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Old 05-29-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Installing Debian on Thinkpad T22, X problems


I am trying to install Debian on an IBM Thinkpad T22.

I installed Sarge and things went alright until X started up. It would only display a poor resolution (probably 640 X 480 or worse; it looks like I'm running Linux on an old Nintendo), I tried to reconfigure using xf86config, but that did not do anything.

I understand that Sarge uses XFree86 and that XFree86 4.x has some issues with the S3 Savage chip that is in my Thinkpad T22. I think that this might be the probelm with getting Sarge to work with X. If anyone knows what to do about this that would be great.

After that, I learned that there was a switch to Xorg for Debian etch. Since I ran Slackware 10.x (using Xorg) for the past couple of years with no X problems I figured that I would just upgrade to etch and hope that things work here.

I run into 2 problems with etch:

1. When I do a big install (check off the 'Desktop Environment' box during the installation) it tries to start up into gdm (which I don't like anyway) and then just gives me a blank screen. I can't ctl+alt+F* to get out of the screen. The computer just gets stuck there. Booting into recovery mode and removing gdm with dselect gives me the blank screen when I type startx. Does anyone know what to do here?

2. When I do a smaller install (don't install 'Desktop Enviroment, which I would prefer anyway), I can't figure out how to install X seperatly afterwards. After an 'apt-get install x-window-system' I can startx okay, but it will start into some terrible resolution and changing things with xorg.conf does not seem to help.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm very interested in trying Debian because of the whole apt-get thing, but if this doesn't work out I'll just happily go right back to Slackware.
Old 05-30-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Assuming you want to install some desktop, just not Gnome, Xorg will come with it. Read around Post #32 here, for some ideas.


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