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    Failed to Start the Xserver


    Hello,

    I am new to Linux and just in the past week have started trying to get acquainted with the different distros and stuff, trying to find one that suites me. I have about 6 or 7 different iso's burned to a cd for use of a live cd. I really haven't gotten any of them to work. Anyways here's my problem with Debian...After scanning through for a few minutes it says failed to start the xserver. The error report thing says 'Fatal server error: no screens found". Well I am on a laptop so that might be why its not finding any screens. Upon trying to install the other versions of linux, a lot of times I just get a black screen or something like that where it just stops. Could all this be because my screen can't be found? Well hopefully someone can help me with this. Thanks a lot.

    hp pavilion laptop
    2 gb RAM
    intel core 2 duo 2.0 ghz
    100 gb hard drive, 55 gb free
    currently using windows vista

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    Hi and Welcome !

    you are having Graphics Problem only. which Graphics Card do you have?

    check your Lappy's Manual for supported HorizSync, VertRefresh rates and Resolutions. when Debian throws "Fatal server error: no screens found" error, press Alt+Ctrl+F1. this will drop you on Command Line shell.log in as regular user.
    execute this
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    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    accept default options and enter correct HorizSync/VertiRefresh rates when prompted. select supported resolutions from the list. reboot machine.
    Last edited by devils casper; 07-17-2007 at 03:42 PM. Reason: typo
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    what is the model number for the hp laptop?

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    Could you post the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Ok guys, Thanks for the quick and nice responses. I appreciate it.

    Devils_Casper, I will try that but I'm not sure where to find those refresh rates and stuff. I'll try google. Thanks.

    Model Number of my hp laptop is dv6500 (i think thats the model number?)

    And Jonantice, I do not know what that is lol.

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    open a terminal and type the following:

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    gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    copy the text from that file here.

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    grrr no luck...this is what happens

    after it tells me the error about not finding any screensi am brought to a prompt that tells me there is no warranty and then its ays this: user@debian:~$

    right there i type in what you guys told me to "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-org"

    when i type that it says package not installed, xserver is not installed

    and when i try to type "gedit /etc/x11/org.confg" i get this "cannot open displaynull)


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    which version of Debian do you have?
    did you execute 'su' command before executing 'dpkg'?
    post the output of this
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    ls /etc/X11
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    Quote Originally Posted by celtic426 View Post
    grrr no luck...this is what happens

    right there i type in what you guys told me to "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-org"

    when i type that it says package not installed, xserver is not installed

    and when i try to type "gedit /etc/x11/org.confg" i get this "cannot open displaynull)

    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-org should be this: dbkg-reconfigure xserver.org (period not a hyphen)

    gedit /etc/x11/org.confg should be: gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf the file is xorg.conf and the "x" in "X11" has to be capitalized

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    i tried typing both of those in, but nothing works. it just keeps saying command not installed or something. i am supposed to be typing this right after the $ sign right?

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