[nSLUG] (1) X dies on return from VT switch (2) No beep
mspencer at tallships.ca
Tue Jun 2 03:01:49 ADT 2009
Thanks for pointers on rsync. Did some test runs and it looks like
that will fix me right up.
But: I hit two other problems.
1. X is working fine. Handles mplayer, gimp, browser etc. When I
switch to another virtual console and then switch back , X dies
Fatal server error:
Caught signal 11. Server aborting
I guessed a workaround from widely scattered bits turned up with
google re. similar problem on oldish Redhat and recent Debian :
change xorg.conf to:
######### DefaultDepth 24
I.e. DefaultDepth 16 instead of 24, after which VT switch works as
Xorg 6.9.0 + twm (no KDE/Gnome)
i810 driver on 865G chipset
2.4 kernel on Dell with P4 CPU, 500M RAM
Is this a well-known bug (feature, config mistake, wierdness) that
y'all know about? Is there a better solution?
2. There's no bell. No matter whether it's in Emacs, in an xterm or in
a console when X hasn't even been started. No beep. Even this:
/bin/echo -ne '\007'
Sound system plays video file sound track, sound files, CD audio,
DVD video sound track. I've tried all possible settings in aumix.
I note that the aumix GUI shows a slider for "Spkr" on my present
machine (IBM PIII) which *does* control the beep volume. There's
no such slider in the aumix panel on the Dell I'm trying to set up.
I don't understand why. Is there a clue here?
Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER
(ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02
My current machine (IBM PIII) beeps through the sound card and
external speakers. "xset b" works as advertised. But the Dell
doesn't beep no matter what I do. 
 X dies, details: Switching from X to a console doesn't kill X. ps
shows X still running. But ALT-F7 to *return* to X kills X. The
i810 driver manpage says:
Option "VBERestore" "boolean"
Enable or disable the use of VBE save/restore for saving and
restoring the initial text mode. This is disabled by default
because it causes lockups on some platforms. However, there
are some cases where it must enabled for the correct
restoration of the initial video mode. If you are having a
problem with that, try enabling this option. Default:
Enabling that option in xorg.conf is noted in the xorg.0.log but
doesn't fix the problem.
 "Why do you *want* a @!#$!@ beep, anyhow?" answered on request.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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