Re: starting X makes the screen go white (newb - new install)
I'm a newbie too, but try running 'gdm' (GNOME Display Manager, I think)
instead of 'startx' and see how that works.
I think that apt-get install gnome should have installed metacity,
GNOME's window manager.
I'm trying (finally) to get debian to work on my Vaio PCG-C1VE.
Using the latest version of the installer (floppy images) i succeeded
in installing 3.1 on the little b*st*rd. Previous versions didn't
support USB disks (at least not on a noob level) so thx debian!
I used apt to get me the files i needed during the installation (i
did have to do an 'ifup -a' to get the network up - and still have to
after every reboot - but that's slightly OT here).
Once i got the machine to boot from its own HD i though it would be
nice to have GUI to learn my way around debian (and linux in general).
#apt-get install x-window-system
#apt-get install gnome
immediately after this i used vi to change my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.
The most important change i did was adding this modeline:
ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -
together with some other minor changes i found on http://www-
works fine (this means it starts up ;-/ ), the only thing i get to
see is a black screen which bleeds to a very white blue (starting at
the edges). Some vertical and horizontal lines can be seen as well,
all at the edge of some very white colours.
Some pictures i took during this happening can be found here:
http://www.yuru.be/debian/startx_1.jpg (going from 1 to 6)
The only way to get me out of this white hell is by tapping Ctrl-Alt-
F1, followed by Ctrl-C to stop the X server.
With my limited knowledge i though i could have forgotten to add a
window manager (didn't i read somewhere that this is not included in
gnome??) so i did
#apt-get install fvwm
So here i am writing this mail, hoping somebody here can put me on
the right track.
Thx for taking the time to read this,
I would include my XFree86.0.log but i have no idea how to get it of
the laptop (skipped mail config in debian installer...)