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Then find 'Section "Monitor"' and 'Section "Device"'. Compare the values in "Monitor" section (lines with 'HorizSync' and 'VertRefresh') with your monitor's tech specification (in the manual). If they're different, quit this mode (press 'q') and open the file in any editor (example: joe /etc/X11/XF86Config) and change them to the correct values for your monitor.
Save the file and try to 'startx' again.
If it fail, edit the file once again and look into "Device". What do you have in the "Driver" line?