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    X server doesn't start

    Hello I am new in linux world and it was my first experience with linux.

    I've problem with startx. If my computer boots then my computer shows me only black screen. I can choose an recovery mode from the beginning and from the recovery mode I can choose "Resume" I press enter and I have there a command line. If I login as a root and type startx then my screnn goes grey and after a while it turns to black. How can I fix this problem? I've installed ubuntu-desktop, X server and even reinstalled fglrx driver. I'm using asus p4r8l2 motherboard. You can download the manual from here: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/370...50.html#manual. Please help me!


    Sorry for my bad English I'm from Estonia.

    Mikk Kruusalu
    Last edited by mikk2; February 22nd, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    It's an old motherboard, and I doubt that Ubuntu is the best choice. How does it work in a live boot of Lubuntu 13.10?
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
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    Re: X server doesn't start

    I tryied to install Lubuntu but I choosed install Lubuntu and then the screen turned grey and then to black.

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    Ok. From a live boot please run
    Code:
    lspci | grep -i vga
    and post the results.
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    Re: X server doesn't start

    I'm so new that I don't know what means live boot. Please explain to me what it means. Sorry for this question I'm very beginner.
    I think that code needs to be: lspci | grep -i dvi. Because my screen is connected with DVI not VGA.
    Last edited by mikk2; February 22nd, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    A live boot is 'try without installing'.

    You could enter both commands and see the difference
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    Re: X server doesn't start

    Sorry that i'm so stupid but what do you mean "without installing". I need to install ubuntu to enter somthing onto command line.

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    You can boot from installation disk and click "Try Ubuntu". That will run Ubuntu from the installation media and leave the computer unchanged. Once you've done that, open a Terminal and type "lspci | grep -i vga". This reports the identity of the graphics adapter regardless of how it connects to the display.
    If you ask for help, please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    But I haven't "Try Ubuntu" option there. I'm running on ubuntu 12.04

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    Re: X server doesn't start

    mikk2; Hi !

    Not to know is not a sin ! None of us were born knowing what we know.

    Try ubuntu: ->
    Set in bios to boot the external device that you are using - as for example a DVD, as the 1st boot priority;
    As soon as the bios screen clears depress and hold the right shift key -> language screen, escape key to accept the default ->
    Boot options screen, of which one of the options is "try ubuntu without installing". -> Desk top !

    When you can access "try ubuntu" additional advise will be provided.

    my little bit to help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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