Re: A novice having trouble with X window on install
Charles Forelle <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm in the midst of my first ever installation of Debian and I'm having
> trouble with the graphical interface. I've completed the process (installing
> the bf2.4 flavor with only desktop environment picked in tasksel -- I chose
> not to run dselect yet). The install complete with a text log-in prompt. I
> can login OK, both as the normal user I created and as root. But when I
> reboot, I get a message right after the login prompt appears that says:
> I cannot start the X server (your graphical interface). It is likely that it
> is not set up correctly. Would you like to view the X server output to
> diagnose the problem?
> My choices: Yes or No.
> I pick Yes and get a blank gray box. My only choice is EXIT, which I pick.
> Then it says:
> Would you like me to try to run the X configuration program? Note that you
> will need the root password for this.
> I pick Yes and give the root password. Then I get:
> I will now try to restart the X server again.
> I pick OK, and after a second or two pause, I'm back to the original I
> cannot start the X server... message, whence I end up in an endless loop.
> Help! I'm totally flummoxed. Does anyone have a sense of what's gone wrong?
First, CTRL+ALT+F2, login as root type
when it stops spitting messages out,
answer the questions, save, and use
startx `which twm`
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