X11 Configuration on Solaris 10

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by wagonmaster, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. wagonmaster

    wagonmaster

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    Has anybody been successful in configuring X11 on Solaris 10. I'm using the Mac OS X beta 2
    release. The best I get is kdmconfig hanging.

    Which video card, monitor and resolutions / frequencies should we configure. I choose
    the generic VESA driver, but then it wants a screen size and a screen type with resolution,
    colors and freqeuency capabilities.

    thanks
     
  2. Schmidt

    Schmidt

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    I configured Xorg server on Solaris 10.
     
  3. Schmidt

    Schmidt

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    In kdmconfig you must chose Xorg server and run /usr/X11/bin/xorgconfig. Configure Xorg server
    according you configuration.
     
  4. trancepriest

    trancepriest

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    Addendum to the list above is to make sure you select the vesa driver from the adapter database in xorgconfig... don't click blindly pass this option. Also select PS/2 for keyboard. I finally got Solaris up and running after going through the same headaches... my biggest mistake was clicking pass the adapter database in xorgconfig.
     
  5. schwartz

    schwartz

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    Thanks for teh VESA tip. got my java desktop working. my "|" (pipe) key isn't mapped right though, what keyboard should I select?


    Also, do any of you have the network working for Solaris 10?
     
  6. constant

    constant

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    I was doing some xorg configuration once, and instead of selecting the "nice vesa" driver, I mistakenly selected the "vice versa" driver and ended up having the screen turn to negative.
    .
     
  7. goron

    goron

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    I used xorgconfig, chose vesa driver and some modest monitor. PS/2 mouse/keyboard. 102 key international (seems to work ok with | and \ ).

    Manually changed the resolutions to only have 800x600 at all depths (mini was headless and could only do 1024x768 - was using VNC from another mac to connect).

    Works ok, except Parallels freezes (spinny beachball) frequently.

    However, I now disable graphical login (dtconfig -d) and use my other Mac's X11 server to connect to it... effectively making a headless Solaris on a headless Mini :)

    It doesn't freeze anymore, so guessing it's the graphics support in Parallels that's flaky here.
     
  8. rpjenner

    rpjenner

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    These were the instructions I posted in an earlier thread, most of the keys seem to work except tilda (~), and the @ and " are the wrong way round.

    After you've followed the instrructions, it's worth copying the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file so if you re-install Solaris you can just copy the file rather than having to remember all the details from below.

    Hope this helps

    Richard

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    I'm running Beta3 of the Parallels Software. I've installed Solaris 10 01/06 and got the graphics / keyboard and mouse working. You can see a screenshot at http://www.flickr.com/photos/62281904@N00/

    I used the following commands :

    /usr/X11/bin/xorgconfig
    and then the following entries (the --> denotes my comments - don't type these
    [ENTER]
    5 --> PS/2 Mouse
    Y --> emulate 3 button mouse
    [ENTER] --> default for /dev/kdmouse
    7 --> Generic 104-Key PC
    87 --> UK Keyboard
    [ENTER] --> for keyboard variant
    n --> additional XKB options
    [ENTER]
    6 --> Non-interlaced SVGA 1024x768
    2 --> 50-90 vertical sync rate
    apple20 --> identifier for your monitor
    y --> yes, you would like to look at the card database
    0 --> Generic Vesa compatible option
    [ENTER] --> to continue
    5 --> 4096K of memory
    ati1600 --> identifier for you graphics card
    4 --> the modes are ok
    4 --> 16 bits
    then say Y to write to /etc/X11.conf

    Then you should only have to logout and login again for the new settings to take effect (although with all the experimentation I've done, I may have had to reboot).

    I also had problems with some Solaris Express builds which wouldn't install (but I had the same issues on my Toshiba laptop as well - problem is documented at :
    http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/forum.jspa?forumID=31
    the message is titled "X.cpio.bz2 : Odd Problem with various versions"

    It took about 40 minutes to install from the ISO image stored on the disk (I didn't use a physical DVD image).

    I going to try to create a flash archive from a later Solaris Express build and see if that works as I want to experiment with ZFS and also get Linux containers running under Brandz.

    Hope this helps

    Richard
     

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