SCO Unix Installation FAQ
This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
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This is perhaps the most difficult problem new SCO users can get
trapped in. The machine is set to start the GUI automatically, but
it either fails completely, or it works partially but they can't
login, or they can login but the mouse doesn't work (and they can't
figure out how to get out of it without a
mouse). As most neophyte users have not yet learned about the
magic of alternate screens which lets you
switch away from the graphic screen that doesn't work, , they are
stuck, and horribly frustrated.
By default, most SCO systems get configured to assume IBM VGA
graphics. That's a pretty safe bet, and will almost always give an
at least marginally usable 640 by 480 GUI. If it does not, then you
need to run "mkdev graphics" (from a character based login, of
course) to correct the problem. Here, you'll select a video driver
that works with your system. Note it's not necessary to reboot to
test your changes: simply login on an alternate screen (ALT-F3, for
example) and type "startx".
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