ColorTiling" "on"
    Option    "DynamicClocks" "on"
    Option    "EnablePageFlip" "on" 
    Option    "BIOSHotkeys"   "on"
    
    Option    "VideoOverlay" "on"
    Option    "TexturedVideo" "off"
    Option    "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
    Option    "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
    Option    "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE"
         # standard NTSC-M, outformat SVIDEO
EndSection

Last edited by v43 (2011-02-14 00:56:28)

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#5 2011-02-14 10:15:45

marcneander
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Registered: 2011-02-13
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

OK, So i've installed openbox and it starts up well, the menu has no graphical weirdness but as soon as I start an application, like emacs for example, (xemacs) i get the graphical errors back. I've booted up on a live cd of ubuntu 10.04 to see that my graphic card is all well and i did a lsmod on the ubuntu livecd and matched it with my modules and it seems like i have all the modules for xorg to run OK, I guess that only leaves the xorg configuration, or have i missed something?

Any ideas of what this can be? I've played alot with the settings in xorg but withbout success.

Best Regards,
Marc

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#6 2011-02-14 11:28:49

marcneander
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

Found the solution! smile

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=890059

Option "ColorTiling"  "false"

made my day smile

cu around
//marc

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#7 2011-02-18 12:50:37

sacarde
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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

marcneander wrote:

Found the solution! smile

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=890059

Option "ColorTiling"  "false"

made my day smile

cu around
//marc


with nouveau driver not works

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#8 2011-02-18 16:21:58

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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

Then again, the OP has an ATi card...


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#9 2011-02-20 10:39:56

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Re: [SOLVED] Xorg not working as it should

I had the same problem, I didn't modify xorg.conf, but "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-monitor.conf". Just to post this as a second solution if it helps someone.

Base file was formated with help of https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xo … ng_started

Problem was in ColorTiling, and this should be disabled, so here is how file looks like:

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Monitor0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier    "Device0"
    Driver        "ati"
    Option        "ColorTiling" "false"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Screen0"  #Collapse Monitor and Device section to Screen section
    Device        "Device0"
    Monitor       "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth  16 #Choose the depth (16||24)
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     16
        Modes     "1024x768_75.00" #Choose the resolution
    EndSubSection
EndSection

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