Re: starting X makes the screen go white (newb - new install)
From: Oliver Lupton (oliverlupton_at_gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 21:19:08 +0100 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Hello all,
> I'm trying (finally) to get debian to work on my Vaio PCG-C1VE.
> Using the latest version of the installer (floppy images) i succeeded
> in installing 3.1 on the little b*st*rd. Previous versions didn't
> support USB disks (at least not on a noob level) so thx debian!
> I used apt to get me the files i needed during the installation (i
> did have to do an 'ifup -a' to get the network up - and still have to
> after every reboot - but that's slightly OT here).
> Once i got the machine to boot from its own HD i though it would be
> nice to have GUI to learn my way around debian (and linux in general).
> fresh install
> i did:
> #apt-get install x-window-system
> #apt-get install gnome
> immediately after this i used vi to change my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.
> The most important change i did was adding this modeline:
> ModeLine "1024x480" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 480 488 494 563 -hsync -
> together with some other minor changes i found on http://www-
> works fine (this means it starts up ;-/ ), the only thing i get to
> see is a black screen which bleeds to a very white blue (starting at
> the edges). Some vertical and horizontal lines can be seen as well,
> all at the edge of some very white colours.
> Some pictures i took during this happening can be found here:
> http://www.yuru.be/debian/startx_1.jpg (going from 1 to 6)
> The only way to get me out of this white hell is by tapping Ctrl-Alt-
> F1, followed by Ctrl-C to stop the X server.
> With my limited knowledge i though i could have forgotten to add a
> window manager (didn't i read somewhere that this is not included in
> gnome??) so i did
> #apt-get install fvwm
> nothing changed.
> So here i am writing this mail, hoping somebody here can put me on
> the right track.
> Thx for taking the time to read this,
> I would include my XFree86.0.log but i have no idea how to get it of
> the laptop (skipped mail config in debian installer...)
I'm a newbie too, but try running 'gdm' (GNOME Display Manager, I think)
instead of 'startx' and see how that works.
I think that apt-get install gnome should have installed metacity,
GNOME's window manager.
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