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Old 10-02-2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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successful debian 5 installation on powerpc, but no graphical interface.

I'm rather new to linux and am familiarizing myself with it by installing various distributions on my old computer (Apple Powerbook G4) and seeing what I can do with them.

I booted from the Debian CD and went through the installation process with no problems. At one point I was prompted to select the software I wanted to install. The choices were Desktop Environment, various servers (mail, web, etc) and Standard System. I proceeded with Desktop Environment and Standard System selected as these were the defaults and I don't plan on setting up a server.

At the end of the installation, the CD ejected itself and I was instructed to reboot my computer. I did so and saw the familiar black and white characters and such but instead of launching into the graphical environment as was the case in my previous trials (fedora 10 on this same machine) I was given a black screen with grey text and a login prompt.

I logged in and explored a bit using the 'help' command at various points and seeing what my options were. It appears that the OS is installed and functional but my only interface is through this command line. My intention was to have a graphical interface like a normal computer and that I have with mac os and fedora.

Is there something I needed to do during the installation process to get this or is there something I need to do from the command line to get there?

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What happens if you type startx at the prompt ?
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I was messing around and upon restarting the computer i was given an error regarding X server that said i needed to visit a website and download a firmware update. i entered ok and was given the message "X server is now disabled. Restart GDM when it is configured correctly."

The error i recieved was "Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.

Back at the start I logged in and tried the xstart command. It eventually caught an error that read " Fatal server error: Caught signal 11. Server aborting."

So now that the problem is identified, im a bit confused as to how to proceed. Do i download the file on another computer and the install it from a usb drive or cd? How do i install this file via the command line?


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