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Have you set up the X server? If not run xf86config. Then as root start x by starting your display manager (xdm, kdm, gdm) by typing "/etc/init.d/kdm start" as root. Then you should see a graphical login screen, from there log in as your normal user.
What options did you choose when you installed Debian? If you haven't actually done any work it might be easier to start over at this point. I've found that when installing Debian I only pick the "X Windows" and "C/C++ Development" files at the tasksel screen. Then I skip the dselect part.
This gives you a good base system to build on top of.
Starting over is just a suggestion, more a matter of opinion. I think it's easier to start with almost nothing and add what I need a as I need it. I don't like having all the extra things if I'm not going to use them.
I think you should grab the package called aptitude and use that to clean up the system "apt-get install aptitude" or just start over from scratch. Don't run base-config