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Old 09-16-2004, 08:26 AM   #1
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GUI trouble


I´m using debian sarge /w 2.6.7 kernel. I want to get a GUI to work. I've done apt-get install gnome and downloaded the entire 187 mn and upgraded it, but i cant get it to work. I try startx gnome and it gives me a few lines of starting it but then it just says file not found, i've also gotten kdebase and kdm but it doesnt work. Any advice on what to do? Im a real newbie so please give detailed instructions. All i really want to do is run mozilla firefox. If there is another way to get it to work (im sure there is) could i also get how to do that?

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Old 09-16-2004, 08:49 AM   #2
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The most basic part of a GUI is the X server. You can test if this is working by running the command
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X -logverbose 5
If if it's working correctly, you will get a grey screen with an X-shaped mouse cursor displayed in the centre. To get rid of this, simply press Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

If you get “X: no such file or directory” instead then you need to install XFree86 or Xorg and configure it for your graphics hardware (see the various X-Windows howtos on www.tldp.org)

If you get any other message, or anything goes wrong, then there should be error messages in the file /var/log/XFree86.0.log (or XOrg.0.log for XOrg I guess).

If you're only using one application, then KDE or GNOME is probably overkill. Try a lightweight window manager like WindowMaker or (my personal favorite) Afterstep. They will start much faster, eat fewer resources, and clutter your desktop less, at the cost of a less user-friendly configuration.

Hope that helps,

—Robert J. Lee
 
Old 09-16-2004, 08:54 AM   #3
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so to get afterstep should i just do
apt-get install afterstep ?

thanks for the advice, i have to go return bad ram and then ill get to doing the testing. I suppose your thing works with a USB mouse right? If not i can just hook up the usb to ps2 adaptor. thanks man!!!
 
Old 09-16-2004, 09:39 AM   #4
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X windows will work with a USB mouse, yes. But you will need to configure it.

Afterstep, Gnome, KDE, WindowMaker etc. all run ontop of X; you need to get XFree86 or XOrg installed and working first.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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Ya, i think ill just stick to GNOME, right now i just want mozilla to work badly, so i can set up my mail, etc... but later on i wanna hook up foobar2000, dev-c++ and blender (among others), if you have any advice on setup for these programs or something id be happy. gonna try it right now (with my bad ram still, so it might fuck up).
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:28 PM   #6
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You said you wanted to run Mozilla Firefox, and set up email on it. Please note that Firefox is only a web browser; you want Mozilla itself if you need email support. Or a different email client, such as KMail.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:42 PM   #7
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nah thunderbird :P same difference as firefox...

well i tried the:

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X -logverbose 5
command and it just said that the file is not found, though i managed to run xf86config, so its set up but i still cant get the damn gui to work, so you got any other advice? dunno, i really want to get this working...
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:47 PM   #8
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If it can't find the X executable, but it is installed, then it probably isn't in the path. Do you have a file called /usr/X11R6/bin/X?
Also, does this command list the /usr/X11R6/bin directory:
Code:
echo $PATH
If not, you'll probably need to do
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export PATH=$PATH:/usr/X11R6/bin
You may want to add that to your .bashrc file in your home directory
 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:08 PM   #9
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Try apt-get install x-window-system, that should do it.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 01:30 PM   #10
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thanks comprookie2000, that worked
 
Old 09-21-2004, 04:13 PM   #11
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Your Welcome,A blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while!

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