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On starting Open Windows, the screen goes black, followed by a small amount of disk I/O, then everything stops, and all I can do is reset the machine.

This is not a display config problem, since even setting it to 640x480 16 colours has the same result.

It started occurring after I installed Wabi and enabled my second serial port. (COM2, its an intel platform). I have reversed both of these, but it didn't solve the problem.

Has anyone encountered this sort of problem?
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No, but you should try to generate a file that displays what is happening when your X server is started, it very well could be that you find out in this "log" what is happening.

  Please explain how do you intiate your openwindows session and from there could be easier to find out how to produce a logfile of your openwindows session.
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Log file sounds like a wise idea. Open Windows is normally started automatically from the .login script, but I believe all it does is set an environment variable to /usr/openwin, and then calls the /usr/openwin/bin/openwin binary file.
Executing that file on its own has the same results.
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That's right, now, /usr/openwin/bin/openwin is a script, no a binary, this fact gives you the chance to put one or to messages here and there to find out where things are being messed up, is highly probable that the program that is failing is Xsun, check tha man page of both openwin and X (or Xsun) is should mention an option that allows you to get a log file, if there is not such option you can modify openwin launching X with a truss command, in this way you could check which files X is trying to open (a library or a configuration file could be missing).

  I promess to check myself to give you more information.

Regards.
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