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Old 08-21-2005, 08:38 PM   #1
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Angry PCG-FRV26 startx Fatal Error T_T

Please... help me T_T

I have spent the last 32 hours trying to install Debian successfully. Yes... I did sleep for about 7 horus... but still!

The problem I have yet to overcome is a fatal error when trying to "startx"

It says something about my mouse not being detected, and displays weird lines in purple and green and yellow and red at the top of my screen. Due to the latter, I assumed it was a display settings issue, and used "xf86config" several times trying to find the right numbers. Somewhere it said somethign about my PCG-FRV26 having 1024x768 60Hz... Trusting that... and it's not working.

I'm at my witt's end and have yet to successfully boot ANY x-windows session. Any help is greatly appreciated. This is the first forum I've posted on, and about the 10000000000th that I've visited.

Thanks in advance,
Old 08-24-2005, 04:32 AM   #2
aes canis
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Does changing the screen resolution help? That is trying Ctrl+lt++ or Ctrl+lt+- until you get a viewable screen, probably 640x480, but usable enouth for fault finding.

The display problem and mouse are probably unrelated. The display problem does not seem to be unique to you... A quick search with sony, PCG-FRV26, and xf86config as keywords, found this:
<snip>"I have a Sony Vaio PCG-FRV26 notebook, which comes
> > > > with the ATI mobility 345 video card. anyone run into a similar
> > > > problem or anyone have any ideas that they think i might want to try?
> > > > My monitor usually runs at 1024x768, with a refresh of 60Hz, at least
> > > > thats what it was in Windoze. I set that during the initial install,
> > > > but now on boot it only has options for 800x600 and whatever the one
> > > > below that is (which makes my screen totally unreadable, with lines
> > > > blasting back and forth across the screen)"</snip>

Also, what sort of mouse are you using?

Can you post your XF86Config-4 or xorg.conf file here?

Last edited by aes canis; 08-24-2005 at 04:33 AM.


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