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Gmagn
February 22nd, 2009, 04:48 PM
Hello,

I'm trying to renew an old computer.

I'm very new to this and followed prompts to view the x server output:

debconf: DbDriver "connfig": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporily unavailable Warning: Could not generate /etc/x11/xorg.config.failsafe for vesa driver.

I'm trying this on an old AMD-K6 3D processor, 367 MHz, 252 MB RAM, 7.83GB used, 1.69 GB free.

I am stalled on a command line prompt

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

Any ideas to get Ubuntu running on this computer?

stalkier
February 22nd, 2009, 04:51 PM
Hello,

I'm trying to renew an old computer.

I'm very new to this and followed prompts to view the x server output:

debconf: DbDriver "connfig": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporily unavailable Warning: Could not generate /etc/x11/xorg.config.failsafe for vesa driver.

I'm trying this on an old AMD-K6 3D processor, 367 MHz, 252 MB RAM, 7.83GB used, 1.69 GB free.

I am stalled on a command line prompt

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

Any ideas to get Ubuntu running on this computer?

I could be wrong here, but I think the command would be 'startx'.
Like I said I might be wrong. There is also a way to force the vesa driver. I do not know how to do that at the moment though. Sorry.

Gmagn
February 22nd, 2009, 04:56 PM
Thanks for your quick reply.

I tried startx and got this:

Fatal server error:
no screens found
giving up.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to x server

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

superprash2003
February 22nd, 2009, 05:21 PM
i hope this helps http://www.prash-babu.com/2008/11/how-to-fix-no-screen-found-error-in.html

Gmagn
February 22nd, 2009, 05:44 PM
Thank you superprash2003. I followed the instructions and got this:

(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screen found
giving up.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to x server
xnit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ _

Gmagn
February 23rd, 2009, 02:41 AM
Any other ideas? Anyone else find a solution to this problem?

superprash2003
February 25th, 2009, 05:29 PM
reconfiguring the package as shown in the tutorial didnt help?

Gmagn
February 25th, 2009, 10:56 PM
superprash2003,

I went through all of the instructions and got:

(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screen found
giving up.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to x server
xnit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ _

Any other ideas? I had an easy install on my laptop and think Ubuntu is great. I would love to resurrect this old computer rather than throwing it out ...

chris200x9
February 26th, 2009, 12:10 AM
maybe try
X -configure then follow the on screen prompts

Gmagn
February 26th, 2009, 12:30 AM
Thanks, chris200x9,

I tried your suggestion and got back this:

The '-configure' option can only be used by root.

Don't quite know where to go from here?

chris200x9
February 26th, 2009, 12:52 AM
hmmm bear with me for a moment (I don't use ubuntu) maybe try
sudo X -configure and input your password.

Gmagn
February 26th, 2009, 03:22 AM
Well, I tried that and am still back at the command prompt. Here's the last couple of lines:

Your xorg.conf file is /home/ubuntu/xorg/conf.new

To test the server, run 'X -config /home/ubuntu/xorg.conf.new

I tried that and got this:

Fatal server error:
no screens found
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

chris200x9
February 26th, 2009, 04:22 AM
this may be a dumb question but, do you have a video card installed? If so are you sure it's working properly?

Gmagn
February 26th, 2009, 07:15 PM
I don't know about a video card as I mentioned it's an old computer. I can tell you that when I run the Ubuntu live CD, the Ubuntu logo is properly displayed and the progress bar also shows properly. It is only at the end of the installation process that the screen switches to a black and while command line prompt. If you think this is a video card problem can you point me in a direction to troubleshoot that, or even how to find out if this old computer has a proper video card to run Ubuntu?

Thanks.

chris200x9
February 27th, 2009, 02:10 AM
try an 'lspci' to see if you have a video card if you don't you may have to pick one up cheap

wlraider70
February 27th, 2009, 02:32 AM
This might not help but...

When i first installed ubuntu, i got the server version, because i wanted to make a server and it out mu into the command line.

the command line was way too advanced for me.

did u install the desktop version, and how about reinstalling could there have been an error in the gnome install.

Gmagn
February 27th, 2009, 02:35 AM
Thanks for staying with me on this ...

I tried the lspci and got several messages, the one I think is related is this:

00:1133.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5597/5598/63 26 VGA (rev 68)

Does this identify the video card?

Gmagn
February 27th, 2009, 02:38 AM
wlraider70,

I'm trying to install the desktop version. The command line prompts are way over my head too. It goes through the install showing the Ubuntu logo and the progress bar, then, the screen goes blank and then opens up to just the black screen with white characters and the command line interface.

wlraider70
February 27th, 2009, 03:10 AM
did u ever run from a live CD?
when you dont install the OS?

Do you get any GUI (graphical user interface) that way.

Gmagn
February 27th, 2009, 03:11 AM
Yes, I did try to install from Live CD just to try and it did the same thing.