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Old 02-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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No graphical login in Kubuntu 9.04 on Compaq Evo N600c


I installed Kubuntu 9.04 alternate disto onto my Compaq Evo N600c. Now when the software boots, it show text telling me to access Ubuntu documentation and visit http://help.ubuntu.com. The web page has nothing that will get me logged in.
The last line displays "ping@ubuntu:~$"

What do I type into get logged in?????

Thanks
 
Old 02-06-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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the line ping@ubuntu:~$ suggests that you are already logged in as user ping. Is the real problem that you are trying to start the GUI? In that case we might need more information, such as any error messages you got, what kind of hardware you are using etc (graphics card in particular).
 
Old 02-07-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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Have you tried
Code:
startx
from that cmd line? As above, post any msgs you get.
NB: Linux is case sensitive...
 
Old 02-07-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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I have an ATI graphic chip on the motherboard. I received no error messages.

When I type in startx....it replies with -BASH: STARTX: COMMAND NOT FOUND
 
Old 02-07-2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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try
/usr/bin/startx
 
Old 02-07-2012, 02:22 AM   #6
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I get -BASH: /USR/BIN/STARTX: NO SUCH FILE OR DIRECTORY
 
Old 02-07-2012, 02:25 AM   #7
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connected to the internet, type sudo
Quote:
apt-get install xorg kde
Why did you get the alternative install instead of the regular?
 
Old 02-07-2012, 03:03 AM   #8
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This laptop is really old so I tried the regular and the OS hung so I decided to try the alternate version. I think that this version is like many others....not compatible with this laptop. SO I will keep trying others....there's quite a few to try.

Thanks for your time and effort....thumb up!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 02-07-2012, 03:43 AM   #9
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Hey mate, if it's old then it'll probably just be the desktop environment. If you like Ubuntu, give Xubuntu or Lubuntu a go. They feature light weight desktop environments, Lubuntu in particular and they are probably more likely to work.
 
Old 02-07-2012, 05:30 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by UhWhatThe View Post
I installed Kubuntu 9.04 alternate disto onto my Compaq Evo N600c. Now when the software boots, it show text telling me to access Ubuntu documentation and visit http://help.ubuntu.com. The web page has nothing that will get me logged in.
The last line displays "ping@ubuntu:~$"
IIRC that is what is meant to happen with the 'alternate' release versions.

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connected to the internet, type

sudo apt-get install xorg kde

Why did you get the alternative install instead of the regular?
Now, that wont work.

When a realse is 'end of life' the repos are disabled. So you cant 'apt-get' anything. There is a ways around it, like seen here-

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/01/acc...d-of-life.html

But I wouldnt suggest it. More likely to have problems, probably more d/ling than if you just d/led a newer release.

BTw, suggesting KDE 4.X (like on 9.04) for a compaq evo 600c (circa 2003-2004!) is a bad, bad idea. It will be very slow, and probably seriously buggy on such old hardware.

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Originally Posted by UhWhatThe View Post
This laptop is really old so I tried the regular and the OS hung so I decided to try the alternate version. I think that this version is like many others....not compatible with this laptop. SO I will keep trying others....there's quite a few to try.
I've found pages dating back to 2004 with directions/hints/help on how to get that laptop running with linux. I find it hard to believe that things would have gone backward with that laptop, it should be easier to get running under linux now than in the past.

If you've only tried *buntus, try something else. Debian would probably have a better chance of running on that laptop, has less junk and cruft than the *buntus, and will run better on low RAM systems

Those laptops came with 256MB of RAM, with some of that 'shared' to the video adapter. That amount of RAM is low enough most *buntus wont install or run.
 
Old 02-07-2012, 05:50 AM   #11
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This laptop is really old so (...)
Perhaps trying Xubuntu is a much better idea, then. KDE and Gnome too are more memory hungry window managers. There are better alternatives for cases like this.

Xubuntu has a more light weight interface, geared exactly for more humble or old machinery. Read about it. (for example, in http://xubuntu.org/)

Last edited by dedec0; 02-07-2012 at 05:53 AM.
 
Old 02-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #12
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Perhaps trying Xubuntu is a much better idea, then. KDE and Gnome too are more memory hungry window managers. There are better alternatives for cases like this.
If its got 256MB (minus some for video RAM) then you wont be able to install xubuntu, or run the liveCD-

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Minimum system requirements
Memory

You need 256 MB RAM to run the Live CD or 256 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires you to have 64 MB RAM at install time.

Once installed, Xubuntu can run with starting from 256 (or even just 192) MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB RAM.
http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

Same goes for lubuntu (which is slightly lighter than xubuntu)-

Quote:
The minimum memory requirement for running Lubuntu 11.10 is 128 MB of memory. Note that some of your system's memory may be unavailable due to being used by the graphics card.

To use the graphical installer from the Live-CD (Desktop ISO), you need at least 256 MB of memory to use the "Install Lubuntu" entry when you boot from the Live-CD. It's recommended to have 384 MB at least to install using "Try Lubuntu without installing" entry on the boot menu. You maybe able to use the previous mentioned features with less memory (less than 256 MB) but the overall response will be very slow.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Rele.../OneiricOcelot
 
  


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