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I have had Debian running on my system for some time, as a dual boot with Windows ME. However, suddenly, I cannot get into the Linux GUI mode. It brings ...
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    GUI mode in Debian


    I have had Debian running on my system for some time, as a dual boot with Windows ME. However, suddenly, I cannot get into the Linux GUI mode. It brings up command line, and I can't get past that. Any help on how to solve this problem would be appreciated.

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    what happens when you login on the command line and run startx ?
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    Was there a recent package update involving the kernel or X.org? You might just need to redo the X setup:
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    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
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    when i type startx i get the following:
    /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 5: /usr/bin/X11/X: No such file or directory
    /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 5: exec: /usr/bin/X11/X: cannot execute: No such file or directory
    giving up.
    xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.

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    When I type dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, it says the package is not installed and no info is available.

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    That should be installed. Try running
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    apt-get install x-window-system
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    Hmm. It says that package is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.
    I thought perhaps my internet connection could be the problem, but I booted into Windows and had no problem. Any other ideas?

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    try running
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    apt-get update
    then try installing x-window-system again
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    it all works again...thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by elpinguino View Post
    it all works again...thanks a lot
    Doesn't here, it got hosed after doing an update. All was working fine with gnome desktop for a pretty long time - years

    Linux myhost 2.6.26 #10 SMP Thu Sep 4 23:34:36 MDT 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

    Maybe I need to upgrade the kernel?

    $ startx
    xauth: *creating new authority file /home/sam/.serverauth.2680
    /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 5: /usr/bin/X11/X: No such file or directory
    /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 5: exec: /usr/bin/X11/X: cannot execute: No such file or directory
    xinit: *Server error.

    then after doing the apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade
    and dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg,

    dpkg: warning: obsolete option '--print-installation-architecture', please use '--print-architecture' instead.
    dpkg: warning: obsolete option '--print-installation-architecture', please use '--print-architecture' instead.
    dpkg: warning: obsolete option '--print-installation-architecture', please use '--print-architecture' instead.
    xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration
    file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20120805000151
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/xserver-xorg.postinst: line 2865: dexconf: command not found
    xserver-xorg postinst warning: error while preparing new Xorg X server
    configuration file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.dpkg-new; not attempting to
    update existing configuration

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