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I have installed Red Hat Linux 6.1 on my PC at work and my PC at home.

At work the text in Gnome Terminal is invisible: I just see a grey background  with the current position of the cursor a black rectangle and the command prompt and any text I type invisible.  

When running xterm I see a white background and the command prompt and cursor position one long black rectangle.

At home everything is normal.

If in order to answer this question, you need any particulars on my hardware, I'll be happy to supply them.
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by:freesource
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This sounds like a problem related to the way the Xresources are set-up for the two applications.

For xterm you could edit $HOME/.Xresources ($HOME =' ~/) and add a line to change the text color.

Like this:

XTerm*foreground: gold

Run this from the command line after you make the changes, and then run a new xterm:

xrdb -merge $HOME/.Xresources

You can find all the resources in "man xterm" and the same for the gnome terminal.  Maybe your display doesn't support all colors, in that case, just find one which works.

Tell me how it goes.
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by:freesource
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And, yes, if this is a situation where you are not properly displaying certain colors, you might as well tell me which video card you are using, which X server, and the depth you are running at.
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by:Reinier
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Are you by any chance using a graphics card with the SiS 6326 chipset, like the diamond speedstars? Go read the http://www.xfree86.org/XFree86/FAQ about them.
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raks04 earned 300 total points
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your prob is with the graphics card.
so pal visit the SUSE linux website for the required drivers.But lets just say you dont have the patience for all this then your best option would be to run X-windows like this:
startx -- -bpp 24
this starts X at 24 bit depth and you will be able to see the characters in the xterm
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by:arieverburgh
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Yes, I have a SiS 6326 chipset in my graphics card, and have the required driver suggested on the SUSE website.

Both Reinier and raks04 provided good answers (although I haven't tested raks04's advice, as I have the required driver).  I visited the website suggested by Reinier and followed the FAQ's suggestion to add option "nolinear" to my xf86config file, and ,voila, it worked.  Amazing!
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