Re: Debian for the first time, a couple of problems
ein grosser wrote:
Since a couple of days I am fiddling with my new Sarge
And since yet I've not managed to make
the ISDN system work (which seems to be a major problem
with 2.6 kernels)
Sorry; don't have a clue on this one.
First of all, I've created the Sarge DVD images on July,
5th and so my installation uses only packages up to this
date. The kernel package is 2.6.6-1-686.
First strange thing is that during boot time there are lots
of FATAL messages about modules cannot be loaded, because
"operation not permitted".
This seems really odd.
You can add the modules manually to /etc/modules so they'll load up on
Nevertheless after booting lsmod
shows that quite a couple of modules got loaded anyway. But
for instance the module 'psmouse' did not, therefore X does
not start ('no core pointer found') and I have to do a
'modprobe psmouse' by hand first, which works.
You could use modconf, which will do that for you.
You can install/fix the discover (or equivalent) hardware detection utility.
My guess is that those FATAL error messages you're getting is causing a
big part of your grief. I'd spend my effort on tracking those down.
I'm suspecting the framebuffer here, but I'm not sure. Check
/etc/lilo.conf (assuming lilo and not grub, etc) to see what your video
settings are; maybe set it to "vga=ask" and rerun lilo and then reboot
and try different settings.
OK, next very annoying thing is about the text console.
Whenever I use a program which draws an user interface by
ascii line characters (e.g. aptitude) instead of all the
border lines this strange 'oe' character is printed. I've
tried 'dpkg-reconfigure locales' but without any success.
IIRC, "apt-get install locales" (or "dpkg-reconfigure locales"), then
select US English (all three) or whatever is appropriate for you.
Now concerning X and especially KDE. Some programs complain
about 'locales not configured for xserver' or vice versa
'xserver not configured for locales' or something, cannot
It sounds like your installation had some serious issues and did not
complete properly. I'm not sure why this would be the case (a bad
snapshot of the installer? esoteric hardware? buggy RAM?).
Allmost ALL kde-programs give lots of error messages about
misconfigured icon directories in /usr/share/icons/...
'.xsession-errors' is spammed with this.
Some programs do not start at all saying something like 'QT
pixmap cannot be used without a GUI'.
And worst of all, allthough 'xfontsel' shows all the
standart fonts I expect of a common XFree-installation KDE
does not seem to see them, e.g. the standart Helvetica,
Times and Courier fonts are completely missing in KDEs
Well if anyone could point me to a solution of one or more
of these problems I would be very happy.
I've never installed from a DVD; if it were me, I'd use the 100MB
net-installer image, and then pull the rest down from the net, but
you've got an ISDN network, and I don't even know what that means, so I
can't address it.