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Old 04-25-2005, 06:18 PM   #1
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Debian startx problems

Hi guys

I just installed Debian 3.0 and Im having quite a lot of trouble with my x server (using XFree86). The last lines in the log are:
(II) Setting vga for screen 0.
(II) Loading sub module "int10"
(II) LoadModule: "int10"
(II) Reloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libint10.a
(II) NV(0): Initializing int10
(II) NV(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
(--) NV(0): Chipset: "GeForce2 MX"
(**) NV(0): Depth 16, (--) framebuffer bpp 16
(==) NV(0): RGB weight 565
(==) NV(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(II) Loading sub module "vgahw"
(II) LoadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(II) Module vgahw: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for, module version = 0.1.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(**) NV(0): Option "UseFBDev" "true"
(==) NV(0): Using HW cursor
(**) NV(0): Using framebuffer device
(II) Loading sub module "fbdevhw"
(II) LoadModule: "fbdevhw"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libfbdevhw.a
(II) Module fbdevhw: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for, module version = 0.0.2
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) UnloadModule: "nv"
(II) UnloadModule: "fbdevhw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libfbdevhw.a
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(II) UnloadModule: "int10"
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

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In fact I used to get a similar "(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration." , but then the problem seemed to be that the nv driver (my graphics card is a NVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400) couldnt use color depth 24. After I changed colour depth to 16 (and checked resolution and refresh freq to be the same as I use when in Windows), this warning disappeared but still unable to find a valid screens

Im not very sure how to proceed since the log doesnt give many clues as to what is the actual problem

It is also strange that if I run XFree86cfg I get to use a graphic interface no probs, so I really dont think my config settings for the display/graphic card can be very wrong.

Any tips will be appreciated
Old 04-25-2005, 06:25 PM   #2
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try install nvidia packages with apt
find them with : apt-cache search nvidia|less
Old 04-25-2005, 08:00 PM   #3
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You certainly have a bad configuration.
Old 04-26-2005, 10:25 AM   #4
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Sorted!! In the end all I had to do was to reconfigure XFree86 with

#dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

like Macondo suggets in his thread, and when asked whether to use the kernel framebuffer to communicate with the video card, just choose "NO" . From the context you could think that the safest option is "YES", and I think thats the default, but guy that wrote "The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Guide" (see again Macondos thread) also had to go for "NO". To be fair with the newbie population, it is very hard to see from the XFree86.0.log (see my posting above) that this was the problem.

In fact, now I can choose 24 colour depth without any problem.

(a note aside, before this I also had to point /dev/mouse to /dev/psaux by using the command:
ln -s /dev/mouse /dev/psaux
to get my mouse working, maybe u need to try that as well)
Old 04-26-2005, 06:46 PM   #5
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For your next trick...

try installing Sarge with the net-installer, much better experience, newer apps. =)

The link in the article will take you to the link for the rc-3, same instructions apply.

After the installation of sarge, read the posting about the Debian configuration post-installation:

Move to the Debian forum in this site.

Last edited by macondo; 04-26-2005 at 06:49 PM.


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