From: Kent West (westk_at_acu.edu)
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 08:56:31 -0500 To: email@example.com
Hasse Bylov wrote:
> I've tried SuSE Linux and it worked perfect for me, but a friend told
> me some great things about Debian, so I wanted to try it out...
> The whole FTP-install went perfect.
> Well now I've got this problem with the X-server (see the log-files
> attached. Btw, I think it's the XFree86.0.log you might wanna have a
> look at) - Linux won't start X while the display settings are false. I
> couldn't identify any drivers for my (onbord ASUS) graphics card. I
> tried selecting VGA, but it didn't go well. With SuSE there was no
> problem at all (except it couldn't find a "real" gfx-driver, but it
> worked fine all right - in a res. of 1280x1024, 24bits @ 75Hz).
You're probably installing woody/stable, which is really old, and
doesn't have hardly any hardware detection. It's a great OS for a server
which doesn't need to have X but does need to be rock solid. However,
for a workstation, I think you'd be better off upgrading to
sid/unstable. Then your experience is likely to be closer to what you
had with SuSE, RH, etc.
> Why doesn't the system auto detect the whole thing for me like with
> SuSE, RedHat etc.? Did i miss something?
No; as mentioned above, Woody is ancient and doesn't autodetect hardware.
> PS. There is a small error (I think) in the installation. If you
> create a boot-disk _before_ configurering LILO, it won't return to the
> setup with this possibility... (?)
The next version of Debian has a new installer, so if you are installing
Woody, this'll shortly be a moot point. Still, you might want to search
the bug list (http://www.debian.org/Bugs/) to see if this has been
reported already, and if not, report it.
>(--) PCI:*(1:0:0) VIA unknown chipset (0x7205) rev 1, Mem @ 0xd8000000/26, 0xdc000000/24
>XFree86 has found a valid card configuration.
>Unfortunately the appropriate data has not been added to xf86PciInfo.h.
>Please forward 'scanpci -v' output to XFree86 support team.
>(EE) Unable to locate/open config file
>(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()
If I had to make a guess, I'd say that your kernel/X is too old to
recognize your video card. What's the result of "lspci"?
If you want to upgrade your system to sid, edit "/etc/apt/lists.sources"
and change all network instances (ftp, http) of "stable" to "unstable",
EXCEPT for the security line; leave it at "stable". Then run "apt-get
update" followed by "apt-get dist-upgrade". Now your "lspci" and X will
probably recognize your chipset/video.
If that doesn't solve the problem, you might want to upgrade your
kernel. If you are installing Woody, you're probably using a 2.2 kernel
still ("uname -a" will verify). You can search for a newer kernel with a
command like "apt-cache search kernel-image-2.4" or "apt-cache search
kernel-image-2.6". 2.6 is mostly stable now, and as long as you're
upgrading, I'd go ahead and jump to 2.6 (unless you have special needs,
hardware, software, etc, that needs 2.4).
After upgrading your system and/or kernel, you'll probably have more
success in getting X to work (as well as USB, etc).
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