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Old 03-15-2004, 11:20 AM   #1
joolzzz
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Woody Debian 3.0 r2 newbie question


Hi,

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.



Thanks

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Old 03-15-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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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.


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Old 03-15-2004, 12:46 PM   #3
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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.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 01:22 PM   #4
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do you even have the xserver yet?

if not.. 'apt-get install x-window-server'

( you'll also need a Window Manager)

then run xf86config

then startx

if you already have x installed and config'd then please ignore this post.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 03:16 AM   #5
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Setting up the GUI

Hi,

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

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Old 03-16-2004, 03:36 AM   #6
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You want kde - apt-get install kde if you want the more recent version then add the following line your /etc/apt/sources.list;

deb http://download.kde.org/stable/3.1.4/Debian stable main

then do apt-get update

then do apt-get install arts kdelibs kdebase kdegraphics kdeadmin

when these have been installed do apt-get install kdemultimedia kdepim kdenetwork

do startx and you should have something similar to knoppix.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 03:51 AM   #7
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INstalling GUI

Hi,

Thanks for you help,

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

ARTS
KDEMULTIMEDIA

bits.. and 'startx' still looks the same

Thanks for your help

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Old 03-16-2004, 03:55 AM   #8
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typo error - should be /etc/apt/sources.list and the packages must be lower case

Last edited by TigerOC; 03-16-2004 at 03:57 AM.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 04:05 AM   #9
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if you are very new you are going to have a problem editing the /etc/apt/sources.list so I am going to explain it step by step;

1. do su and it will ask for your password then do cd /etc/apt

2. ls (you should see the file sources.list)

3. vi sources.list

4. using your arrow keys go down to the bottom

5. press i (for insert)

6. type the line; deb http://download.kde.org/stable/3.1.4/Debian stable main

7. press Esc (once)

8. type :wq! (this will save the file and quit vi)

9. apt-get update and follow what I posted above.
 
Old 03-16-2004, 04:49 AM   #10
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Hi,

Thanks, I have updated the sources.list file and have typed apt-get update but get an error..

the method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/HTTP could not be found.
Tried to dequeue a fething object

I am running a PCMCIA network card and as I am just learning am not certain if I have set it up correctly or how to setup the IP settings if that is the problem..

What am I doing wrong???..


Thanks

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Old 03-16-2004, 05:57 AM   #11
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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.

Last edited by TigerOC; 03-16-2004 at 06:00 AM.
 
  


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