XFree86 freezes

Tim van der Molen tbm at home.nl
Tue Aug 2 09:12:03 PDT 2005

On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 12:26:33 +0200, Declan Moriarty wrote:
> Recently, Somebody Somewhere wrote these words
> > Hi,
> > 
> > XFree86 4.5.0 on LFS 6.1 appears to freeze when I open an xterm in twm
> > and then either try to move the xterm window with my mouse or run a
> > command whose output doesn't fit in the window (like "ps aux" or
> > "dmesg"; "echo hello", on the other hand, isn't a problem).
> > 
> > In the XFree86 log file I found nothing useful in relation to this
> > problem.
> > 
> > I use the XF86Config file created by "XFree86 -configure" and in
> > .xinitrc only twm is started.
> > 
> > I have no idea about what is going wrong here. What could I do to
> > discover the cause of this problem? I'd be happy to give more
> > information if needed.
> > 
> IIRC, there is some buffer which xterm will use for screen overflow, and
> it appears it can't be found. Either that or you have some module
> crashing in X.
> Post again with details of your video setup. DRI? Framebuffer? Video
> settings. Are you on a standard vesa modeline or have you tweaked things
> and rolled yourself a weirdo. What's your box? Laptop? PPC? Sparc?

Never mind. It turned out that the dreadful video card requires nVidia
drivers. I should have thought of that...

For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

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