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x server failed to start- Linux Debian?
05-30-2014, 07:07 PM
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x server failed to start- Linux Debian?
I was trying to configure the resolution of my laptop, when i restarted i get this error, do i need to reinstall the entire system? research on the internet helped a little, X -configure was helpful, it told me that the error was that the system couldn't find a mouse! how can i edit the x server file from the command line so as to fix this, please any suggestions would be extremely thanked...please!

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05-30-2014, 07:10 PM
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Try editing the xorg.conf and changing the resolution back to what it was.
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05-30-2014, 07:26 PM
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dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

or

there is a file like "xorg.conf.backup" and simply copy it's content to the "xorg.conf"

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05-30-2014, 07:32 PM
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Most Linux Distros do not run well on laptops.

To find out what distro works on your laptop, by make & model, go here:
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05-30-2014, 07:46 PM
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Let me emphasize what was said above:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Any time you edit the xorg.config file on debian in ANY other way you have a ticking time bomb which will blow up as soon as xserver-xorg ges updated. And it will. The first choice is usually mouse. I find even for laptops it usually works best if I choose ps2 for mouse configuration. You will also have to tell it your keyboard, graphics card and choose a resolution for your monitor so you may have to run it a couple of times to get a server you are comfortable with (I know I did) but that's how you do it. If you want to edit xorg.config by hand use Slackware or Gentoo.

Oh, notice I said sudo? You can only run dpkg-reconfigure as root. I advocate using sudo for root access -- wherever possible to the exclusion of other methods. If you don't have access to sudo yet edit your /etc/sudoers file and put your user name in under root.
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