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Problem with starting Gnome or KDE on a Visualize B132L Series workstation

Andrew Kaplan
Super Advisor

Problem with starting Gnome or KDE on a Visualize B132L Series workstation

I went through the motions of installing, what I believe to be, the correct packages for running Gnome or KDE on a Debian 3.0 running
on a Visualize B132L series workstation. However, I am still unable to start Gnome or KDE. I checked the XFree86 log files and here
is the error that I see:

Fatal Server Error:
AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0

The card in question is an integrated EVC EG Graphics. I have been told to select the stifb and/or fbdev X drivers in order to get the GUI to work properly. If that is the case, how do I go about selecting the stifb and/or the "fbdev" X drivers for the card? I did not see any reference to such drivers in the list of those available.
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1 REPLY
Pierrick
Valued Contributor

Re: Problem with starting Gnome or KDE on a Visualize B132L Series workstation

Hi Andrew,

You use Debian for PA-RISC
http://www.debian.org/ports/hppa/

Visualize Graphics Cards are not ( yet ?) supported by Linux on PA-RISC.

look at this doc:
http://www.pateam.org/parisc-linux-boot/PA-RISC-Linux-Boot-HOWTO/hardware.html
BXXX models like B132, B160 and B180. These boxes can be used in the framebuffer mode via the Standard Text Interface.

you will find your answer in the Graphics cards with PA-RISC Linux doc :
http://www.fr.parisc-linux.org/faq/graphics-howto.html

but I think, the best way is to use a XDMCP connection to your B132 workstation.
just configure your gdm or your kdm to accept remote XDMCP connection and use it.

but if you want to test the fbdev driver:
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
and choose fbdev

regards,
Pierrick