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ok. i just installed RedHat 5.2 and i cant get xWindows to work.
i tried the xconf(xf86config) and for through all of the ?'s but at the end, it always fails to write to the file. and i know i am in root
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by:caramilk
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make sure you have the proper video drivers installed for your video
card

then run XConfigurator and select the type of display you would like....

now run startx

Hope this helps
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by:TCPIP32000
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i have a 3dfx voodoo3
how do i change these drivers or set it up whatever?
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by:DVB
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mount your Installation CDrom.
mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom/redhat/RPMS.
ls XF*v*.rpm (You may also have to check with a capital v (don't have my installation media at the moment).
rpm -ivh XF*v*.rpm (where XF*.rpm refers to the x server for your card. Otherwise download the rpm from www.xfree86.org .

XConfigurator
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by:TCPIP32000
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ok...
the mount thing gave me an error... forget what exacly.
the ls command sais it couldnt find any files... along with the rpm command.

ive notices for alot of things i do... it tells me:
cant write file.. Read-only file system

whats up with that?
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by:DVB
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Add a line to your /etc/fstab file: /dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
This will let you mount the CDROM as read only.
ls will not give you anything if the filesystem is not mounted :)
Are you trying to write to a FAT32 partition? RH 5.2 does not support FAT32 as rw. Upgrade to a newer 2.2.* kernel.
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by:spooq
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if you are at the stage where you cannot mount a cdrom, you have buckleys of getting redhat 5.2 to talk to your voodoo3. your best bet is to download a copy of the brand-new xfree4.0 from www.xfree86.org, compile it and go with that.

luke
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oh yeah i forgot to warn you, when you try to compile xfree4.0 you're going to find all sorts of interesting things happen, like you wont have half of the programs you need (bison, yacc, etc)

get them from www.gnu.org. of course, if you cant get the internet working because you need kppp to give you a nice interface to set it up, then you're buggered :)

in this case, steal redhat 6.2 from someone you dont like much

luke

do i get points for this? wheres my free t-shirt?
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