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Old 10-18-2005, 10:25 PM   #1
duffmckagan
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Trouble installing Debian Sarge.


I have the Debian CDs. (All 14..and what am I gonna do with all these 14 CDs is....install all the stable software, be it outdated...not a single software, except security updates, nothing will be installed from the internet.)


But the problem is, I can't start the X server in Debian.

Complete details about my Computer can be found Here


To quote the above link,

Display:
Video Adapter S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR (32 MB)
3D Accelerator S3 ProSavageDDR
Monitor LG E700B [17" CRT] (13234797)


I installed Debian with the normal setup, usual paritioning.

I did not understand where did I go wrong. (I tried to install it on a XFS parition, but I don't think that would be the reason for the inability of the X server to start.?!? )


Please can anybody tell me the exact way to install this ?
I can't have internet before I login to my user account with my ISP. (I can't have internet before I have debian up and running.)

I had tried to install Debian Woody on the same computer, but without any success.
But then it was told to me that the then version of X server did not have support for my Graphics Card.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 01:41 AM   #2
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Check the /var/log/XFree86.0.log for the error (cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log | more). The S3 is supported and you should have selected it during install. Next problem is your monitor refresh rates. Check the refresh rate either by getting the details from your manual or the manufacturer's website. To reconfigure the settings do as root dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 and enter the relevant details you have obtained above.

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Old 10-19-2005, 03:57 AM   #3
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The S3 is supported and you should have selected it during install.
Yes. I did it. But I was confused ...what to select. It showed me a lot of options saying Savage etc. but I was not sure what to select. I don't remember exactly what did I select. (But I guess there wasn't anything like S3 there... and if there was, there wasn't anything that exactly matched the name of my Graphics Card.)



Quote:
Next problem is your monitor refresh rates. Check the refresh rate either by getting the details from your manual or the manufacturer's website.
No. That was OK.
I also did
root@computer# xf86config

and that asked me questions that wrote the xfree86.conf file.
But still, couldn't start the X server.

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To reconfigure the settings do as root dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 and enter the relevant details you have obtained above.
Okay! I will try this.

I was knowing that there is something like that, but was missing the xserver part.



I will post back soon.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Finally Debian Sarge is installed :)

Aha!! Finally I got it installed after a lot of days!

I selected the S3 Savage option, and everything worked fine thereafter.

Please take a quick look at the problems I encountered with the new installation.
I will soon try to fix these, but if there is a quick solution, please post it. I am quite lazy to search for the solutions.

Scroll Button not working.

The Login screen cannot be changed. The default looks aweful.









Moreover, please tell me how do I add software from the CDs?

I am testing Debian these days, and just wanna stick with the Stable software. So, please tell me how do I add more CDs to the apt-sources and how do I install software.

As already told, I won't be installing a single software from the internet,but just security updates.

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Old 10-19-2005, 12:11 PM   #5
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Re: Finally Debian Sarge is installed :)

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Originally posted by duffmckagan
I am quite lazy to search for the solutions.
This is not ideal if you are going to use Debian. Debian requires a lot of learning because a lot needs to be configured. If you intend getting solutions for each problem here then it is going to take a long time to get a system operational.
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Scroll Button not working.
edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and the Section "input device" add the line;

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

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The Login screen cannot be changed. The default looks aweful.
Which login gnome or kde?

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Moreover, please tell me how do I add software from the CDs? I am testing Debian these days, and just wanna stick with the Stable software. So, please tell me how do I add more CDs to the apt-sources and how do I install software.
I refer you to the apt documentation which covers this.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 12:33 PM   #6
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This is not ideal if you are going to use Debian. Debian requires a lot of learning because a lot needs to be configured. If you intend getting solutions for each problem here then it is going to take a long time to get a system operational.
Yes man, I know that!

I think I was overexcited to get the Debian system working today!
I know it requires learning, I have a lot of documentation ready to read, (bookmarked a lot of sites).


Thanks for the replies. For the problems mentioned there, all of them have been fixed.

Except this one:

Regarding the graphical login, I don't remember (I think it is /etc/rc.d/)what file to edit, to change the Startx preference.

Please tell me.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 04:18 PM   #7
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Regarding the graphical login, I don't remember (I think it is /etc/rc.d/)what file to edit, to change the Startx preference.
Which desktop manager are you using?

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Old 10-19-2005, 09:00 PM   #8
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Graphical login?
If it's the display manager, look in /etc/X11/default-display-manager
I have gdm inside, you can have kdm, xdm
and then you can launch gdmsetup, some are really nice!
 
Old 10-19-2005, 10:36 PM   #9
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Thanks. I will try that.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 07:50 AM   #10
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If it's the display manager, look in /etc/X11/default-display-manager

Wow! That was easy.

Debian is quite different from Slackware.
Slackware wants me to edit some other files for getting work done.

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Old 10-20-2005, 09:06 AM   #11
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I don't know what is happening here....

>If it's the display manager, look in /etc/X11/default-display-manager

I changed it to KDM, and the Graphical Screen won't start.
It says the default login manager is not GNOME. and halts at command line.




>> edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and the Section "input device" add the line;

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"



-- That option was already present in the XF86Config file.
I don't understand why doesn't the scroll wheel doesn't work yet !?!
 
Old 10-20-2005, 09:15 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by duffmckagan
I don't know what is happening here....

>If it's the display manager, look in /etc/X11/default-display-manager

I changed it to KDM, and the Graphical Screen won't start.
It says the default login manager is not GNOME. and halts at command line.

Do you have kdm installed? I'm not sure its part of the standard release.

$apt-cache policy kdm
 
Old 10-20-2005, 09:32 AM   #13
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OK. It wasn't installed. Installing it now.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 09:49 AM   #14
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Note that when you install kdm, using "apt-get install kdm", it will ask you whether you want it to be your default login manager. Just answer "yes", and you're set to go!

The default login manager in a Debian 3.1 install is gdm, and I think it looks less ugly than kdm. But both are configurable and themable, if you care for it.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 11:00 AM   #15
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Note that when you install kdm, using "apt-get install kdm", it will ask you whether you want it to be your default login manager. Just answer "yes", and you're set to go!

The default login manager in a Debian 3.1 install is gdm, and I think it looks less ugly than kdm. But both are configurable and themable, if you care for it.


Yes. I know this. It is all just the basic stuff.

Hey two problems. (1 New.)

1. Keyboard doesn't work on the newly installed KDM!!!

2. Scroll wheel ain't working yet!
 
  


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