Terminal Window problems

None of the terminal windows will show what I type and only show the root login prompt if one of the menus is activated.
the screen reverts to black as soon as the menu is closed. None of the configuration options make any difference.
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mpassConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Follow these instuctions so you can see what you are doing. This is a problem with your XF86Config file. This file is usually located at /etc/X11/XF86Config. If your system usually boots up to xwindows, you'll need to switch to a console. Do this by pressing the three keys, 'ctrl' 'alt' and 'F2' simultaneously. You will need to use one of the character editors (vi,vim,joe,ed,etc...) to edit the XF86Config file when you are at the terminal.

Procedure as follows:

You must manually edit the file /etc/XF86Config and insert the following lines in the 'Device' section:
      Option "sw_cursor"
      Option "no_accel"
      Option "no_linear"

At a minimum everything should work with 8bpp.
Use the xf86configuration tool to configure the SVGA server for your graphic card. After completing the configuration, edit the file /etc/XF86Config as described below. The example shown below is for a Diamond SpeedStar A50. Find the Device section of the file -- it looks something like this:
Section "Device"
   Identifier      "Diamond SpeedStar A50"
   VendorName      "Diamond"
   BoardName       "SpeedStar A50"

Modify the section by adding the "option" lines as shown below:
Section "Device"
   Identifier      "Diamond SpeedStar A50"
   VendorName      "Diamond"
   BoardName       "SpeedStar A50"
   Option          "sw_cursor"
   Option          "no_accel"
   Option          "no_linear"

Note: Most distributions put XF86Config in /etc/X11 or /etc/X11R6. Suse puts theirs in /etc.


Another option is to install the new XFREE86 servers which have better support for the SiS chips built in. You can get them from:


If you have problems, please leave a comment. Thanks.

What happens when you move the mouse pointer into the terminal window and click once before typing?
Tell us what video card do you have?
daveraveAuthor Commented:
Clicking in the terminal window moves/inserts the curser at the end of where the login should be could you see it. draging while clicking highlights the area you drag...... still you cannot see typing.

Video card is an SIS with a chip number listed in the x window configuration list (6326) I think set to 16 bit full colour 800x600

I have since found a message in Linux Conference that the Terminal windows are 'not configured yet'  

As yet I haven't found any documentation to help me do this deeper than the configuration options in the terminal window.

Thanx DaveRave
If you use the gnome-terminal program now, try to use another terminal-program. rxvt or xterm eg.

Does that help? If it does check what parameters gnome-terminal uses.

Does any other windows (netscape, emacs, gedit) work as expected?
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