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Hello Robert Bamler (<robert.bamlergmx.de>) wrote: > I have some problems with my Debian system I've just set up. After > booting Debian, the monitor keeps switching between displaying the > login prompt and a black screen for some seconds and then a message > appears saying that the X Server is not set up properly. It provides > some more detailed information which I unfortunately do not > understand. The last lines are: > > (EE) VGA(0): Driver can't support depth 24 > (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration > > > (My graphic device does certainly ...

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    Default Re: Setting up Debian: XServer problems and Gnome doesn't start

    Hello

    Robert Bamler (<robert.bamlergmx.de>) wrote:
    > I have some problems with my Debian system I've just set up. After
    > booting Debian, the monitor keeps switching between displaying the
    > login prompt and a black screen for some seconds and then a message
    > appears saying that the X Server is not set up properly. It provides
    > some more detailed information which I unfortunately do not
    > understand. The last lines are:
    >
    > (EE) VGA(0): Driver can't support depth 24
    > (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration
    >
    >
    > (My graphic device does certainly support 24 bit color depth. Besides,
    > I sadly do not know how to chose another color depth.)
    Looks like you chose the wrong driver for your card (the vga driver).
    Try

    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

    and choose the right one. Take a look at the doentation on
    <http://www.xfree86.org> to find out if you don't know. Debian 3.0
    (Woody) comes with XFree 4.1 (and also 3.3.6). You can also try the
    vesa driver, which should work with all modern cards.
    > When I abort the error message I can login at the prompt. After
    > logging in, Gnome does not start though I'm quite sure I've installed
    > it when setting up the Debian system.
    You cannot run Gnome if your X server does not startup.
    > When trying to start it manually
    > by typing "gdm" as root, I get the following error message: "gdm
    > already running. Aborting!"
    gdm is a graphical login manager. You don't want to start gdm if you are
    already logged in, instead you want to start Gnome. However, neither
    Gnome or gmd can be used if your X server does not work. And because
    the system probably tried to load gdm at boottime, but loading was not
    finished because your not-working X server, the system /thinks/ it is
    running.

    best regards
    Andreas Janssen

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    Andreas Janssen Guest

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    Default Re: Setting up Debian: XServer problems and Gnome doesn't start

    Hello,
    > Looks like you chose the wrong driver for your card (the vga driver).
    > Try
    >
    > dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
    >
    > and choose the right one. Take a look at the doentation on
    > <http://www.xfree86.org> to find out if you don't know. Debian 3.0
    > (Woody) comes with XFree 4.1 (and also 3.3.6). You can also try the
    > vesa driver, which should work with all modern cards.

    Thank you for your help. I have a card wich is not supported by the
    xserver, so I had to download the driver. It works now.

    Robert
    Robert Bamler Guest

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