Use the latest version of Circos and read Circos best practices—these list recent important changes and identify sources of common problems.
If you are having trouble, post your issue to the Circos Google Group and include all files and detailed error logs. Please do not email me directly unless it is urgent—you are much more likely to receive a timely reply from the group.
Don't know what question to ask? Read Points of View: Visualizing Biological Data by Bang Wong from the Points of View series.
Global Scale Adjustment
2. Global Relative Scale Adjustment
3. Adjusting Scale for Regions
4. Creating Zoomed Regions
5. Overlapping Zoomed Regions
6. Smoothing Scale
7. Combining Scales
8. Drawing Data with Scale Adjustment