Problems with Mandrake Linux

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    Problems with Mandrake Linux

    Recently my brother "accidently" changed the version of XFree from 4 to 3.3 and now KDE won't start, it just boots up to a shell. It just displays a list of resolutions, and it says they all fail. Then it says "Server crash: No screens could be found", then it goes back to the shell. How can I fix this?

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    If you're a Linux newbie, your best option is to reinstall. SSH into the box and download your files, then reinstall.

    How did he "accidently" downgrade XFree?

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    he clicked video card configuration and changed his version of XFree from there. He said it was "accidently"

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    is there any way to fix this without reinstall?

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    Was he root (I'm not sure if you have to be, I don't use X much)? Try reinstalling XFree via the command line. If you need more help go to the source (http://www.xfree86.org/).

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    I fixed it. I digged into Mandrake's message boards and found a program that comes with Mandrake called XFdrake. It is basically a shell-based graphics card configure program. I just went back to version 4.0 and BOOM! we got KDE again!

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    Of course, gotta hate "brothers" that do stuff like that.

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    Yeah, I didn't even think about the Xconfigurator tool. That's probably the same as what you're talking about.

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    golfinguy: r u suggesting that I did it? I would've just left it alone. I mean it is his comp, I'm not going to go in and change his crap around unless he asks me.

    PS: How do you all play your 3D games? We tried the "experimental" hardware accelerated version of XFree 3 point something something when we first installed Mandrake on his box, and it would freeze up when I try to play a 3D game. So we switched to 4.2.1 which only offers software rendering. It even runs TuxRacer very slowly. And he's got a Athlon XP 1700+ w/ 4x GeForce 2 MX 400 in it.
    Last edited by frenchfry164; 02-28-2003 at 10:45 PM.

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    Download the drivers from NVIDIA to play 3D games with OpenGL. It will work fine.

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