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Old 02-25-2006, 05:14 PM   #1
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Xserver error after fresh install

The problem as i see it..

I got a new mobo, my old one burnt itself up and because i'm a poor unemployed student i bought a cheap (but apparently reliable) MS-3678. But it comes with an on-board Trident Blade vid card, i was suspicious at first because i hadn't read anything at all good about the brand.. but i need a running pc, the sooner, the cheaper, the better.

So anyway i installed debian 3.1 from a netinst disk and it all worked fine, i was working away in a console grabbing everything i needed to get up an running properly but then horror i installed x-window-system and gnome and had to restart my pc and when it came back i had no keyboard and no screen. No keyboard = no way of getting to the error messages

Anyway figuring i'd screwed up somewhere i thought oh well i'll give it another go (the morning after), so i re-formatted did a fresh install and thought maybe stable didn't have the drivers i needed... so i tried unstable... then i tried testing... and it still happens regardless. I also used both the 2.4 and 2.6 series kernel on the CD to see if that changed anything... but it didn't.

Without the error messsages i really haven't got a clue what's broken so i'm hoping someone else might have a clue.

AMD Athlon 1800XP on MS-3678 mobo
on board trident blade (Windows picks it up as a Trident Video Accelerator Blade 3D/ProMedia, debian testing with picked it up as a CyberBlade)
256 RAM
120 + 200gb hdd's

Last edited by eviltama; 02-25-2006 at 05:22 PM.
Old 02-26-2006, 12:20 PM   #2
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Boot into single user mode, remove the link in /etc/rc2.d/*gdm, this will prevent gdm from launching on boot. Assuming runlevel 2 is the default. Then reboot, try launching startx and if it hangs, reboot and check the log /var/log/Xorg.0.log
Old 03-05-2006, 03:40 AM   #3
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Sorted it out... well not really. By that i mean i reinstalled again and this time did not upgrade. Something to do with upgrading this machine severely screws with ... something.*sigh* i hate stable, and i hate this new mobo. I blame it all on my trident video card. Anyway, hopefully i'll remember NOT to apt-get upgrade && dist-upgrade because then i'll be screwed. Thanks for your help!


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