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"HELP" is likely to be ignored. You might want to use something more
like "Newbie can't start X" or something.
> My name's Ricardo and i've recently installed Debian 3.0r1 on my
> and i'm having a problem. i've installed xfree86 but i can't launch the
> xserver. I don't understand the error on the screen since i'm a newbie
> with Linux but i think it has something to do with the VGA and the
> Mouse. Can you help me with this? I've installed both ATI Radeon
> and FrameBuffer. The configuration of the mouse is ttyS1, i made this
> configuration since i have 4 USB plugs(in the installation they were
> following: ttyS0 ttyS1 ttyS2 ttyS3). This is the hardware on my
> VGA ATI Radeon 7500 64mb AGP; Creative SB Live Player 5.1; a Realtek
> Ethernet card(10/100); ASUS Motherboard for PIII Mod.TUSL2-C; a PIII
> 700; Monitor LG 44i 14"; Logitech MouseMan Wheel USB; Alcatel Speed
> Touch USB ADSL Modem (512kb). Is there a chance that any of this
> hardware won't work under Debian GNU/Linux?
Starting at the bottom: yes, there's a chance that some of that hardware
won't work with Debian GNU/Linux, but it looks like it probably will all
work. I was a little concerned about the USB modem, but a quick google
turned up this page:
which seems to indicate it'll work, although it looks like it'll require
a 2.4 kernel and some work.
With a 14" monitor, you're likely to be stuck with low resolution/color
depth in X; depends on the specs of the monitor.
A USB mouse is usually found on "/dev/input/mice". The ttySx ports are
serial ports. So I'd say you definitely have your mouse configured
You can reconfigure your mouse and monitor and video card settings with
You can help us help you by looking through the output of "startx" when
it fails, or by looking through its log file (with something like "more
/var/log/XFree86.0.log") and look for any lines marked "(EE)", as well
as any other lines that look like failure points. Then post those lines,
and we'll have a better idea of what's failing.
- From: Ricardo <firstname.lastname@example.org>