i've been an avid debian user for more than 2 decades at this point and just
bought myself my first laptop. It and buster are new enough that a quick web
search didn't show me much. Apologies if questions of this sort have been
asked before (i subscribed myself to the list instead of doing an extensive
search (i did check for 'dell 3785' and none of the results seemed like they
were particularly helpful)).
So i managed to install successfully (the LVM level encryption option seems
very excellent -- that's what i chose) but when i restarted, the machine hung.
Gnome Display Manager tried to briefly start. No GUI appeared though -- only a
momentary flicker of the screen (with no mouse pointer, only a blinking
underscore at the top left of the display) before reverting to command line
output. After dropping back to the command line, no login prompt is available (nor am i able to access any other consoles via ctrl-alt-Fn nor alt-Fn key combinations. Fortunately i am able to get a root prompt in rescue mode, so i'm
hopeful (that with the help of some of you kind people) that i will be able to
succeed in getting my preferred KDE desktop environment to eventually load.
I have several questions:
How do i enable networking from the command line? i assume i can do this in
rescue mode? i was able to connect to my wireless network during the install,
but if it's easier to plug in an ethernet cable, i'm happy to try that instead
(DHCP is enabled (both wireless and ethernet end up in the same network at my home), though i'm willing to set a static IP also).
What log files should i be looking for on this newly installed buster machine?
My guess is that i may have to install some proprietary non-free firmware
packages (which i'm OK with). My quick web search indicated that ubuntu ought
to work, but i'd rather stick with debian (though it's possible that at some
point in the future i'll cry uncle). Would it be helpful for me to boot from a live DVD (either debian or ubuntu) in order to troubleshoot this problem?
thanks so very much for any assistance/insight anyone is able to provide,