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    Cant start X on old Dell


    My room mate is trying to use an old Dell he has as a print server. After much twisting his arm, I was able to convince him to go with Debian, which, I would install. I used a 5.0.4 Net Install CD I had, and included Desktop Environment (he needs a GUI), and Print Server. Basically, as usually happens when I install Debian, I am having trouble getting X to work. Heres what the errors look like after X fails:

    Ring End
    Space: 24 wanted 32

    Fatal server error:
    lockup

    Waiting for X server to begin accepting connections
    giving up.
    xinit: Connection reset by peer (errno 104): Unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error

    Well, any help with this would be great. Just trying to bring another Linux box into this world.

    -Chris P

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    Some additional information...

    apt-cache policy xorg

    xorg:
    Installed: 1:7.3+20
    Candidate: 1:7.3+2-
    Version table:
    *** 1:7.3+2- 0
    500 Index of / lenny/main Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

    apt-cache policy gdm


    gdm:
    Installed: 2.20.7-4lenny1
    Candidate: 2.20.7-4lenny1
    Version table:
    ***2.20.7-4lenny1 0
    500 Index of / lenny/main Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status


    lspci | grep VGA

    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL [Brookdale -G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)

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    Which driver are you using in xorg.conf file? Try "vesa" driver and supported Refresh Rates.
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    I changed the driver to vesa, and the GUI is working now. Actually, everything seems pretty slow, I think the video chipset is quite weak. I may opt to go with XFCE, but after the computer is fully setup as a print server, there will likely be little interaction with it.

    Thanks much for the help. Im still tweaking the resolution and other aspects, but, I think I have it pretty well under control.

    Thanks again

    -Chris P

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