FC6 Xorg startup failure on Dell PE750 server

James Garrison jhg at athensgroup.com
Wed Mar 21 20:48:22 PDT 2007

Jay Cotton wrote:
> Well first of all, lets reverse the last step.
> cd /etc/X11
> mv save.xorg.conf xorg.conf
> restart x server.
> But a bigger issue is, I don't understand why you get NO display
> when the x server is not running at all.  This make no sense to me.
> Also, you say the chip is RageXL.  However the pci dump did not show
> a rage chip at all.
> You need to have a vendor id of 0x1002 and a device id of 0x4752
> for RageXL.  It sounded like the Dell has a possible remote process
> monitor on the system.  Is that true?, is it made by ServerEngines ?
> .....  Don't remember to other co that makes the remote monitor system...
> Anyway, lets get your system up to the point where you can talk to it
> and then we can hack away at the other problem.
I switched to runlevel 3 from an SSH session and it's now displaying
the login prompt on the console.  I suspect that X grabbed the display
and keyboard and then hung, preventing the Ctrl-Alt-Fn from being

Someone else suggested running "Xorg -configure" and installing the
generated config file, which I've done and then switched back to
runlevel 5.  Unfortunately I'm at home and can't see the console, but
ps|grep gdm looks a lot better now:

[root at perseus2 ~]# ps -ef|grep gdm
root      4310  4307  0 17:44 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/gdm-binary
root      4335  4310  0 17:44 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/gdm-binary
root      4339     1  0 17:44 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/gdm-binary
root      4340  4335  2 17:44 tty7     00:00:00 /usr/bin/Xorg :0 -br
-audit 0 -auth /var/gdm/:0.Xauth -nolisten tcp vt7
gdm       4354  4335  2 17:44 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gdmgreeter

I'll let you know whether it worked tomorrow.

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