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Old 06-03-2006, 09:08 PM   #1
pink.candy
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Unhappy Problems installing x-window system on Debian 3.1!


Hi,
I'm sorry if this question has already been answered. I tried searching the forum, but couldn't quite find anything that fit my question.

I just installed the new Debian, (3.1, Sarge, kernel 2.4). And, after I had the base file system installed and such fourth, I took the disk out and rebooted like normal. Now, I did get to the part where it asks you to set your time zone, and to configure apt. And, I listed FTP, and HTTP as two sources for packages.. and yadda-yadda.. and, anyway, I noticed after I added these sources there was a menu item to install additional packages. So, I tried this. Didn't work. So, I told it to finish and I was taken to bash. So, being stuck I tried looking up a walk through on how to install an x-windows system on Debian. I couldn't find anything for 3.1, but found something for 3.0. And, since I have heard that they are similar in some ways, I decided to read the walk through to see if any of it could help me. According to the walk through, you are suppose to log into the root account, and then type apt-get install x-window-system. And, I tried this, and got the following error;

The following packages have unmet dependencies;

x-window-system depends: x-window-system-core but is not going to be installed

depends: twm but is not going to be installed
depends: xdm but is not going to be installed
depends: xnest but is not going to be installed
depends: xprt-xprintorg
depends: xterm
depends: xufb

E: broken packages


There was more the the error message, but I couldn't possibly type it all out because it was on another computer.

If anyone can make any sense out of this, PLEASE HELP ME! I'd very much appreciate it. ^_^ Also, again, I'm sorry if I'm wasting space with my post if this question has already been posted.. (I'm a Debian newbie.. not a Linux newbie though)..

Thanks for reading my post, and thanks to whom ever replies!
 
Old 06-03-2006, 09:22 PM   #2
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My sugesstion would be to use the netinstall disk for Etch. Unless you are running a production server or something where you have to have a very stable system, go with Etch. The installer is graphical and takes about 15-20 minutes to install a working system.

If you can use FC5 you wont have any problem installing Etch. Its not a very big disk to download.
Debian -- Debian-Installer netinst CD image (100-150 MB)
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 
Old 06-04-2006, 03:17 AM   #3
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Did you do a apt-get update first?
Then do a apt-get install x-window-system xserver-xfree86

otherwise - Is this a official ISO of the latest debian release?
 
Old 06-04-2006, 02:13 PM   #4
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Thanks Dean and Craig for your replies.. very much appreciated. ^_^ Anyway, I tried apt-get update.. and, it's still doing the same thing. Although, I can't say I've tried apt-get install x-window-system xserver-xfree86 I'll try that first, then post back on if it worked or not. Thanks for the help!
 
Old 06-04-2006, 02:32 PM   #5
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strange....
try running apt-setupagain maybe?
maybe try running apt-get -f install and then starting over?

Unless you broke something this should not happen at all. Sarge Just Works! Do you have internet access? Maybe need to add the cd to your sources via apt-cdrom? me confused
 
Old 06-06-2006, 04:06 PM   #6
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Okay, so I tried everyone's suggestions.. and, I got the most results from running apt-setup and specifing a different download mirror. So yeah, after running apt-setup again I tried apt-get install gnome and it claims it really did install gnome. But, so far I haven't had any luck getting gnome to load. I tried resetting, and it just goes right back to the text only login prompt. And, when I try typing apt-get install gnome now it always says this;

apt-get install gnome
reading package lists.....done
building dependency tree.....done
gnome is already the newest version

-------

So, it sounds like gnome is installed, but I can't seem to get it to load up when the computer boots... So, if anyone can help me with this problem I would so much appreciate it. Also, again, thanks to everyone who has been trying to help me these past few days.. I could imagine it must be hard trying to help out someone as lost as I am. heh Thanks..


OH! Also, by the way, I took into consideration the fact that I may have screwed it up somehow and tried reinstalling from scratch again and got the same errors. Not sure if that helps, but figured I'd include it. ^_^
 
Old 06-07-2006, 02:23 AM   #7
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okay.. So I finally got GNOME working..

I had to do to do;
apt-get xlibs
apt-get xutils
apt-get xbase-clients
apt-get rxvt
apt-get xterm
apt-get xserver-xfree86
apt-get fvwm-icons
apt-get fvwm-750dpi
apt-get fonts-base
apt-get xfonts-scalable
apt-get xlibs-dev

...THEN I ran apt-get install gnome


At first though, I had set up my mouse wrong and when I tried startxit said I had an ivalid pointer. So, I went back in using the command dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 and then I got that fixed to find a no screen found error. So, at first, I was using bus idenified 1 then 0 for my video card.. eventually, out of frustration, I took out the bus idenified and left it blank. But, I have the video card running with vesa and the display is awful. So, now I have to find a suitable driver for my card.

I have a;
Intel Corporation 82810 CGC Chipset Graphics Controller.

If anyone has any ideas on which driver to use for xfree86, please let me know. THX! ^_^
 
  


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