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Old 07-06-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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can't start GUI on ubuntu 7.04 server


Hi,
i just finished installing ubuntu 7.04 server but i can't start GUI. have tried startx, apt-get install ubuntu-desktop but non seems to work. what do i do now?
 
Old 07-06-2007, 01:27 PM   #2
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The short answer is that Ubuntu Server does not come with a GUI. However you did try to install one with ubuntu-desktop.

Is is possible that you forgot to "sudo"? try sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop . Also I think you can also install kde-desktop or gdm-desktop to get the GUI without the additional K/Ubuntu packages.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 05:37 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by uwa45
Hi,
i just finished installing ubuntu 7.04 server but i can't start GUI. have tried startx, apt-get install ubuntu-desktop but non seems to work. what do i do now?
When you ran apt-get install ubuntu-desktop, did it actually download and install anything?

What error are you getting when you do startx?
 
Old 07-07-2007, 01:14 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bcmiller
The short answer is that Ubuntu Server does not come with a GUI. However you did try to install one with ubuntu-desktop.

Is is possible that you forgot to "sudo"? try sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop . Also I think you can also install kde-desktop or gdm-desktop to get the GUI without the additional K/Ubuntu packages.
i agree with him about the soudo
 
Old 07-09-2007, 03:01 PM   #5
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i actually sudo but i got an error msg.when i did sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop or apt-get install ubuntu-desktop, i got the following
Reading package list.......done
building dependency tree
reading state information ....done
initializing package state....done
building tag database.........done

bla bla bla
then comes the error ''couldn't find any package whose name or description matched ''ubuntu-desktop'' or whatever desktop am trying to insatll.
even when i load in the original installation cd.
so what can be done??
 
Old 07-09-2007, 03:33 PM   #6
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What exactly is the error scenario? When you boot, do you reach directly the command prompt?

Am asking because I just fixed also on problem with X11:

I have an Radeon 1950Pro based graphic adapter, which made the installer choose the 'ati' server for X11. But this seems to be a bad choice, which basically results in a black screen! So i switched back to 'vesa' (using dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg) and now everything is working (I just need to get the real ATI driver installed, but that one from the repository also does not work, not recent enough :-) )
 
Old 07-13-2007, 01:38 AM   #7
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Given that he mentioned using the terminal, I assume he does in fact get to it, and is not stuck in the boot process.

It's clear you're getting into apt-get/aptitude correctly, but it's definitely strange that it can't get that package for you. There are a few reasons this could be the case:
- Do you have internet connectivity on that machine at present?
- Did you ensure the package name was typed correctly? Try typing "ubuntu-desk" and hitting tab - it should auto complete. That ensures you got the proper package name. In all honesty, I don't think this is the issue, but who knows...
- Check your sources.lst file. Make sure that you have the current Ubuntu repositories listed in it. You can also list your install CD as a package source, enabling you to install packages on it without an internet connection.

Best of luck!
 
Old 08-01-2007, 12:22 AM   #8
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Have you typed "sudo apt-get update"?

The same thing happened to me when trying to install xubuntu-desktop on my Ubuntu Server edition.
 
  


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