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This is probably a silly question but I am new to Linux and I am jst learning the basics. I have just instlled a freash copy of Debian using a very good tutorial and have been playing around with the command line tools, but I can not find anywhere how I get the GUI running to have a play. I know this is probably a simple thing to do but I cannot find any reference to how this is done. A beginners guide to this would be great.
To launch the graphical interface, XFree86, you should type startx. You may have to set up your XFree86 configuration file (/etc/X11/XF86Config-4) first. If you have XFree86 installed already you should have answered a couple of questions about your video and input hardware. If you don't have it installed not you need to install the xserver-xfree86 and xfree86-common packages and a set of related ones. I believe there is a metapackage to easily install a functional (but pretty minimal) X desktop.
listen while configuring ur x-window give the perfect vertical and horizontal synchronisation perpectly will be given in ur monitor manual.ok then go type startx enjoy.if still it doesn't work.you have to ractify the error by urself.take the source of debian 3.0 conpile the xfree86 .install it again
for these information you go to any linux help site.do it if it doesnt work
then there are no sufficient drivers for ur video card.download a newer
driver for ur videocard.type lspci see if it has detected ur mother board
and video card correctly.
Thanks for your input but you all are going a bit fast for me, I have typed xserver and get a very basic gui windows but not much else. When installing the debian software I did setup my video card and res but I dont know if I installed any GUI bits. What I am looking for is something like knopix gui which may be knome??.. As a novice can I find if I have install it or if not is there or can you show me a tutorial on how to get going with linux and GUI's
I am still having problems following your help, first I cannot find a directory called /ect/apt/sources.list using ls command??. and when I type the apt-get commands you supplied I get 'error cannot find file' on the
Before going any further tell us what kernel you are using;
as root do uname -r
if you are using 2.2.x which is the default install then I would suggest doing a re-install using the option bf24 on the 1st install screen. If you have already installed the 2.4.18 kernel you need to know whether the pcmcia card is working by doing cat /var/log/syslog | more and going down the file to see if the card is recognised.
Also tell us how you are connected to a network and the internet options available.