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Old 01-21-2004, 03:54 AM   #1
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Debian startx error...

I just installed Debian 3 and everthing seems to be fine except i can't start gnome. When i type "startx" i get this error...

Screens found, but none have a usable configuration. Fatal sever error: No screens found.

any help?
Old 01-21-2004, 04:26 AM   #2
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You need to make sure your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 corresponds to your hardware and preferences. You may have to set the correct refresh rates for your monitor and default bit depth and resolution.

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Check for the following in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. This is my file. You need to change entries to reflect your own.

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "GeForce FX 5200"
Monitor "SyncMaster"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600"

Also check section serverLayout and see whether it has the corresponding screen entry. Adjust the default depth and see whether the Monitor section has correct HorizSync and VertRefresh entries.

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
InputDevice "Generic Mouse"
InputDevice "LIRC-Mouse"
Old 01-21-2004, 10:27 AM   #4
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I dunno about 3.0 but in the old Debian Potato, before running startx, you've to first run:


If I remember it right. That brings a screen to configure the hole XFree as mouse, keyboard, monitor and stuff. When finished, that setup was the one who wrote the XFree86 file and then, only only then startx was valid. Things change fast in open source though, so it might be different on Debian 3.0, but take a look at something like that for configuring the Xfree...



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