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Re: unable to install "woody" on i386

slmpe wrote:

I seem to be unable to install Debian 3.0 on my computer. That is to say: everyting goes without any problems. After the end of the installation-process I am asked to log in. I do this and again sucessfull. Then I type "startx" and I get the message: "x connection to: 0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown)" Furthermore I read "no screen"

Note: Installing Debian and installing X are two totally different things. You have successfully installed Debian, or you wouldn't be able to login and type "startx". What you haven't successfully installed and/or configured is X (the X Window System).

You should be able to find a log of the X attempt in /var/log/XFree86.0.log. Look in that file for any lines that begin with (WW) and (EE). Those are the lines that should provide the info needed for fixing your problem. The error message you posted above are generic messages that are essentially meaningless.

Probably what has happened is that your video settings are incorrect, and there are "no screen" settings defined in your X setup that work with your hardware. These settings are stored in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. Although you can manually edit this file by hand, as a general rule you want to avoide doing that on Debian systems and instead run "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86". Some things to pay attention to are the video chipset driver ("ati" vs "vesa" vs "nv", etc), the horizontal/vertical refresh rates, the resolutions you want to try to use, and the number of colors. You may want to try dropping your resolution/colors to see if you can make any progress.

At any rate, post the error messages in the log as I mention above; that'll go a lot farther toward helping us to help you.


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