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Old 03-23-2005, 11:40 AM   #1
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Debian on Acer 1610LMi


Hi! I'm trying to get Debian 3.0.32 on my Acer system. But when I boot with the cd loaded and I press enter to start installation, my screen turns black. So i start the installation using:
linux vga=771
But when installation is succesfully completed and I boot without the disc, the same happens; black screen. So I put my cd back in, boot, and type:
rescue root=/dev/hda1 vga=771
Now it boots my linux, but X won't start; says it can't find any screen. I don't know what to do. I've had Mandrake installed for a while, in Mandrake X worked fine. I've also tried Red Hat 9, but that had the same problem. I've also copied my (working) xf86config file from Mandrake to the Debian install; no success. I hope someone can help me with this problem.
Thanks!
Lex
 
Old 03-23-2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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First off, add vga=771 to your grub menu.lst (end of the kernel line) or lilo.conf, to avoid having to type it in each time. Don't forget to run lilo, if appropriate.

If copying the XF86Config-4 file doesn't work, then have a close look at the Screen and Mouse entries for both, and edit your Debian one so that it uses the same driver. Attempt to start X (using startx) and then if it fails, run as root
Code:
grep WW /var/log/XFree86.0.log
This should tell you where X is tripping up. It could be something as simple as the wrong mouse port.

Cheers,

mj
 
Old 03-23-2005, 02:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I've installed Ubuntu, it works fine (expect for me not getting my home dir mounted correctly, but I will).
Thanks!
 
Old 03-23-2005, 02:43 PM   #4
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No worries

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