[nSLUG] Deja Vu all over again - Sarge new install, no X Windows

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Sun Aug 13 09:54:04 ADT 2006

Hi Rob

You may recall from messages last fall that I bought a new AMD64-based 
laptop. I have still not got it set up the way I would like. As part 
of trying to *get* it set up, I did a Debian Etch install just a few 
weeks ago and ran into the same problem that you have found.

By the way, during the install, were you asked to configure X? I know 
I was, and if you did not do this, you will have to do it by running 
the xorg configuration utility, whose name I can't remember.

To solve the problem I first did an

apt-get install gdm

where gdm is the gnome display manager. (You should check in the 
file /var/lib/dpkg/status that package gdm is *not* installed first.) 
On the next bootup, the login screen was the gdm display manager 
screen. From this screen before logging in you need to go into the 
"session" menu (I think it is) and choose a window manager. In my 
case there were two already installed by the network install process, 
twm and fvwm (if I remember correctly). Having selected a window 
manager, log in in the usual way and you should get a minimal 

>From there I used the menu that was available from the window manager. 
(I think I chose twm, and to get the menu I had to right click on the 
root window.) I brought up synaptic, the package manager application. 
Using synaptic, I was able to install KDE. You should be able to 
install gnome in the same way. After installing your favourite 
desktop system, log out again, use the gdm "session" menu item again 
to select your preferred desktop environment, and then log in again. 
You should now be in the desktop environment that you just selected. 
If not, try rebooting. If this doesn't work then your problem is more 
complex than mine was.



On August 13, 2006 08:40 am, Robert Ashley wrote:
> Did a completely fresh net install of Debian Sarge last night, new
> ISO, new CD, completely different machine...but get the exact same
> problem I had  way back in March. No X Windows. See message below
> from March 2006 archives. Deja vu all over again.
> What should I do next?  The archive shows several attempted
> workarounds, all of which I appreciated, but unfortunately didn't
> get gnome up and running.
> What's a good next action?
> Thanks,
> bob
> Bob Ashley ashley at chebucto.ns.ca
> Thu Mar 9 19:12:45 AST 2006
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> Now, however, X-Windows won't start. On boot up I get the message:
> /etc/X11/X is not executable.
> I had been defaulting to a gnome desktop before this.
> Debian testing 3.1   Linux kernel 2.4.27
> Hints, tips appreciated.
> Thanks,
>    Bob
>    Ashley
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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
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