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I just installed debian and its my first time using linux. When I log on its just a black screen, not pritty at all? How can I change this so that it will look noice, you know... with windows and stuff??
I do have a CD with debian on but im not sure what to install from it and HOW to install anything at all...
Debian hem It has been a long time... Let's see if I'm still sharp. After installing Debian and going to the command line, you've to first type:
You will now answer a bunch of questions, answer then the best you can . If it fails, try:
see if it helps. It's good to know very well all your hardware, specially monitor and video card when running it.
At the end of either of the above configurations, debian will write a XF86Config file at /etc/X11. Try now typing startx and see if it starts. If it fails, you will have to go back to xf86config and XF86Setup until your hardware is 100% well configured .
Debian is tough mate, but it's great . Even Slackware should be much, much easier to setup then Debian... Another alternative, if you really wish to run Debian is Libranet 2.7 Classic Free Edition. It's 100% Debian, but does all the dirty job for you
Edit: More links:
You will need to make a sources.list file to get apt-get working. Then you can use it to install XFree86 (see the osnews guide), then you can run 'startx' or use the configuration tools suggested earlier: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/debia...k/appc_05.html
Hmmmm... maybe you have to try reinstalling it . Or, boot debian, when you are at the command line, try:
apt-get install xfree
With Debian disk on the drive. Let's hope that you have enabled Debian's APT to check the CD during install . If nothing happens, go into
and edit the file called source.list or something like that. See if there's a line there commented out (with a hash # symbol) related to the cd-rom. If so is the case, comment that line out (remove the # symbol at the beginning of the line). Save the file and run again:
apt-get install xfree
Note: this is a wild guess... I'm not sure if xfree could be installed like that.. but that's what I would try to do
Last edited by Mega Man X; 03-05-2004 at 03:37 PM.
You don't have the xfree86 server installed so no graphical display. login as root and type this:
apt-get install kde
This will get you started with a basic KDE install and you can go from there.
Honestly though, Debian might be a little daunting if you're completely new to Linux. I love it but it does take some underlying understanding of internal systems to administer correctly.