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Old 01-31-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Hi, I have installed debian 3.1r4 Sarge on my computer, however, i had some problems configuring the video. i have installed xfree86, gnome, and gdm. I dont really understand what the configuration menus are doing. the first time I installed i couldnt select 1024x768 as a resolution, and no matter what i did with dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 the problem remained, i finally started messing with the XF86Config-4 file, but that just broke my xserver.
my hardware is an old Compaq motherboard, with a duron 900, 128mb pc133 and an old TNT 2 - M64 32mb. Now what i think is happening is that my Xserver is trying to run my TNT 2 in 32bit colour even though when prompted i selected 16bit as opposed to 24(32bit?), which as i recall from using this thing for gaming back in teh day was a big no-no, and generated the same type of distortion (its actually a bunch of pink dots everywhere). I also get some random lock-ups in gnome. when i was prompted in the configuration of XFree86 i selected the driver nv for my video hardware, should i have selected auto? and how do i make changes now without breaking my system? should i try a different xserver? please help, i am new to linux and if i read another manual in nano that doesnt explain anything helpful to me im gonna lose my mind.

I have started a reinstall of debian, AGAIN.. this time i am going to try another xserver if i can.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:21 AM   #2
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Given the age of your hardware, Sarge should handle that properly. Oh well, if you want to re-install the lot, do so with Debian Etch. The installer is improved over Sarge, it now recognizes practically every piece of hardware, past and present

Given your hardware, install a lightweight like XFCE as desktop enviroment, DE's as Gnome and KDE are eating up too much resources.

Mind you, re-installing isn't necessary, but for inexperienced and new Linux users by far the fastest and easiest way. Unless you like "being thrown in at the deep end"
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:26 AM   #3
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i cant connect this machine to the internet, so etch is out of teh question. I am stuck with 6 cds from Sarge, it seems to detect everything fine, but it appears as though it is forcing 32bit color. dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 does NOTHING to change that, it doesnt even update the supported resolutions in gnome. gnome runs fine, just has the color issues.
this will be the fourth time i have reinstalled... when i start playing with the config files, i break the system. so i might as well reinstall.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:31 AM   #4
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so im about to try xfce, do i need to install anything else with it?
and then once i do apt-get install xfce4
what do i do to start using it? startx?
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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Debian is smart, apt knows what other packages to install when you order it to install xfce. Use the startx command to fire up a xfce session. You may also try IceWM.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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bah, i tried startxfce4 and got an xwindow error
so now i'm installing xfree86, which i didnt want to do... bah bah bah
reinstall 5 coming up i bet.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:48 AM   #7
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No, the command is just simply "startx", nothing behind that. If that fails (I guess you've tried it already, right?) post the contents of the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. Please remove all lines starting with a hash (this character: #) to make it smaller. Use the code tags when posting that data.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:49 AM   #8
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so as far as debian being smart....
why does nothing work,
startx gives error,
startxfce4 gives error
xfree86 is the only window manager i have gotten to work even abit, and its display is all messed up.
icewm does not work,
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:50 AM   #9
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i removed xfree86 via apt-get
should i reinstall?
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:52 AM   #10
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No, just re-install XFree86.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 10:52 AM   #11
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ok, atm i have removed everything i have installed (xfce4, icewm, xfree86) and now i am reinstalling xfce4.
going to try startx again,
and if fails, check my xf86 config
also reinstalling xfree86...

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Old 01-31-2007, 10:57 AM   #12
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it just failed with an I/O error, and said i should install x-window-system
which i am doing now.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 11:02 AM   #13
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ok, installing x-window-system then running startx WORKS!, but back to square one, i have garbled video, with pink stuff everywhere (looks like its forcing 32bit, even though i told it to run 16bit) and now it is locked up. I thought apt-get was smart, why do ihave to install 3 different things, just to get one program to work. and then it still doesnt work. I also thought sarge was supposed to be stable, wtf.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 01:30 PM   #14
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Post the Xfree config file I asked about earlier.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 12:10 AM   #15
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I think its a hardware problem, i'm getting a lan card for the linux box so i'll get it on the internet. I need to replace the video card, its not working for windows either, same distortion. tried swapping the motherboards too.
 
  


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