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Old 04-27-2004, 04:31 AM   #1
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Unhappy "no Screen found" when i start the Xserver

when i type "startx"

it will display that:
"(EE) Screen found(s), but none have usable configuration.

Fatal server error:

no screen found"

i am using geforce 2 and SAMsung monitor(SyncMaster 743DF) 17"
and it can identify the driver (NV)

i tried to configure the monitor many times, but i failed , would any one please help me?
thanks alot
Old 04-27-2004, 04:47 AM   #2
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Try upgrading xfree86 to see if it fixes your problem.

apt-get update

apt-get install xlibs xlibs-data libice6 libsm6 libx11-6 libxext6 libxi6 libxmu6 libxmuu1 libxp6 libxpm4 libxrandr2 libxtrap6 libxtst6 libxft1 libxi6 libxt6 libxv1 x-dev libice-dev libsm-dev libxext-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libxi-dev libxmu-dev libxmuu-dev libxp-dev libxpm-dev libxrandr-dev libxt-dev libxtrap-dev libxtst-dev libxv-dev xlibs-dev xlibs-static-dev xlibs-static-pic xlibs-pic

apt-get install xfree86-common xserver-common xserver-xfree86 lbxproxy proxymngr xbase-clients

apt-get install xfs xfwp xterm xutils

apt-get install libdps1 libxaw7 xlibmesa-gl xlibmesa-glu xlibmesa-gl-dev xlibmesa-glu-dev xlibmesa-dri

apt-get install xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-base xfonts-base-transcoded xfonts-scalable xfonts-konsole

Reboot the system when all dependency issues are resolved.

Last edited by CBlue; 04-27-2004 at 04:49 AM.
Old 04-27-2004, 04:50 AM   #3
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Might be worth posting your screen, device and monitor sections from /etc/X11/XF86Config file. Sounds like somethings not set up correctly.
Old 04-27-2004, 09:12 AM   #4
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Also post the log file /var/log/XFree86.0.log (to get a txt file for posting do cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log > XFree86log.txt)
Old 04-27-2004, 07:01 PM   #5
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apt-get install x-window-system
(and the configuration that follows...) usually solves that.
During the configuration, remember to select No to the question Use kernel framebuffer device interface.

If that package is installed already you can reenter the configuration by executing
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Old 06-23-2004, 01:57 PM   #6
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Unhappy Help me please

I just did a minimal-CD/net based install of Debian sarge last night. I accidentally by-passed the package selection too, so I decided to just use apt-get instead and started installing all the packages. I'm currently trying to get a GNOME desktop environment (so far all I have is a command prompt), but there is a problem when I run startx. First of all the following is my setup:

ATI Radeon 9500 PRO
Hitachi 17" LCD display
USB mouse (2 button + wheel)
USB 104-key keyboard

This is what I ran (in order) to install X:

apt-get install x-window system
apt-get install gnome
apt-get install synaptic
After that I ran startx and the screen goes blank for a brief moment, then returns with the following output:

(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found
I then ran xf86config and setup everything (correctly. I have all my hardware documentation on hand). It modified the config file, which I checked and it looked right. Then ran startx again and I still have the same problem. Anyone have a clue what is wrong? I've been searching for an hour and can't find anything useful to me. Thanks for any help.

(PS: I would post my xf86config-4 file here, but like I said I only have a working command prompt. I'm posting from Windows right now, yuck).


Just ran xf86config again and chose some less ambitious sync rates for my monitor, but still no good. I wrote down my screen section of my xf86config-4 file, so here it is:

Section "Screen"
  Device ATI Radeon (something something something)
  Monitor Generic
  DefaultDepth 24
  Subsection "Display"
    Depth 1
    Modes "800x600" "640x480"
(I have multiple Display subsections with the same modes and variables depths of 4, 8, 15, 16, 24)

Screens is the section I probably have messed up isn't it?

Last edited by R00ts; 06-23-2004 at 02:11 PM.
Old 06-23-2004, 03:03 PM   #7
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Nevermind I fixed it. The problem was with the video card driver. Even though I told xf86config I was using an ATI Radeon card it select "amp" or something for the driver. I changed that to "radeon" and now everything is working great! Woohoo I'm officially a Debian user!!!
Old 06-23-2004, 03:48 PM   #8
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"i tried to configure the monitor many times, but i failed , would any one please help me?"

The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Walkthrough

Sections 9 and 10
Installing XFree86 - Part I
Installing XFree86 - Part II


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