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Old 04-29-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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No GUI log in or gnome on new install debian 6.0.1


This is a new system with Intel 3.2 E5800, Biostar c31m+ MB and Sparkle PCIe2.0 video card with Nvidia Geforce 210 chipset.
As expected I did not have GUI after install, so I did as in the past as follows with other systems with nvidia chipsets.
I inserted "nomodeset" in appropriate place in grub. Installed SMXI with no problems. Installed latest nvidia driver which failed, tried the default debian and it failed, then I tried one of the middle ones, it reconized my card and installed fine (according to SMXI).
When I boot it still goes to tty.
What am I overlooking? Thanks, Jon

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Old 04-29-2011, 06:21 AM   #2
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Did you install the Desktop set of packages?
 
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:03 PM   #3
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I used the graphical install and desktop was selected. The only thing out of ordinary I did was manual partitioning so it would not use the whole disk. 2G swap and 100G for everything else. I cant figure this to be an issue. I better check to see if it in fact installed. Other than looking for Gnome related files, is there any other way I can conferm all went in? Jon

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Old 04-29-2011, 09:03 PM   #4
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When you log in on the text login and have given your user name and password you get another prompt.

At that prompt do;
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su
Give your root password. Then;
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apt-get install desktop-base gnome-core
I think that will get you in if it is not installed. If it is installed it will tell you that it is.

In that case I would;
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apt-get install --reinstall desktop-base gnome-core
and see what happens after that by;
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startx
If that takes you to a desktop environment well and good, this would be a good time to install anything that might be missing. You should be aware that you are not logged in to that DE as your user, you are root. Installing things is fine but get out and log in as a normal user when done. Much damage can be done in short order as root.
 
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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Ok, I am probobly at fault here as it aparently was not installed, although I realy do in fact remember that box that box being checked off. I did try to install as suggested however it asks for my install cd and it now says there is a hash sum mismatch and not everthing installed. Can I edit sources.list somehow to make system not look for the install CD and insted go to internet? I still have no gui and am a bit clunky getting around without it. I got no problem with using nano. Jon
 
Old 04-29-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
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If you have a Live CD (Debian or Ubuntu would probably be best) you could pull it up with nautilus as root and edit it with gedit.

If not you could go the same way in and, as root;
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nano /etc/apt/sources.list
I am pretty sure that nano (text editor) is installed.
 
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:11 PM   #7
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Ok, under way now, gnome starts with "startx" Must have been bad install CD, once I removed it in sources.list and it looked on internet everything went well. I just need to figure out what package I need install to get a GUI log in screen automaticly. Looked around in synaptic but can't find what I need. Jon

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:30 PM   #8
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I would think that you would have that with those 2 packages.

If you are in and running you could check to see if gdm or gdm3 is installed.

If not install one. I am on Wheezy so I am not sure if gdm3 is in your repo. I have been using it since before the release I think so it should be. If you are not in log in again and try installing one of them and see what happens.
 
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:04 PM   #9
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Ok, installed gdm3 as this is what squeeze has installed in the past, I just assumed gdm or gdm3 was installed as when I started X as it came to the familiar gnome desktop. So much to comprehend! Log in screen now is there on boot. I need a dope slap as I should have done a MD5 checksum on the downloaded ISO, I am willing to bet the disc was the cause. I realy do appriciate your kind help. Thanks, Jon
 
Old 04-29-2011, 11:18 PM   #10
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I just did 2 installs that I want to be sid.

Could not get Wheezy to install right at all. Md5sum was great.

Intalled Squeeze and it didn't work write either. Got the LiveCD, didn't work to well but I could chroot from there and check. Got it to go.

Did an apt-get dist-upgrade to wheezy (chroot from here) on 2 installs from the same disk. One worked the other has taken me 3 days so far to get going. Finally upgraded it to sid before going on and I do have most of it working. The other is running (Sid now too) just great.

My son just tried and couldn't get the bugger to run on his box and it sounded like the same problem (he has run Linux at least twice as long as I have). He was blaming it on hardware.

I think the installer is buggy right now.

The install I am on, Debian testing, was installed with no trouble what so ever last Nov. When I got just real tired of Ubuntu. Haven't had a problem with it at all. Went for the Squeeze cycle to Wheezy seamlessly and without a burp.

I am having fun with the really screwy install but am about to just hang it up and get a net install image and start over.

You have no idea how happy I am that yours is up and running.
 
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:20 PM   #11
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Oh yes, mark it solved.

Some kind soul responded to a very old thread of mine today because I had never marked it.

Getting old and senile.
 
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