startxwin doesn't pop up terminal

jose isaias cabrera
Thu May 12 17:10:00 GMT 2005

It's interesting that you say this.  The same thing happened to me.  Monday, 
it was working fine.  I did an update and Tuesday, after a reboot, it 
wouldn't work.  And yes, I have an ATI driver on my laptop.  Now I am forced 
to use wmaker, which I am finding myself, slowly, very slowly, falling in 
love with. :-)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Day" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:32 PM
Subject: RE: startxwin doesn't pop up terminal

> Marcel wrote:
>> I've been using cygwin and cygwin/x or at least an
>> xterm by running the startxwin.bat provided by the
>> default cygwin setup.exe. (on windows xp)
>> Then I'm not sure what happened, I think I just
>> reinstalled some packages with setup, in any event,
>> when I now run startxwin.bat or if I try
>> or startx or XWin.exe, I don't get a terminal or
>> window pop up anymore.
> Exactly the same thing happened to me (on Win2K) a few weeks ago.
> Used to work.  Then it didn't.  I'm not sure whether it
> was a cygwin or graphics-card driver (ATI Radeon) update
> that broke it.
> I just dropped the -multiwindow option, ran the
> openbox window manager and decided I preferred it
> (but then I do use fluxbox on Linux).
> I did spend a little time trying to fix it though;
> putting a "-screen 0" into the XWin command line
> somewhere (can't remember whether it was before or after
> -multiwindow) would _sometimes_ work as expected (other
> times it would still hang up with no xterm, don't know why).
> Tim
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