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Old 06-17-2004, 01:04 PM   #1
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Debian Help (startx related)

I finished installing Debian and when I go to boot it, it brings me straight to the terminal. So I logged in and ran startx but it brings me back to the terminal again. It gave me a message saying that:
(EE) No devices detected

Fatal server error:
No screens found
Why is this? I told it to install the ATI drivers for my RADEON 9600 but i noticed that in the list of devices that it was checking for, only the RAGE cards were there. What can I do to fix this? Thanks.
Old 06-17-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
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Okay, I think I need to update my version of XFree86 but I'm not sure how to do it through the Terminal. Can someone help me?
Old 06-17-2004, 06:27 PM   #3
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First you need to make sure you've got a working network connection. Does the "ifconfig" command (executed as root) give any output for eth0? Are there any received network packets reported?

If this seems to be OK, you need to set up /etc/apt/sources.list (the "apt-setup" command, executed as root, should do the trick).

Next, you'll want to update the APT cache and to upgrade your installed packages with "apt-get update" and "apt-get upgrade" commands (executed as root).

Next, do (as root) "aptitude --with-recommends install x-window-system kde". (Notice that I assume here that you want to install KDE. You might prefer a simple window manager, such as Fluxbox.)

Next, do (as normal user) "nano .xinitrc" and add a line that says:

exec startkde

Then close nano saving changes. Next, you should be able to start KDE just by typing "startx" on the command line and pressing Enter. Rebooting the computer should give you the KDM login screen.

During the installation Debian will ask you several questions about your hardware and it will save the X configuration file as /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. If you encounter problems when trying to start X, you can try to edit this file using a text editor, such as nano. Another method to modify the XF86Config-4 file is to run (as root) "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" from the command line.

After this you can install any other applications that you want. You might want to install Synaptic ("apt-get install synaptic"), which is a graphical frontend for apt-get.
Old 06-18-2004, 04:07 AM   #4
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Even if you donīt have x working, you can still do many things. For example, you can browse google etc with links (apt-get install links) and come to irc and ask for help (apt-get install irssi-text). ATI cards have a reputation of not being very good for linux, so you propably have to tweak something. The newest ati driver should support your card iirc.


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