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Old 04-05-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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how to start Xwindows after Debian install?


Hello! Last evening I tried Debian on my / partition. I used the CD that is designed to fetch packages from a mirror. Everything went well, and I logged in to a root account. I was unable to see how to start KDE or Xwindows. All I could figure out was that typing "X" gave me a grey screen with a moving mouse. The problem wasn't that it couldn't find a screen; indeed at first it couldn't but I copied xorg.conf (which I keep a copy of on the /home partition); then it couldn't find my touchpad so I hot-plugged in a Kensington mouse. From there I got the half-tone grey screen. I could move the cursor with the mouse, and with the touchpad. But nothing else happened. What should I have done? As far as I know I included a full complement of packages in the installation routine.

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Old 04-05-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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After configuring X with "xorgconfig" you might try "startx" you may also need to make a ~/.xinitrc file -- I'm not very debian savvy.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 03:40 PM   #3
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Did you install Sarge (Stable) or Etch (Testing)? 64-bit or 32-bit? Did you specifically ask, during the setup, for a 'desktop' task installation?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 04:49 PM   #4
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It may be worth noting that in my case, X did not work until I compiled/used version 2.6 of the kernel.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 09:42 PM   #5
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I used Sarge. I guess 32-bit. "startx" was not found as a command. I'll try xorgconfig to see if that makes anything possible. I'm trying Debian again tonight. But what is the command to type to actually start X with a desktop, such as gnome?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 09:55 PM   #6
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The packages all say i386 so I would guess 32-bit, to answer that question.

It just asked me for my video bus identifier, which I took to mean the 0000:... location given by lspci. But before I could type it in I hit an erroneous key and the screen was destroyed, there was no way to go back, and I didn't think to try ctrl-l which sometimes redraws the screen. Where is my incomplete and incorrect information lodged, and should I track it down?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 09:57 PM   #7
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If you installed Sarge, you probably don't have Xorg

Try dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Then, at the prompt, try 'gdm'; if that doesn't work, try 'xdm' ... Tell us what happens.
 
Old 04-06-2006, 01:55 AM   #8
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Thanks for your advice. The story tonight is: I installed, and the system seemed to know about "gdm". I saw some package info go by, and it loaded it on boot. I did some searching and found some evidence that this might be the command to try. I took a copy of xorg.conf from my other partition and dropped it into /etc/X11/ (if memory serves) so X cound find a screen. Unfortunately it seemed not to be quite the right thing to do although it works on Slackware, because it then couldn't quite load, but it couldn't unload either: I got a persistent screen asking me if I wanted failure information. It was impossible to accept it or dismiss it. I tried putting a rescue liveCD in to remove the file but I couldn't figure out where it was mounted or how to mount it so I reinstalled Slackware. But if you want to give me some instructions I might try Debian again.

The basic problem I'm having is that my Slackware is without sound. And, almost any recompiling of the kernel results in loss of the Internet. So I was wondering if Debian might give me both sound and Internet out-of-the-box.

I think xdm also gave a null result. Perhaps I can get some more sample xorg.conf files from live CDs that boot successfully (this is how I get Xwindows to work with Slackware--I took the xorg.conf from Slax). But in the end it just becomes another wild goose chase. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't. Minimum experimentation time, 5 hours. Also I put the iso's 1-7 on CD but they didn't work. All but #5 indexed properly on Debian install but then it couldn't read them so I ended up using HTTP again.

My goal: working linux with graphical environment (preferably KDE because dcop looks promising) with sound and with Internet, and without kernel recompiling always being a risk of Internet loss.
 
Old 04-06-2006, 07:54 AM   #9
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I took a copy of xorg.conf from my other partition and dropped it into /etc/X11/...
I still think this is a significant part of your problem. Sarge knows nothing about Xorg. If you want to try it again, install the testing version (Etch). Get your netinstal .iso here.
 
Old 04-06-2006, 06:35 PM   #10
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Thanks for your advice. I'll take that into account if I try Debian again. For now I'm giving Kubuntu a try.
 
Old 04-06-2006, 10:13 PM   #11
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hey man,
i JUST had the same problem that ur having, and figured it out:
so heres wut u do, with debian:

apt-get x-window-system kde kdm
then u download alllll those packages (could take a while.. well over 200MB)

once its done, if it doesnt start automatically, type:
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86, and follow the instructions.

this is all based on the assumption that ur internet IS working.
personally, i overwrote xdm and chose kdm on the configuration, and its worked just fine for me.

all u have to do once uve done all of that is restart ur computer and it will jump straight into Xwindows


best of luck
P.S. not sure if its x-windows-system or x-window-system that u have to apt-get...
 
Old 04-06-2006, 11:44 PM   #12
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Thanks Hawk! I'm trying kubuntu at the moment, which I believe is based on Debian, so I'll see how that goes. So far the only oddity is something about the use of sudo. But it is possible to give root a password and use root in the more typical unix fashion. So that's what I've done.
 
  


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