Black Screen after running 'xstart' on Debian install
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I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "... the actual drive it's self?" I think the answer is yes.
The background... I loaded Debian 4.0r3 (Multi Arch) on an AMD Athlon. The install kept getting hung on the part where you load the extra packages (Print Driver, GUI, etc...) so I unchecked all to get the basic system loaded and operational.
I then when online and found a KDE install and downloaded it. Before running the environment the instructions said to run "startx". From that point on my display doesn't work.
So to get a look at the log file I booted from a Rescue CD and 'thought' I cd'd to the /var/log dir.
So I guess the question is: Was I looking at the CD directory structure or the Drive structure???
By the way, thanks loads for the help. I'm thinking, that while it may be academically interesting to solve this problem, it may be easier to just reinstall...
Nah, thats coward talk, you may as well learn this now, you may not have an X issue again, but troubleshooting is always a skill to have.
When booting a rescue disk, the root filesystem you see is the one of the rescue disk; you need to mount your actual disk and navigate through that.
The bottom few lines (tail -20 or so) of the X log file should give a good reason for the fail, it may be you just need to reconfigure X, it may be that even removing the config file and allowing X to start a new one helps.