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I'm brand new at this and I'm a little confused. I have Debian sarge running and I'm desperately trying to get a desktop installed. The problem I have is with my X server. anytime I try to run it, I get the message: Fatal Server Error: failed to initialize core devices. I thought my probs were video, but it seems to be my mouse.
It says skipping this and that (no symbols found) and then I see these three lines:
(EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/input/mice
No such device.
(EE) Configured Mouse: Cannot open input device
(EE) PreIntit failed for input device "Configured Mouse"
No core pointer
I'm assuming this means my mouse is set up wrong. I've tried editing the xf86config file a few times but I'm not sure what I'm doing. I'm using an HP Omnibook xe3 with a plain old 2 button, scroll wheel mouse (non usb). Any ideas?
It looks like we're getting somewhere. I now only have two errors show up in the log . When I try to start X it gives me Fatal Server Error: no screens found
It contains the lines:
Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
Undefined InputDevice "Configured Mouse" referenced by ServerLayout "Default Layout"
(EE) Problem parsing the config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()
So, I went in and changed the words "Generic Mouse" to "Configured Mouse" to see if that might make it happier and it seemed to do just that. Now X fires up--I think--cuz it goes through the motions of doing something and then settles on a black screen. I'm going to play with my vid settings since I was screwing with them earlier today in an effort to fix the prob. Thanks for the help!
I'm using an HP Omnibook XE3 laptop (which I left at work today). I don't know what type of video card it has in it. The mouse is some sort of Logitech that came with my Dell desktop. It's a normal PS/2 two buttons and a scroll wheel. I restarted the computer and it loads up Debian fine and then when it tries to jump into gnome I see a flash of a Debian logo (maybe a desktop bgd?) and then it goes completely black. I am able to get to the shell by pushing ctrl-alt-F1 and I've kind of been stumbling around guessing at settings in the xf86config setup wizard-type thingy.
OK, I feel like I'm getting close. I just have a few more questions. How do I find out what my monitor's HorizSync and VertRefresh are? I have long since thrown the manual for this laptop out. I got a little help from this page, but I'm still not exactly sure what my config file should look like. Right now, it looks like this: