Kevin O'Connor kevin at ziptek-technologies.co.uk
Wed Nov 17 20:42:25 GMT 2004

I've watched you struggle with this for a few days now, so thought I'd chip

Did you install X after doing a standard install or did you install it at
the same time as every thing else?

I'm guessing that the output of pkg_info shows that a full install of X
exists and is registered on the system.

Do you get the black and gray grid when you run
Xorg -config xorg.conf.new
Or the XFree86 variant
XFree86 -xf86config XF86Config.new

If not follow the steeps from the relevant section of the handbook 

If you've done this and still no joy please post your hardware list, the
output of uname -a might also help as would a copy of rc.conf, xorg.conf.new

or XF86Config.new and the output from df -h if you did a custom partition of
the HDD.

Your .xinitrc or .xsession file can be found in your home directory after
you've set X up. 
It's a personal version of the system wide settings and allows you to do
things like set your windows manager.

If all else fails post me you configuration files, I'll go through them all
and see if I can get to the bottom of this. After all we can't have you
leaving that Christmas penguin on your home page, the BSD demon is much

>-----Original Message-----
>From: freebsd-users-admin at uk.freebsd.org [mailto:freebsd-users-
>admin at uk.freebsd.org] On Behalf Of John Seago
>Sent: 17 November 2004 18:00
>To: freebsd-users at uk.freebsd.org
>Subject: Re: 5.3
>On Wednesday 17 Nov 2004 12:00, freebsd-users-request at uk.freebsd.org wrote:
>> Start X manually for now with 'startx' (I'm presuming you've setup
>> your .xinitrc by now) and go: Control Center -> System Administration ->
>> Login Manager and configure to taste.
>I'm coming to FreeBSD from Slackware, <startx> is what I'm using, the error
>message is, > X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit Kill or server
>I lack the experience or skills base to repair a broken install from the
>command line, I do either need the GUI or Midnight Commander. I do, being
>retired have the time to keep re-installing to get it right. Whilst I did
>get the install right, insofar as I got one of the other window managers
>at the beginning of this saga, but since then have not seemed able to get
>'X' running. It must be something I am doing during the install, I'll read
>the manual again and have more attempts later in the week.
>I have no idea what my .xinitrc is!
>I had 4.10 in, running 'X' with KDE and reading and sending both Email and
>news. However, it was very slow. I had assumed that perhaps 5.3 would be
>an improvement, but I can't get it to install... at the moment.
>I will get this running!
>John Seago
>Linux User #219566 (http://counter.li.org)
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