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Old 09-18-2005, 08:57 PM   #1
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x window system configuration

Because of my inability to make my Lexmark Printer work with debian, I had to re-install windows on my computer (formatted drives again). My wife needs to use the printer for her homework. I made a partition so I could re-install bebian.

After installing Debian: For some reason It didn't install a desktop environment. So after completed installation I used "apt-get install x-window-system". and when I went through the configuration I guess I did something wrong.
Because It gets to the point to where the desktop environment comes up I get an error. My display tells me that I have "H V Over frequency". And the screen goes blank/black. I know I am in but I could no see anything display. I think I screwed up in some refreshing setting?????
I thought that if I removed the "apt-get remove x-window-system" I would be able to reconfigure the system again. But that did not happend.
I also tried "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" (as root) which I read in a post that lets you reconfigure your settings. But that didn't work either.

Does anybody now which file I should edit or what should I do to troubleshoot this error?????

thanks your help is greatly appreciated.
Old 09-19-2005, 01:14 AM   #2
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I'm not real sure about your distro but it is usually /etc/X11/xorg.conf that you edit. You may be able to rename that file xorg.conf.old then go through the setup again, being carefull to get it right of course.

You should be able to run that as many times as you need to though. I ran mine over a dozen times before I got it to work, then I went back and ran it some more to tweak it a bit.

I hope that helps, if not, BUMP for a Debian user.

Old 09-19-2005, 06:17 AM   #3
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You need to edit /etc/X11/XF86free.conf for xserver settings with xfree86. You got the settings wrong for your monitor, it's under the monitor section, change HorizSync and VertRefresh to match your monitor.
You can run base-config to rerun the base system configuration, where you can select which packages to install.


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