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re X-server

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"

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

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".



how did you install 3.0? from a cdrom with base packages and than from an ftp-server with tasksel?

if you did so there is a possibility that tasksel did not come up with Xwindows-box. anyway: that happened on my machine (amd-athlon 2400, rock integrated motherboard).

so become root and do apt-get -f install xserver-xfree86 and apt-get -f install xfree-common and xfs or something laike that: for the precise package notation do apt-cache search xfree [etc].

on my machine this did the trick. after installation of these pkges i did as root xstart and see: there was light in this unwanted darkness.

 well, however, maybe this is worth a try

good luck,


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