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Re: Oh no something has gone wrong! after reinstalling Debian and Gnome.

On 05/21/2017 07:24 PM, Anil Duggirala wrote:
> Thanks everyone for your responses. I did not expect such quick and full
> response. I also really don't believe it has anything to do with
> partitioning (Debian deleted the partitions and created exactly
> corresponding partitions with guided partitioning). 
> More info: When I installed initially with LXDE, I had horrible graphics
> and no touchpad, upon installing the Linux-image from backports (4.9),
> these problems were resolved. I have tried installing Linux-image 4.9
> from backports (using the command line) now again, the problem persists.
> However, in the debian-laptop users list, I guy who said he has the
> exact same laptop (Asus X441SA) said he is running Gnome-Classic
> (Gnome), I have tried asking him if he got this problem but have
> received no response from him.
> All commands outputs here are in a new installation (I have installed 3
> times now), with the regular kernel (3.16)
> Outputs:
> inxi commands say 'command not found'
> lspci .... :
> 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Device
> [8086:22b1] (rev 35)
> Subsystem: ASUSTek Computer Inc. Device [1043:1290]
> 00:0b.0 Signa processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Device 
> [8086:22dc] (rev 35)
> Subsystem: ASUSTek Computer Inc. Device [1043:1290]
> 00:13.0 SATA Controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:22a3]
> (rev 35)
> I have pasted Xorg log at https://paste.debian.net/933539
> Should I just try Mate or XFCE?? is it possible that works?
> thanks a lot,
Sorry about the side conversation on partitioning.  Clearly your problem
is not the partitioning scheme.  As Felix found, the key information in
lspci output is the device id (8086:22b1) for your graphics controller
is not supported in the stable distribution of Debian.  It is, however,
supported in the Stretch distribution.  I am running Stretch currently,
and it is a good working distribution, with the vast majority of major
bugs already worked out of it.  You should be able to run Stretch
without problems.  I concur with Felix, install Stretch and enjoy :)
> On Sun, May 21, 2017, at 03:57 PM, Jimmy Johnson wrote:
>> On 05/21/2017 12:52 PM, Michael Milliman wrote:
>>> On 05/21/2017 12:23 PM, Jimmy Johnson wrote:
>>>>> However, the OP's post does not mention anything of this nature.  The OP
>>>>> deleted the existing Debian partition(s) leaving the existing Windows
>>>>> partition(s) alone.  No mention was made of the ordering of the
>>>>> partitions on the drive.  The OP then re-installed Debian with the
>>>>> Debian installer, effectively starting from scratch with Debian.
>>>>> Everything seems to work, except GNOME is crashing on boot.  There are
>>>>> several things that can cause this, and I have caused some of them on my
>>>>> system before, however the fact that this is a fresh install limits the
>>>>> possible causes, the most likely of them being a missing (non-free?)
>>>>> video driver or some such required by GNOME to run properly.  The way
>>>>> the OP went about scrapping and re-installing the Debian system is valid
>>>>> and should not have caused a problem under normal circumstances.  Hence
>>>>> the suspicion of a missing driver (again probably non-free, and likely
>>>>> Radeon as well...I've had similar issues with my laptop).
>>>> I have a Lenovo laptop with the problem you describe and it's a
>>>> kernel/video/plasma problem, works fine with the old Sid 4.7 kernel but
>>>> not with the 4.9, first boot is ok, on restart you will not get the DM
>>>> or x and may freeze up.  Sometimes switching back and forth on the
>>>> consoles will get you x, alt+ctrl+F2-F1-F3-F7. Jessie back-ports are
>>>> also 4.9 and don't work right too. The problem here is an
>>>> Intel-965-mobile, I'm going to install the Jessie kernel and see if that
>>>> works or maybe a Ubuntu kernel, I think they are 4.4 and 4.8, I know the
>>>> 4.4 will work, for me anyways, but I have to do something cause the 4.7
>>>> kernel is old now and not getting security updates.
>>> Hey, its better than the 3.16 kernel I was stuck with for a long time up
>>> until just a couple of months. :)  In my case, laptop would boot, but
>>> the screen would be completely blanked out.  If I caught the boot
>>> process at just the right time with a alt+ctl+F1, I could get it to
>>> finish booting, if I missed the window, it was power-off, power-on!! :(
>>> The first-boot on 3.16  would do usually boot into software emulation
>>> mode, and then I installed the Radeon drivers, and everything was OK.  I
>>> have 4.9 running now and working fine. Video drivers and wifi drivers
>>> have been my bane for many a year!
>> I had to remove all Debian firmware and installed linux-image-generic 
>> and linux-headers-generic and Ubuntu's firmware-linux, but now it's 
>> running 4.4.0-21-generic, it's booting fine and I can get updates too. 
>> So this kernel problem I've had for more than a year is fixed, I was 
>> going to wait for Stretch to go final but I've waited long enough. This 
>> was on two systems Sid/Testing and Stretch. The version I'm using is 
>> Ubuntu 16.04, just in case the OP wants to try it, I used Synaptic to do 
>> the work and pinned the Debian release so not to pickup any other Ubuntu 
>> packages not needed and I was able to rid more than 800Mb of Debian 
>> kernel's on each system.
>> -- 
>> Jimmy Johnson
>> Debian Sid/Testing - Plasma 5.8.6 - EXT4 at sda15
>> Registered Linux User #380263

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