Re: x configuration on sony vaio
okay...it didn't work at first so i installed some more packages and
eventually tried XF86Setup and it basically worked fine (messed up screen
though) so i used my config file instead -- didn't work. so i ran XF86Setup
again, this time trying to more or less reproduce my old config file with
that setup program, and this time i even got a nice screen and a good
resolution. anyway, when i run startx it doesn't work either. the problem is
with X because i get the following output when i run either X or startx:
var: allowed_users, value: rootonly.
var: nice_value, value: -10.
the funny thing is that i can start x out of that XF86Setup thingie but not
from the command-line. can you help me out? anyone?
> > hello. i just installed debian 2.2 on my sony vaio pcg-sr1k.
> > was succesful and i can boot with lilo without any problems. i haven't
> > able to set up x though. i used to have suse7 on this computer and i've
> > the config file. back then i used the command-line program xf86config to
> > set-up x, but that program is not to be found on my debian cd and i
> > been able to install my pcmcia-ethernet-card yet (i am still new to
> > and i do miss yast a lot! ;-) so basically what i would like to do is:
> For the ethercard: you want to install the pcmcia-cs package, and the
> pcmcia-modules that match your kernel.
> As you're new to debian, you may not be aware of apt; the above card
> install, ought to be
> apt-get install pcmcia-cs
> which isn't too bad...
> aptitude, or console-apt, are curses based front ends for apt (with
> different original intent) - so they might feel more comfortable for you.
> Not sure if aptitude will be on your CD. The only place I've ever gotten
> console-apt is from the net tho.
> (I'm a SuSE user too, just not on my laptop.)
> > -configure x manually (or alternatively get xf86config for debian): i've
> > a XF86Config that works with my notebook...is it enough to put it into
> > and do startx, or do i have to do something else first? and are there
> > special packages i need to install in order to run x?
> put your good XF86Config into /etc/X11/
> edit the text file /etc/X11/Xserver so the top line mentions your server -
> it might say none...
> hopefully you have the right X packages installed - the critical minimum
> here is the actual server you need, for example, xserver-svga, and at
> one window manager package, for example, fvwm.
> > -install my pcmcia-ethernet card...how does that work? i am lost!
> Your /lib/modules should contain a directory matching your running kernel.
> Under that there should be a bunch of subdirs for different types of
> If one of those subdirs isn't pcmcia, then you need to get those extra
> (assuming 2.2.17 is the kernel version you've got - I dunno, you have to
> apt-get install pcmcia-modules-2.2.17
> The card services and the modules together should be enough. You probably
> don't even have to reboot.
> > right, i hope those are not terribly stupid questions, but as i
> > still getting to know linux and slowly realising that suse's yast did
> > of the installation for me last time ;-)
> > thanks in advance!
> > best,
> > -amael
> Welcome to debian, amael!
> * Heather Stern * star@ many places...