[PC-BSD Testing] fluxbox / Switch user / Media Center VGA Display

James T. Nixon III james at ixsystems.com
Fri Dec 12 09:20:26 PST 2008

> James T. Nixon III wrote:
>> > I cannot start a fluxbox session when I log out and select fluxbox from 
>> > the Session menu. I noticed this in the betas as well.  I believe it's 
>> > related to iDesk and GKrellM trying to start but not being installed. 
>> > Also i believe 'startfluxbox' is supposed to be changed to 'fluxbox' (i 
>> > may be wrong).  Anyway, I hope this is enough to get you in the right 
>> > direction./
> James,
> I removed the .fluxbox config from our SVN, since I think that was 
> causing issues. If you "rm -rf .fluxbox" in your homedir, and then try 
> to login with fluxbox again, does it work now?

Yes, that worked. Thanks Kris!
>> > When you click Switch User on the kicker it just opens a Run Command. Is 
>> > this normal? I was hoping it'd allow me to log into another account 
>> > without logging out of my current session.
> I can confirm this bug here, its a KDE4 thing, not sure when its going 
> to be fixed though, maybe in 4.2 in the next few months.
Ahh, I figured it may be a KDE4 thing. Thanks for the info.

>> > I installed PC-BSD on an HP Windows Media Center box from 2005 with 
>> > minimal problems.  Thankfully the intel-3d-enable driver worked, but 
>> > effects do not.  I have the VGA going out to my 47" LCD TV, which seems 
>> > to be a problem for the display wizard. The TV's resolution would drop 
>> > to 720x400 and flicker until the screen goes black.  Eventually I was 
>> > able to get it working by skipping the display wizard, which defaulted 
>> > to the intel driver. But the next problem was that it also defaulted to 
>> > 1024x768, then I went to System Settings > Display and chose  1280x1024, 
>> > which worked well enough.
>> > 
>> > I guess the problem is PC-BSD detecting the refresh rate of my 
>> > television, or so I assume. Before I wiped the windows box it was doing 
>> > 1280x1024 without any problems.  I thought I'd throw that in there as 
>> > well just in case that's something we want to fix in the Display Wizard, 
>> > because the same problem seemed to occur at meetBSD on the Invincibook,
>> > 
>> > Thanks for the update guys!
>> > --james
> Yes, this normally is a refresh rate issue, if you open the display 
> wizard and click the "advanced" tab you can specify a horz / vert 
> refresh rate in there. It has some default rates already listed if you 
> click it, which may fix it for you. Normally the problem is that X will 
> try to auto-detect which refresh rate to use, and it will be incorrect, 
> especially when using a non-standard monitor, like your TV, or the 
> projector. If you specify one though, it should get around this problem.
Ah, that's too bad... Is this something we'll see fixed in the future, 
or a limitation we're stuck with?

Thanks for all the help and info Kris!


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