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Old 02-19-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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Unhappy X.Org failed to load after Ubuntu 10.5 install

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.5. The install appeared to go smoothly, but on booting the first time X.Org failed to start. I can get to a terminal and everything appears to be in order except X. Here is the error I get when X.Org attempts to start:
xauth:  creating new authority file /root/.serverauth.7416

X Window System Version 6.8.2 (Ubuntu 6.8.2-77 20051010174523 root@vernadsky.buildd)
Release Date: 9 February 2005
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8.2
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.10 i686 [ELF] 
Current Operating System: Linux RedOctoberII 2.6.12-9-386 #1 Mon Oct 10 13:14:36 BST 2005 i686
Build Date: 10 October 2005
	Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.X.Org
	to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.6.12-9-386 (buildd@rothera) (gcc version 3.4.5 20050809 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 3.4.4-6ubuntu8)) #1 Mon Oct 10 13:14:36 BST 2005 
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
	(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
	(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sun Feb 19 09:26:21 2006
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"

Skipping "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a:m_debug_clip.o":  No symbols found
Skipping "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a:m_debug_norm.o":  No symbols found
Skipping "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libGLcore.a:m_debug_xform.o":  No symbols found
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support 
	 at http://wiki.X.Org
 for help. 
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

XIO:  fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"

      after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
I am sure the hardware is ok. My system runs fine in any other distro I have had on it and in also in Win XP. But if you are still curious here are the applicable specs:

P4 3.6 GHz
ATI X800 PRO 256MB
Viewsonic A90f+ Monitor

I am not a linux newbie, nor by any stretch of the imagination am I an expert. Anyone have any ideas where to start with this problem.
Old 02-19-2006, 12:44 PM   #2
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You're dropped to a shell, right? Then there's hope...

"No screens found" might simply mean that your screen hasn't been recognized, though obviously, it's there (you're reading and posting its contents here, after all).

So, you might want to reconfigure X to be able to work with your setup:
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
You'll have to enter some information about your monitor; after that, you can try booting to X again.
Old 02-19-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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try this:
first install midnight commander (my favorite)
in the console type:

sudo apt-get install mc

then type:

sudo mc

use midnight commander to navigate to the /etc/X11 directory

highlight the xorg.conf file and press F4

look for a line that says somthing like this

Section "Device"
Identifier "Primary"
Driver "i810"
VideoRam 131072
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

(it won't look exactly like this)

change the driver value to "vesa"

so that it looks like this

Section "Device"
Identifier "Primary"
Driver "vesa"
VideoRam 131072
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

and press F2 to save and F10 twice for the exit menu

then reboot your computer
if the gui starts working you might want to do some research and find what driver your card needs vesa is a generic driver

Last edited by foolsh; 02-19-2006 at 03:45 PM.
Old 02-19-2006, 05:25 PM   #4
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Ok, I was able to change to the default vesa driver. X loads up fine. I guess my next task is to get the ATI driver from the web. Thanks for the help guys. Hopefully, I will be able to take it from here.


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