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I am using cygwin/x from windows xp to connect to a remote linux machin. I've been able to connect but the display is all messed up. i start xterm from startx command in cygwin/x and it loads but there are 2 or 3 windows. Then when the text reaches the bottom of the screen you cannot access it. If you enable scrolling you can scroll down but the line with the command prompt is always beyond the visible range of the window so you have to type blindly hoping yuou got the command right and then hit return several times to move the command prompt higher up the window. Naturally this isn't workable

In the screen prin belong i typed some random characters when the screen print was below to visible part of the window and then hit return to move them up to see what i had typed. scrolling down doesn't move the command prompt to the visible window

thanks a lot
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by:t-max
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I'm not sure if you really need Cygwin, if the only thing you need is to open xterm from a Linux machine.
I would recommend you to try installing PuTTY (ssh client) + Xming (X11 graphical support for Windows).
These two programs are small, easy to set programs, and they provide all the functionality to open programs from remote linux machines.
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thanks for the suggestion but xming isn't free and this is only a temporary workaround until my own machine is fixed.
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by:upanwar
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If you are looking something freeware solution to access your machine in GUI then you can configure vncserver on your linux box.
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i managed to resize the window to solve teh problem using xterm -geometry
stty did not work
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Xming is free, and it's hosted in sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/
With these License:
BSD License, MIT License, Public Domain, zlib/libpng License

You should consider it for the future, if you need to use X11 graphics under Windows.
Regards, Max
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I solved the issue myself
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