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January 15th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Hi, I recently installed ubuntu 10.10 on my old Toshiba A100 where I've been running XP and mint - different hard drives though - with no problems for ages. The installation went fine, I can log in with my user account, but after that the screen shows only the wallpaper (with the mouse enabled). Any hints on how to troubleshoot it ?

These are the Xorg (http://paste.ly/3s1g) and the messages (http://paste.ly/3s1s) log files.


January 15th, 2011, 01:10 PM
what graphics card do you have installed?

Try these commands from the terminal (either in safe graphics mode or recovery mode):

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

January 15th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Thanks for your reply. I could successfuly load X in safe mode (it looks just perfect). When I run the commands you mentioned I get:

mv: cannot stat `/etc/X11/xorg.conf': No such file or directory


Package `xserver-org' is not installed and no info is available.
Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files,
and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.

Now, is there a simple way to make this safe-mode the default so I don't have to go throught the recovery mode every time ?

January 15th, 2011, 01:46 PM
Okay, we are making progress. Still need to know what graphics card you have please.

January 15th, 2011, 01:59 PM
I forgot to post it ... my card is:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M24 [Radeon Mobility X600] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device ff10
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
Memory at 90000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
I/O ports at c000 [size=256]
Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at 98000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [58] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Kernel driver in use: radeon
Kernel modules: radeon

January 15th, 2011, 02:05 PM
I think you may need to configure the drivers for it.

This is what I found:

Hope this helps.