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Old 07-01-2003, 07:52 PM   #1
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reconfiguring X

I just finished installing debian and did startx icewm and i was dumped back to command line saying that it couldnt intilaize core componets and said it couldent recognise my mouse. How do i reconfigure?

Old 07-02-2003, 12:27 AM   #2
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if you have installed X succesfully with

apt-get install x-window-system

then you can configure X with


on command line

or dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

Old 07-02-2003, 08:31 AM   #3
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I'd suggest poking at your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file first. It probably just misconfigured your mouse. This is what I did, though I don't know if it is right:

There are several places that the mouse might be, such as /dev/psaux or /dev/mouse. I did a cat /dev/psaux then moved my mouse. Stuff showed up on the console so I figured that that's where my mouse was plugged into. My guess is that your XF config just has one device listed when the mouse is actually on another device.
Old 07-02-2003, 09:17 AM   #4
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In additon to stony's comment, you can also configure X with
XFree86 -configure
xf86cfg (graphical)
Old 07-02-2003, 01:21 PM   #5
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Originally posted by stony

if you have installed X succesfully with

apt-get install x-window-system

Is that necesary after installing Woody??.... I'm having some trouble...I can run X, but y can't set the resolution to 1024x768... and of course I have that res configured in XF86config-4
Old 07-05-2003, 01:44 AM   #6
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InK says: I can run X, but y can't set the resolution to 1024x768... and of course I have that res configured in XF86config-4
Well, if you're feeling lucky, you can try # dexconf, one of the many evil children of debconf. And if you ever find intelligible documentation on any of this Debconf Axis of Evil, drop a link around here someplace. If you accidentally on purpose told Debconf that you wanted it to manage your X config, anything you put in XF86config-4 is as likely as not to get stomped by Debconf's hobnail boots.

If dexconf (which I thought for a long time was a typo of debconf ) doesn't work, and your XF86config is managed by debconf (which is ultimately a Good Thing, or is the Debian Way, at least ), you'll have to go find the (fairly dreadful) docs, buried deep in /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common, untar the FAQ.gz, find the question: How do I add custom sections to a dexconf-generated XF86Config-4 file? Search waaaaay down to the answer, which is: Add it before the ###BEGIN DEBCONF-CONTROLLED... something-or-other line.

THEN! Make custom Monitor and Screen sections up there, probably by cutting and pasting and giving these "real" configs some new names. Also, snoop around the web (Google is our friend) for the XF86Config of someone with a similar video card and monitor who claims to have it working and plagiarize that.

The trick is that the first Monitor and Screen are the default, so the bogus dexconf ones just consume some memory.

And, if that doesn't work, look at X's log file and see if it complains about something. If you don't understand the error message (they are every bit as clear as the docs ), put quotes around it and stick it in Google (or come back here and ask, but Google works pretty well).

And remember - tell us how it turns out, won't you?

Is that clear as mud? Or what?

Well, HTH,

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