CentOS 6 Xorg crash "expected keysysm, got XF86Touchpad" On: line 120 of inet SOLVED
Posted by rbTech Staff on 07 August 2012 04:38 PM

This error caused me a monstrous headache recently when I did a CentOS load on a nice shiny new Intel 5650BC chassis.  It happened after I had done an initial load of the Basic Server group, and realized that I needed a GUI on this particular server because we were installing a VirtualBox instance to run a Win7/ SQL*Server instance for a client.

I ran 'yum groupinstall "X Window System" and the crashes started after the initial Firstboot windows came up.  I tried everything - changing out video cards, running Xorg -configure endlessly, etc. etc. ad nauseum.  I reloaded the server, running hte same groupinstall after initial load.  Nothing I did had any effect whatsoever.

The server was running a ServerEngines II video chipset, which is a rebranded Matrox G200e (which uses the Xorg driver 'mga').

Ultimately, in a fit of frustration, I spun a CentOS 5.5 disk, and Voila, it worked!  GUI and everything.  So I copied the xorg.conf off to a USB drive, and spun a CentOS 6.3 install one more time.  This time, I modified the packages during install, and included the X Window System, Desktop, and Gnome Desktop additions.  And guess what, it worked.

Turns out that in CentOS 6.3, you need to do the groupinstall of the Desktop and Fonts groups *in addition to* the "X Window System".  Thanks, Redhat, for fucking me up for hours parsing through completely immutable error messages that had nothing to do with the actual underlying issue that there were missing goddamned dependencies in your groups.

And now on to more satisfying things...

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