I am stumbling through the move from Sarge to testing. I have managed
to get gdm to start but if I switch to a console I lose the window and
must restart gdm. Equally frustrating, my Wacom tablet mouse is not
recognized though it worked perfectly in Sarge and the wacom module is
This may be because I have not yet installed x-window-system-core.
Apt-get reports that this package and 457 other packages are not
installed as they cannot be verified. Should I go ahead and install
I know there have been many past messages on the list regarding the move
from Sarge to testing and I will try to go back to the archives to see
if this problem has already been solved repeatedly.
In the meantime if anyone has any quick words of advice they would be
For the record, I started off by backing up all of my home directory and
all of /etc.
Next I ran apt-get dist-upgrade. After this the ethernet connection
failed, gdm tried to start repeatedly and failed and there was a message
that udev required kernel 2.6.12 or higher. I had 2.6.11.
Next I booted from a bbc-2.1 cd and used lynx to find and download the
linux-2.6.15 kernel source from the Debian website. I compiled this
kernel using the .config from the 2.6.11 kernel directory, updated
lilo.conf, and booted from the new kernel. The ethernet connection was
restored but gdm still would not start. I tried dpkg-reconfigure
xserver-xfree86 without success.
Next I recalled that previously I had solved this problem by running
xf86config from /usr/X11R6/bin. The upgrade had deleted this program
but I recovered it from another computer and ran it. This created an
XF86Config file in /etc/X11 and then gdm could start.
It took me all day to get this far so I am posting this message and will
resume the struggle tomorrow.