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Old 05-09-2006, 11:37 PM   #1
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How to install Xorg?

Hi, up until now I have been running one of my machines without any kind of Xserver at all. But now I want to install Xorg. What is the reccomended packages I should install to ensure the smooth running of the latest version of Xorg? Also is there anything I should know, or any tips or tricks (or scripts) I should run to ensure that i don't run into any snags?

Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.

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You neglected to mention which distro you are using.
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suggestion 1 - tell us what distro you are running...
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Sorry. Debian unstable. To be clear I'm not really asking 'how to install it, I'm asking 'what' to install? Specifically what I'm asking though is what additional packages I need to install? I installed xserver-xorg - and it works (kind of) but it is looking very rough ATM - and the desktop area doesn't quite cover the full screen. (It seems a little weirdly to be squashed over to the left 2/3rds of the screen somehow). So I am curious about what packages I might be missing - and what I should install in addition to xserver-xorg? I have selected the correct screen resolution and timings for the screen I am using BTW)

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Suggestion 2 ... It helps to know what video hardware you have ... nvidia, ati ... 32-bit, 64-bit

Best bet is to explain clearly what you're working with if you want specific help. Another good thing might be to include the video device section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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Old 05-10-2006, 12:23 PM   #6
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Well I'm not clear how useful it is to know what hardware I have installed when I simply wish to know what I should install to have a smoothly running xor?

I have a Nvidia 2 chipset (pretty old I know but it works for what I want) and an Nvidia graphics chip - so I know I hould install the correct agpgart for my chipset and the correct Nvidia drivers. That isn't really the question though - the question is what software should I install to ensure I have a smoothly running install of xorg 7x + ? Xorg comes as a single package on debian called xserver-xorg - but since it only seems to half work on my sytem so far, I wondered if i might have missed something out, or if there was something else I should install in addition to this too? For eaxmple, what font packages do I need? Is there any other drivers or software that is also recommended?



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