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Old 02-10-2006, 01:00 PM   #16
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Well, good luck. Let me know if there's anything else I can try to help with... I'm a relative Gnubie, but can't resist a good challenge....
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:13 PM   #17
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I am at cli, is there any way I can view the error report from when x fails to start?

It locks up once again.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:23 PM   #18
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did you look in /var/log? There should be something for xfree86 or xorg that maybe will give you more information.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:25 PM   #19
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did you look in /var/log? There should be something for xfree86 or xorg that maybe will give you more information.

Well this is seriously embarassing, but I dont know how to look in /var/log. I type /var/log and all it says is "var log is a directory".
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #20
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Code:
ls /var/log
might be in the file X0.log
or something... open it with an editor or just paste it to the command line.. nano /var/log/X0.log , or, cat /var/log/X0.log
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:39 PM   #21
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cd /var/log (to change directory there)
ls (to list the contects) there may be lots of stuff listed.
Then use "less xfree86.error" or whatever the error log is called to read the file. Use page up/page down or the arrow keys. Use "q" to quit. The error should be near the end of the file.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 01:47 PM   #22
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Okay, basics of the CLI:

cd -- change directory (cd /var/log)
ls -- list contents which will help you find what file you're looking for (ls)
more -- view a file (more /var/log/XFree86.0.log in Sarge or more /var/log/xorg.0.log in Etch/Sid)

From that log you should find some errors that will help you out. Be sure to see if there's any other error logs that might be interesting like XFree86.error or things like that. I'm not in front of my machine to see what logs are generated by x...

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Old 02-10-2006, 01:59 PM   #23
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I think my mouse is causing this... Will a mouse cause the whole thing to crash?
 
Old 02-10-2006, 03:14 PM   #24
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Maybe, what kind of mouse are you using and what did you pick when you did dpkg-reconfigure?
 
Old 02-10-2006, 03:54 PM   #25
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Mouse could definitely cause it... wrong device, wrong driver, a great many things... and I've run into a lot of them myself... as pljvaldez asked, let us know what kind of mouse (PS2 or USB, in particular), and why dont you do
Code:
cat /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 | less
We need to know what's in that file -- if you're fairly certain it's the mouse, only type out that section for now, unless you have network access on the broken machine and know how to use the terminal to upload your file verbatim.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:50 PM   #26
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Mouse could definitely cause it... wrong device, wrong driver, a great many things... and I've run into a lot of them myself... as pljvaldez asked, let us know what kind of mouse (PS2 or USB, in particular), and why dont you do
Code:
cat /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 | less
We need to know what's in that file -- if you're fairly certain it's the mouse, only type out that section for now, unless you have network access on the broken machine and know how to use the terminal to upload your file verbatim.

Good news, I switched the mouse setting and now x loads up, only the mouse doesnt work. I have a ps2 mouse and I am going to try to change the setting again. The mouse is a two button mouse with a scroll wheel, just a generic. I think it might have even come with this PB sys.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:55 PM   #27
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Even better news, I got the right mouse and I have the system up and running.

Now for this server stuff, this is great.

I cant thank you guys enough for the help. Who knows maybe someday I will be a contributor and not a newb.
 
Old 02-10-2006, 07:59 PM   #28
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There's a lot of good tutorials how to setup debian servers of all types. Just google for "debian server setup" and you should get a few good ones. If it doesn't have to be secured, http://www.aboutdebian.com/ is a good learning tutorial.
 
  


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