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    Problems installing Debian

    It seems I've finished installing Debian 3.0r4 from CD
    But when I start up the machine, I get a graphical login screen where I've tried with the two users I defined in installation, one of them root, and I get a message in the right bottom corner saying "can't locate module char-major-13"
    I can't do anything, because if I can't login I can't edit, reinstall or configure anything.
    Any hint?
    Thanks a lot in advance

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Is there a way for you to log in non-graphically? According to this thread, this is apparently caused by a problem with xdm, and can be fixed by removing xdm and reinstalling it. In order to do that however, you must be able to log in non-graphically.

    Did you install GRUB or LILO as a bootloader?
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    to login non-graphically from debian's gdm or xdm, i think it defaults solely to gdm now...just hit ctl-alt-f1 at the graphical login and you will change vts and be a non-graphical login. If you can login as root, then stop the graphical service with, if its gdm "/etc/init.d/gdm stop" and then login as a non-root user and see if startx works, if so then it is just a borking of your dm. Tell us if this clears things up, if so, just reinstall gdm if you want it, if not, startx is only one little command away
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    I didn't know I could enter in text mode by means ofCtrl+Alt+F1
    It works, but startx doesn't work. I get theses lines on the screen:

    Xlib: connection to ".0.0" refused by server
    Xlib: Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 key
    giving up.
    xinit: unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.

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    I found in another forum that someone fixed this problem by adding Off in the DPMS Option of /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file
    I did the same and then, the login process could proceed

    Thank you both for your answers

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