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Re: installed with no X

On (20/11/03 08:14), Thinker wrote:
> On Thu, 2003-11-20 at 04:41, Clive Menzies wrote:
> > On (19/11/03 23:41), Thinker wrote:
> > > After installing Debian 3.0r1 "woody" "stable" after rebooting the
> > > machine I get the error message...
> > > 
> > > "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?"
> > > 
> > > I then press Yes and I get a blank box with 100% at the bottom. I press
> > > enter to exit and return to the previous error message.
> > > 
> > > What should I do from here to get X Working?
> > First you need to identify what part of the X configuration isn't
> > working.  Either as root (su) or sudo, if you have it installed type:
> > 
> > sudo less XFree86.0.log
> > 
> > the lines where you see (EE) are probably where the problem arises.
> > Armed with this information (again as root) type:
> > 
> > dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
> > 
> > which will enable you to change the configuration of the offending
> > component (could be mouse or display most likely).
> > 
> > You may need to try different configurations by trial and error.
> I did: 
> # sudo less XFree86.0.log
> ...and I got "XFree86.0.log: No such file or directory"
Oops should've been:

sudo less /var/log/XFree86.0.log

if you cd to that directory you can check the file exists ;)

> I then typed:
> #dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
> ...and I got "usr/bin/dpkg-reconfigure: xserver-xfree86 is not fully
> installed"

Ah! this may be a clue to the problem. Go to dselect (sudo dselect) and
make sure that the relevant packages you need are installed.  Use help
to work out how to search for xserver etc.

> I am familiar with Linux to the extent that I have installed and played
> with several Red Hat, SuSE, and Mandrake versions, but this is my second
> attempt at installing Debian (the first of which didn't get this far due
> to hardware failures). I say all of this to add weight to the following
> statement: "I have no idea what to do at this point: please help".
All I can tell you is that your problems are resolvable but you need to
search the archives for clues relating to your particular setup:


Quite often googling on the error messages you receive will yield best

Good luck

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