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Old 01-28-09, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Graphics Config Hosed (SUSE 10) No GUI

Graphics Config Hosed (SUSE 10)

NOTE: I am absolutely a newbie for any linux flavor. Any instructions to me will probably require some level of detail.

I have been searching for answers for 2 days now to no avail for the below issue & would truly appreciate some expert guidance / troubleshooting assistance.

I was handed a SUSE 10 box running an SMTP server that was tagged by Spamhaus as being listed with the CBL site & identified as infected with the Cutwail spambot.

First thing I did was to log in with the only credentials provided (root) through the GUI & performed an online update through Yast. There were quite a few security updates which I promptly selected & allowed download & install.

I rebooted when they completed only to be greeted with the console login instead of the GUI.

Thus I am now unable to access the GUI & have performed the tasks below to no avail (not necessarily in order).

- Always logging in as root via console
- init 3, ran sax2 w/multiple flavors & combinations -1 -i -r -a -m, 0=vesa/0=nvidia/0=i810/0=nv. All of which seem to begin the sax2 steps, seem to auto config, seem to write the appropriate directory etc with the exception of actually being able to make any changes nor see any config options.
Sax2 in all cases starts up without X server & displays a GUI window that seems to be trying to fit on the monitor correctly then back to console.

I have verified the system will boot to init 5 just fine & it seems X server is loading correctly as well.
I have tried using xf86config which is also to no avail no matter how many times I have tried & restarted.

I have searched for the /etc/X11 and /usr/X11R6/ directories even after notice of successful write from sax2 -a I think & am never able to find the directories listed. This means obviously that I am also unable to locate the org.conf file as well any log files in the /var/log directory that would give me any indication that these items exist at all.

I am running an Nvidia GeForce 5200 onboard graphics card within a Dell GX270 desktop. I connected the box to an older Dell P793 CRT & have the specs for the sync ranges, resolutions & display modes which did not seem to help when running the xf86config command.

I have looked through yast in YOU & the other packages but am unable to find anything that would stand out. I also tried to use the hardware/graphics & monitor I think was the option to perform the same function as Sax2, but selecting that option does not open or do anything.

I have seen errors / failures / notices etc comprising:

- "duplicate symbolNVWaitVsync in /usr/x11r6/lib/modules/drivers/nv_drv.o - Also defined in /usr/x11r6/lib/modules/drivers/nvidia_drv.o - Fatal Server error: Module load failure"

- startx command brings up what would be the default GUI login screen & seems to try & load, but instead brings me back to console with several notices
Could not init font path element /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/local - removing from list!
Could not init font path element /usr/x11r6/lib/x11/fonts/CID - removing from list!
Could not init font path element /opt/kde3/share/fonts - removing from list!
/etc/x11/xim: checking wether an input method should be started - trys to start default method for locale en_us.UTF-8...There is no default input method for the current locale
startkde: Shutting down....
klauncher: Exiting on signal 1
/usr/x11r6/bin/kde: line 274: artshell: command not found
startkde: Running shutdown scripts...
startkde: Done
- Others I dont remember

I am again unable to find log files related to items such as Sax, xorg etc. Even if I did, to be honest I dont yet know how to open them from console nor edit them although I am able to open vi or vim editor.

I have looked on http://wiki.x.org but no solutions there. I really think from everything that this is somehow related to an update that may have been in the list of updates that were installed that has updated the Nvidia kernel or drivers which would mean 1 or the other needs to be applied / updated to get them back in sync.
Along those lines, I have tried to add yast installation source for nvidia both http & FTP to download & install the legacy driver package NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run from http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...14.12.htmlthat was stated to use for my card from http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA.

Sorry for the long post & not placing in order of steps. If anyone has any idea what direction / steps to take & am ready to listen I dont know how to revert back to pre updates, (have tried to CD btw), re-install kde, xorg or sax2, download install configure nvidia issue or the like..simply stuck.

Thanks for you patience & hope someone is able & has the time to assist.
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Old 01-28-09, 04:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Graphics Config Hosed (SUSE 10) No GUI

I'd suggest starting with posting /etc/X11/xorg.conf and /var/log/Xorg.0.log
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Old 01-28-09, 05:48 PM   #3
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I will be more than happy to ablidge & ultimately would have added that to the original post, however I simply do not know how to open & then pull that log file especially since I am working in the console.

Would you be willing to enlighten me on how to?

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