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Old 08-21-2005, 08:35 PM   #1
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Debian startx Fatal Error : Failed to initialize core devices

Please... help me T_T

I have spent the last 32 hours trying to install Debian successfully. Yes... I did sleep for about 7 horus... but still!

The problem I have yet to overcome is a fatal error when trying to "startx"

It says something about my mouse not being detected, and displays weird lines in purple and green and yellow and red at the top of my screen. Due to the latter, I assumed it was a display settings issue, and used "xf86config" several times trying to find the right numbers. Somewhere it said somethign about my PCG-FRV26 having 1024x768 60Hz... Trusting that... and it's not working.

I'm at my witt's end and have yet to successfully boot ANY x-windows session. Any help is greatly appreciated. This is the second forum I've posted on, and about the 10000000000th that I've visited.

Thanks in advance,
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Without providing the actual error messages, the contents of your /var/log/XFree86.0.log, and /etc/X11/XF86Config4 file, it would be difficult to provide a working answer. Most X problems from a default set-up are generally due to the following:

1. Improperly configured X in the initial config session.
Run 'dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86' and be sure of the input.

2. Bad monitor settings in the XF86Config4 file.
Check your manufactuer's specs on the monitor.
Use only those numbers when configuring X.

3. Bad mouse settings in the XF86Config4 file.
During the xserver-reconfig be sure you properly identify your mouse.
Old 08-21-2005, 10:42 PM   #3
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I eventually found someone who said to do modprobe mousedev

that, in combination with your dpkg, fixed the problem



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