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Re: startx goes to black screen with mouse pointer

On Jun 22, 2015, at 7:15 AM, Jonni O'Gorman <jonni.ogorman@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I installed base system with System Utilities on mac G5 then followed this tutorial to get a simple gui setup
> http://ppcluddite.blogspot.ie/2012/03/installing-debian-linux-on-ppc-part-iii.html
> I also ran the command 
> systemctl set-default multi-user:target
> to force login to command line
> and then typed startx but only get a black screen with mouse pointer
> any ideas?
> uninstalling all then software now any trying MATE instead...

Did mate work for you?  I have the same problem (black screen with a white mouse cursor after running startx) on a MacPro "(PowerMac G5 Dual Core)” — It’s the one with the big aluminum case as described at everymac.com on this web page

What model is yours?  Can you find it at everymac.com?

I’ve tried booting with kernel command line argument “nomodeset”.  That gives me something recognizable as a desktop, but the colors are all screwed-up.

I have successfully installed jessie with the same configuration on a G4 (32-bit) PowerPC Mac.  The video works fine on it.

Differences between the G4 and the G5 that seem relevant:

        32-bit, single CPU
        VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV200 [Radeon 7500/7500 LE]
        radeon video driver software

        64-bit, dual CPU
        VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV43 [GeForce 6600 LE] (rev a2)
        nouveau  video driver software

Anybody have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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