[nSLUG] new Sarge, no X

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Sun Aug 13 17:27:58 ADT 2006

Hi Jack, Oliver,

I'm going to first retrace my installation steps then I'll try your
prescriptions. Thanks for weighing in.

Oliver, actually I've wanted to play with Ubuntu. I'm glad you asked.
I've got the Dapper CD. I tried to install it before doing this
current Debian installation. Unfortunately, Ubuntu could not find
either of the two SCSI hard drives in what was an old server box.
Ubuntu just hung up, spinning its wheels, at that step. So I gave it a
Two-Minutes-For-Delay-of-Game penalty and sent it to the penalty box.
Debian then hopped the boards onto the ice.

Debian had no probs with sda and sdb.  I've got Windows on sda and put
Debian on sdb.

Got a tip on how I can get Ubuntu to recognize the two Seagate 18.5
gig SCSI drives? BTW, Ubuntu recognized the same video stuff that I'm
trying to get Debian to recognize. That's with Ubuntu live CD. Worked



On 8/13/06, Oliver Doepner <odoepner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi!
> The command
> apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment
> from the command line will install everything needed for gnome. No X,
> gdm or synaptics is needed before hand.
> The command for configuring any package in a Debian-based system is
> dpkg-reconfigure <pkg-name>. For X the package is xserver-xfree86 or
> xserver-xorg.
> An easy way to see whether your graphics hardware is supported at all
> might be a Debian-based Live-CD with good hardware detection like
> Knoppix or Kanotix.
> Is there any particular reason why you want Debian stable and not Ubuntu?
> -Oliver
> Jack Warkentin wrote:
> > 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
> > desktop.
> >
> >>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.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Jack
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