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Old 09-24-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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just installed debian, startx fails


When I first booted debian it attempted to load the window manager automatically, but failed, reverting to the shell. When I try to run startx from the shell I get a list of pairs of what appears to be hexidecimal notations separated by colons, followed by:

Code:
Ring end
space: 24 wanted 32

Fatal server error:
lockup

waiting for server to begin accepting connections
giving up.
xinit: Connection reset by peer (errno 104): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
Not sure what to do at this point
 
Old 09-24-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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Not many details to go on, but
a) is it a clean install?
b) have you done a md5sum check on the ISO file downloaded to your hdd before burn?
c) did you burn the ISO at no more than 8X?

Last edited by hilyard; 11-04-2010 at 05:39 PM.
 
Old 09-24-2010, 12:23 PM   #3
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Are you using an intel chipset video-card?

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...lockup-642626/
 
Old 09-24-2010, 12:59 PM   #4
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a) is it a clean install?
How do I determine that it was clean?

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b) have you done a md5sum check on the ISO file downloaded to your hdd before burn?
Not real familiar with md5sum check

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c) did you burn the ISO at no more than 8X?
I think 24X

Is the fact that I prepared the CD in Windows relevant?
 
Old 09-24-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
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Are you using an intel chipset video-card?
I believe it's: integrated Intel 3D Extreme Graphics
 
Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 PM   #6
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If it's not an integrated graphics problem, as Simon Bridge is suggesting, come back and I'll answer those first two questions.









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John14:28, as well.
 
Old 09-25-2010, 02:20 AM   #7
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There has been bugs associated with the "intel" module which can lead to an X server lockup. Read through the link I gave you (last post) and the bug report (this post) -- see if it looks like what is happening to you re the posted logs.

This is quite an old bug as they go, but I'm seeing problems with intel cards again... particularly the newer cheapies.

Find out a more useful description of your gfx chipset in live mode, open a terminal, enter "lspci" and look for the entry about your gfx card. Vendor designations are designed to look exciting.

I understand there have been good results removing the intel package and just using the i810 package alone. People also disable DRI.
 
Old 09-25-2010, 02:31 AM   #8
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How do I determine that it was clean?
You did not "upgrade" from an existing installation.
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Not real familiar with md5sum check
So the answer is "no" md5sum and sha1sum is a hashing method which allows you to check to see if the iso has become corrupted as you downloaded it. You did not perform the check, which means we don't know. You should google for how to do this.
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I think 24X
Rapid burning can lead to subtle corruption in the disk. Never burn a data DVD higher than 8x ... never mind it takes a long time. If you have the patience, you can elect to make a "master" - which burns all the pits twice.
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Is the fact that I prepared the CD in Windows relevant?
Not really. Some windows software can assume you want to DRM or encrypt the data you burn by default, but that would just make the disk unbootable. We usually assume you do not already have linux when you make an install disk. A program like Nero is usually reliable.

Considering the fast burn, there is reasonable suspicion that you may have weird errors on the disc. Remove the suspicion by running the checksum and burning a new disk at a low speed.

I don't really think this is what is wrong, but its good practice.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 03:30 PM   #9
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Well, here are some of my errors:

No layout section. Using the first Screen section.

[xorg.conf: Screen "Default Screen" (0)]

[Monitor "Configured Monitor"]

No device specified for Screen "Default Screen". Using the first device section listed.

[xorg.conf: Device "configured Video Device"

After rebooting I got the window message: "The X server is now disabled. Restart GDM when it is configured correctly.

I would post my xorg.conf file but I can't access my flash drive or otherwise get it to the Internet. It looks like it's generic or not initialized, but I actually have no idea.

Help would be appreciated.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 03:34 PM   #10
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Oh, and yes, it was a clean install.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 03:58 PM   #11
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Also, there are no horiz sync or vertical sync settings in my xorg.conf
 
Old 09-27-2010, 07:45 PM   #12
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Please try removing your /etc/X11/Xorg.conf then try starting gdm as root with:

Code:
invoke-rc.d --force gdm start
The "--force" is needed if there is no /etc/rc2.d/S*gdm link.

Then please post your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and/or any errors reported on the command line.

Evo2.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 08:48 PM   #13
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evo2: I tried running gdm as recommended with the following output on the command line:

Code:
Starting GNOME Display Manager: gdmgdm[4762]:Warning:GDM already running.  Aborting! GDM Already running.  Aborting!  invoke-rc.d:initscript gdm, action "start" failed
This loads three times automatically. The next time I run the command it loads once, then three times, etc.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #14
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Ok, please make sure you have killed gdm and X completely and then try to start it again.

Eg:
Code:
invoke-rc.d gdm stop
Then use ps and grep to look for zombies
Eg.
Code:
ps aux | grep -E 'X|gdm'
And kill relevant remaining processes.

Evo2.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 12:33 PM   #15
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Evo2: still no window manager. Here's the output (at the command line) of "ps aux | grep -E 'X|gdm'":

Code:
root  2733  0.0  0.1 14012  1520 ?    Ss   12:40  0:00 /usr/sbin/gdm
root  3098  0.0  0.1 14012  1516 ?    Ss   12:42  0:00 /usr/sbin/gdm
root  4098  0.0  0.0  3124   756 tty1 S+   13.28  0:00 grep -E X|gdm
Not sure what to do. Ran the stop commands twice more, but the first two processes reappear.
 
  


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