X problems in debian 3.0r1

X problems in debian 3.0r1

Post by John Talbo » Fri, 12 Sep 2003 21:30:53

Hi All,

I've just installed debian and am having problems with the startx, it
flashes as if trying to go in from the console then I get the following
output, here's the tail of the XFree86.0 log.
"Module class: XFree86 XInput Driver
ABI class: XFree86 XInput driver, version 0.2
(EE) No drivers available.

Fatal server error:
no screens found"

However I set the screen and graphics card (Nvidia Geforce 2 MX) up using
xf86cfg. A friend said that xf86cfg doesn't insert the BusID "PCI:1:1:0"
line into XF86CONFIG and he was right so I added it, but that too hasn't
helped. Here's an extract from my XF86CONFIG.

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor1"
HorizSync 31.5 - 57.0
VertRefresh 40.0 - 150.0

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "nv"
BusID "PCI:1:1:0"
ChipSet "GeForce"
Card "NVIDIA GeForce"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor1"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666

Any ideas what's going on?

John Talbott


X problems in debian 3.0r1

Post by Andreas Ja » Fri, 12 Sep 2003 22:54:51


Another way to configure XFree is using:

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

If you want to use it, say "no" when it asks if you want to use the
Kernel framebuffer.

Do you have all necessary packages installed (try apt-get install

What about the input devices? Are your keyboard and mouse configured

best regards
Andreas Janssen

Andreas Janssen
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X problems in debian 3.0r1

Post by Joerg Morb » Wed, 17 Sep 2003 23:48:43

Or try "XFree86 -configure" and then "XFree86 -xf86config /root
XF86Config.new" (hit CTRL-ALT-BACKPSACE to shut down X again). If this
works copy /root/XF86Config.new to /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and try again
startx ...

Kind regards, Joerg.