startx failed starting xwin

Sheng Lin
Tue Dec 27 19:22:00 GMT 2005

startx hangs in the middle of starting xwin. I am using windows XP
Professional with service pack 2 on Dell XPS. I have McAfee installed
on the machine. I tried disabling McAfee. Still got the same message.
The following is the XWin log of the starting process.
Welcome to the XWin X Server
Vendor: The Cygwin/X Project
XWin was started with the following command line:
X :0 -multiwindow -clipboard
ddxProcessArgument - Initializing default screens
winInitializeDefaultScreens - w 1024 h 768
winInitializeDefaultScreens - Returning
_XSERVTransmkdir: Owner of /tmp/.X11-unix should be set to root
(II) XF86Config is not supported
(II) See for more
(==) FontPath set to
winAdjustVideoModeShadowGDI - Using Windows display depth of 32 bits
per pixel
winAllocateFBShadowGDI - Creating DIB with width: 1024 height: 768
depth: 32
winInitVisualsShadowGDI - Masks 00ff0000 0000ff00 000000ff BPRGB 8 d 24
bpp 32
null screen fn ReparentWindow
null screen fn RestackWindow
InitQueue - Calling pthread_mutex_init
InitQueue - pthread_mutex_init returned
InitQueue - Calling pthread_cond_init
InitQueue - pthread_cond_init returned
winInitMultiWindowWM - Hello
winInitMultiWindowWM - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Hello
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
MIT-SHM extension disabled due to lack of kernel support
XFree86-Bigfont extension local-client optimization disabled due to
lack of shared memory support in the kernel
(--) Setting autorepeat to delay=500, rate=31
(--) winConfigKeyboard - Layout: "00000409" (00000409)
(--) Using preset keyboard for "English (USA)" (409), type "4"
At this point, the X icon shows in the task bar notification area. But,
xterm does not start and no other X-application can be started either.

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