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I'm trying to install Ubuntu 8.10 on my sister's desktop (a dell dimension 2400). The install CD was great, no hitches; I let it keep XP and partitioned off another half of the disk for U. It boots up fine, and gives the nice graphical login screen. However, after you type the username/password, it changes to a plain orange background, nothing else...there's a few seconds of disk activity...then it hangs.
I've used linux quite a bit but I'm not very good at diagnosing this kind of stuff. I booted the recovery mode and dropped to the root shell, and tried to look around the logs, but I'm not sure where to look. In /var/log/gdm, there's logfiles named ":0.log", which appear to be X server log files...the meat of them contains 3 lines saying
AUDIT: Tue Dec 23 12:00:46 2008: 4798 X: client 4 rejected from local host (uid=0 gid=0 pid=4972)
AUDIT: Tue Dec 23 12:00:46 2008: 4798 X: client 4 rejected from local host (uid=1000 gid=0 pid=5040)
AUDIT: Tue Dec 23 12:00:46 2008: 4798 X: client 4 rejected from local host (uid=1000 gid=1000 pid=5041)
Under /var/log, the Xorg.0.log file doesn't have any Errors (EE), but does have the following warnings:
The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist.
Other than that, I'm not quite sure where to look...none of the other log files seem to have anything to do with X. There's mention of a bunch of problems in "main.c" for pulseaudio...
In /etc/X11, xorg.conf just has "Configured Video Device", "Configured Monitor", etc under the sections "Device", "Monitor", and "Screen".
XP tells me the system has a Pentium 4 2.5Ghz, 768MB of RAM, an Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV graphics controller...
Yeah, I had joined way long ago for I-don't-know-what-reason but recently I've been coming back and lurking a bit.
I'd already tried killing X but it didn't work...perhaps I should try before it gets to the point where it hangs? I know that when I boot into recovery mode and run startx I get stuck on a screenfull of some highly stretched pattern, like it's not getting the monitor size right or something.
In /var/log, there are three Xorg.0.log.* files (at least in Kubuntu 8.04). The first one (Xorg.0.log) is the current and Xorg.0.log.old is the one from the previous session. That second one is what you want to view.
What I would suggest, is to try an boot until you get the "orange screen" and it doesn't go any further. Power off, nothing else, just press and hold the power button 'til it shuts down. Then boot and as soon as the Grub prompt appears hit the "Esc" key to go into the boot option menu and select the "recovery" kernel. That should bring you to the command line in root level. Go to the /var/log directory and enter
. The "tail" command will display the last 10 lines of the file, and should show where X stopped working.
I've had to do this from time to time usually when I screwed up some line in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. This is not ot say that you have done that, but perhaps the install didn't build it right.
(II) intel(0): EDID vendor "DEL", prod id 16404
[mi] EQ overflowing. The server is probably stuck in an infinite loop.
[mi] mieqEnequeue: out-of-order valuator event; dropping.
and it repeats the [mi] lines a few dozen times.
- Changing the session to "failsafe" has the same effect, except that the background becomes black before it hangs.
- When it hangs, the mouse pointer is still visible and moves, but the keyboard doesn't do anything (ctrl-alt-bksp or ctrl-alt-del).
I found out that it was probably caused by a bug with X...some googling found me a bug report with a long list of people having the same issue. Long story short, I had an old graphics card laying around and after sticking that in the machine, it works fine now.
I had an old graphics card laying around and after sticking that in the machine, it works fine now.
For those of us who do not have the luxury of videocards laying about (I do, but I didn’t feel like messing with internals at this time), the software solution, about which I’ve been told at #ubuntu IRC and found on Ubuntu Forums, is to go into X Terminal session from login screen and run these two commands that remove compiz (all the bling visual effects of the interface):
It is a driver bug though, cause that said bling worked fine with 8.04, but Intel updated linux drivers and the older cards, such as the one in question, do not work with those effects, although they are obviously capable.