new install - blank desktop
Hi I've just completed my first debian install which went smoothly (netinst - graphical installer). In aplications I selected Desktop environment, ssh server, mysql & standard tools
Debian boots ok, I can log on as the user set up via install, but all I get is the debian desktop & a mouse pointer ... no panels, nothing from right clicking or left clicking. Nothing there. Even ctrl-alt-del doesn't do anything.
I can also use ctrl-alt-F2 to get a terminal
How can I get a working desktop environment in Debian?
some more data that might be useful...
64 bit system
nvidia Geforce 8400 Gs
Debian 6.0.5 netinst
could it be the graphics card that is giving the prob?
Know nothing about nvidia cards so can't help there.
I would recommend booting to recovery mode as this will do some extra things during the boot process and then give you the chance to give your root password and work from there.
I would run;
If it does nothing you could try;
After running those hit Ctrl+d which should take you to a user prompt ($) instead of the root prompt (#).
If you get errors there try rebooting to the normal menu entry. Then let us know what happens.
Nvidia shouldn't be a problem as the nouveau driver works well with most Nvidia cards. Some of the better cards may need the 3.4 kernel to work with nouveau.
Hi thanks for your replies.
I never worked out what was wrong in the 1st place but via the terminal I firstly installed xfce to have a working desktop than I uninstalled & reinstalled gnome.
In the end I got Nvidia's own driver & used that & I'm trying a combination of xfce as my base desktop with compiz & elements of kde & gnome - very fast & sexy looking!
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