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Re: desktop

 --- Wim De Smet <kromagg@gmail.com> wrote: 
> Hi,
> On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 02:53:58 -0800, Theo Lehr
> <tbl1473698525@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > please help I installed debaian and when I boot up
> I can
> > loggin fine but I know I chose to install a
> desktop interface
> > during insalation  but all I get is what look like
> a beefed
> > up version  of ms dos (discrpition not to insult
> anyone)
> > I am very profishant w/ windows half that on macs
> but
> > still good! But till now I have never used linux
> save a
> > P.H.L.A.K. live cd and couldent fully use that!
> but ingenerall
> > I'm good w/ comp..I think I figured what I did
> wrong
> > but  no idea how to fix I set the desktop maneger
> to xdm
> > I belive now I needs to be kdm but don't know how
> to
> > change that value agine please HELP!!!!!!
> Usually X is not installed automatically but if you
> select desktop
> system with tasksel you probably already have the
> necessary software,
> you just need to configure it properly. Install the
> following
> programs: read-edid, hotplug. This will help you a
> bit further. Then
> run:
> dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
> (xserver should be installed). Answer all the
> questions and see if xdm
> will start up. 

Although as a newbie, I didn't realise that some
questions shouldn't actually be answered! In other
words, quite a few of the sections in dpkg-reconfigure
xserver-xfree86 should be left blank for some (most?)
hardware. I stuggled with the PCI:0:16:0 stuff, until
I read the screen carefully and left it blank!

Hope that helps.

> Changing from xdm to kdm can be done
> by
> dpkg-reconfigure either of them I think or just by
> update-alternatives
> (read the man page).
Matt Johnson

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