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Old 07-08-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Xubuntu livecd error

Besides the fact that X is not going to start, what does this Xubuntu error indicate :

"warning: could not generate /etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe for vesa driver"

There were two other "warning:" messages and a "dbconf:" message listed with this message. The screen prior to this says that the X server was unable to start.

I received this after the Xubuntu livecd (xubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso) chugged away for a good 4min on an old PC (HP Pavilion 6330 : 384MB, AMD K6 300MHz).

After acknowledging the error it returns to a shell screen with just two lines :
"* Checking battery state ... [OK]"
"* Running local boot scripts (/etc/rc.local) ... [OK]"

This shell is unresponsive to <Enter> and <Ctrl+c> .

Should I just relegate this old PC to the scrap heap ... or is there some way to get Xubuntu of another lightweight OS running on it ?
Old 07-08-2008, 11:35 PM   #2
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This means that your /etc/x11/xorg.conf is not set up correctly for your video card. Neither is /etc/x11/xorg.conf.failsafe but the failsafe file is not very important. I suggest that you google for /etc/x11/xorg.conf combined with your video card name and/or its chipset name and see if you can find a xorg.conf file set up correctly for your video card. If you can't then post your current /etc/x11/xorg.conf and the name of your video card and its chipset here and maybe somebody who has the same video card can tell you how to change your xorg.conf.

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You have no chance of running any recent *buntu live CD on a 300MHz CPU,despite the system resources quoted/omitted on Xubuntu download page. You also only have the minimum RAM actually required. They have become very coy recently about explicitly stating real CPU and RAM requirements in Xubuntu, possibly because now that Xubuntu contains a lot of Gnome stuff it needs the same resources as regular Ubuntu. This is rather embarrassing for something claiming to be a lightweight alternative.

A good Xfce alternative live CD including installer is Zenwalk Live 5.2 which requires 128 MB RAM and Pentium III (or similar). It can even work with Pentium II but would be slow. It should run nicely on your PC.
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you could give puppy 4 a try... 4 has been a pretty big update, the whole distro compiled from scratch rather than based on another distro.


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