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Old 01-16-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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no graphical interface on ubuntu


I have installed ubuntu version 5.10 on my HP computer, which is about 3 to 4 years old now.

I followed all the instructions and I partitioned the hard drive. For some reason, when I boot up ubuntu all I get is a textual login. I log in, and I get my command line. Aren't I supposed to get some graphical interface instead?


How do I get the graphical interface to work?


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RADEON 9200 SE Family (ATI graphics card)
OS: Windows XP (originally Windows ME)

I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Linux and I'm a total newbie. I'm frustrated and I need help.
If I need to supply any more info please let me know.
 
Old 01-16-2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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First try startx. If that boots up a graphical interface, then you'll just have to change some settings in a configuration file. If not, then you'll need to install a graphical interface.
 
Old 01-17-2006, 12:15 AM   #3
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There can be a lot of reasons why X Windows won't start, so it is hard to know what the problem is. What error messages do you get when you give the startx command?

A bad setting in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file can stop X Windows--usually Linux will tell you something that can give you a clue about what is wrong. If there is no problem with the configuration file, it might be the fact that you need to download and install the latest ATI radeon drivers. I think that the drivers that come with Ubuntu 5.10, should be able to handle your Radeon 9200. If you go to ubuntuforums.org and do a search for fglrx and mlomker, you can find instructions on how to install it.

Also, see if there is a local Linux User group in your area, and take your computer to the next meeting:

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Old 01-19-2006, 11:49 AM   #4
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Ok, I reinstalled ubuntu on one of my computers, but now it just gives me a blank screen with a small white dash in the upper left corner of the screen when I start ubuntu up. I think it may have something to do with the computer, but I have no idea what.

I tried installing it on my other computer (a DELL), and that one just gives me an Error 21 when it's trying to install the GRUB packages after the restart. I installed ubuntu on an external hard drive connected by a USB drive, and now i have no idea what to do.

now it looks like i won't be able to even type startx...
 
Old 01-20-2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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I don't know what error 21 means. On your first computer, do you immediately see this blank screen, or do you get past the GRUB bootup screen? Do you go through the whole loadup process? How are you installing this on your harddrive? Is this a dual boot setup with linux on one partition and windows on another?

Installing on a USB external harddrive probably requires some special magic to work. I know that people have booted off USB flash memory drives, so it is probably possible with some fiddling, but it won't work out of the box. If you have access to a fast internet connection, I would recommend downloading Knoppix and burning it on a CD--see: http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=knoppix

Knoppix is a "Live CD" Linux which runs off the CD and doesn't install anything on your harddrive. Because it doesn't use your harddrive, we can eliminate that and see if the problem is something else.

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Old 01-26-2006, 08:14 AM   #6
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thanks anyway

Thanks for the help but it looks like it won't do. I tried uninstalling it but it damaged the hard drive and I had to reformat it and now everything's gone. Ubuntu is now installed on my computer without a problem...

Although if someone could give me a few good suggestions about "GRUB Geom error" that would be nice. My drive was just fine until I installed GRUB on it...
 
Old 01-31-2006, 12:11 PM   #7
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GRUB Geom error means that GRUB had trouble reading the geometry, or the specs for your harddrive (The number of cylinders, sectors, etc) In some BIOSs, you can actually change this information. Check the manufacturer website to find this information for your harddrive and see if it matches watch your BIOS tells you about your harddrive.

What program did you use to reformat the harddrive? Did you use the partitioner that is part of the ubuntu installation program?
 
Old 01-31-2006, 05:43 PM   #8
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ok nevermind i fixed it, thanks ^_^
 
  


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