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17th March 2008, 03:43
I made a big mistake today, i changed the
file X11/xorg.conf without making a backup
for it, i was trying to correct the screen resolution,
which i was having hard time with it every time it
turns on, so i tried to fix the problem to start the
GUI startx but for some hours now i didn't get anywhere,
i tried dpkg-reconfigure and after 1/2 hour
questions it gave me this message:
"xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customized configuration file; backup in/etc/X11/xorg.conf.20070729111015."
second time i got priority set to -1 cannot exec.
then i started the server and got the same message i used to get:
your xserver is not configured right it will be detected. I push OK
nothing happen, i tried 4 CD's rescue and Knoppix everything possible
I can't get into the server, i need a big help on this one please.
I even tried to overwrite the file with a backup orginal one and got:
access denied & i login as root, try to delete what i added and
save it access denied also, like noway of doing anything.
tried to make it read write doesn't work either.
when i try the command startx --logverobose i got:
connection refused cannot connect to x server
No such process server error error (111)
exec of /usr/bin/Xorg failed
Thanks very much any help will be appreciated.
18th March 2008, 00:15
I manage from a single user boot on grub to
make the /etc/X11/xorg.conf read-write and
open it correct the screen resolution but this
didn't change the boot, i heard this file has a
syslink with another xorg file, may be this is
the reason that is not working if they are not
the same unless the linked file updates itself
i didn't get any reply so far and can't get
into the GUI, each time i try i got a message:
"your graphical interface is not configured
correctly" in the xorg.conf the driver is 100%
I am still trying hoping somebody will help me
with this problem that put me Nowhere.
Thanks in advance again :mad:
18th March 2008, 15:30
What's the output of ls -la /etc/X11?
18th March 2008, 18:12
Thanks very much i appreciate your reply,
i been trying for a few days with no luck
and for me it is not an easy job to start
fresh again after all i did with your help
to make the server stable, to make the
I ran this command of course from the
cmd line and all i can see is :
there is xorg.conf + alot of reconfiguration
files with numbers at the end 32456789
as a result of me trying to dpkg-reconfigure
anothe 2 files xorg.save,save1 also most
of those files include xorg.conf are rwxrwxrwx
and i did that myself from the cmd also
i was able to correct the /etc/X11/xorg.conf
after i made the attributes to rw i used knoppoix
also i download the nvidia TnT2 from their site
and try to install it from the cmd line but
there was an error: cannot fine kernel-source
anyway i tried to let the installer connect
tp download the kernel-source but says
cannot connect! , i don't know why? the
connection is working, sorry i can't remeber
all the output because you know it is on dos
screen and i can't print it.
I am just NOwhere with the server, also i found
out alot of people have the same problem
with the xorg and nVidia card.
I am trying as much as how many commands
that i learned from you.
I just wonder if i uninstall GDM and reinstall it again
is that will make it better?
Thanks alot very very much.:mad:
19th March 2008, 01:31
try the following:
First rename your xorg.conf to keep it as backup and to make sure that no xorg.conf exists.
sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
After that create a new one.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
Hope that works for you.
19th March 2008, 01:57
I used knippox and was able to copy my /etc/X11
drwxr-xr-x 19 root root 60 Mar 18 2008 .
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 540 Mar 18 19:39 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 Nov 17 2006 X -> /usr/bin/Xorg
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3033 Dec 21 2006 XF86Config.in
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1027 Feb 22 2006 XftConfig
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 884 Dec 5 2005 Xloadimage
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jan 3 2007 Xresources
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 243 Dec 11 2001 Xserver.xserver-common-backup
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3340 Apr 2 2004 Xsession
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jan 3 2007 Xsession.d
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 265 Nov 29 2005 Xsession.options
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 13 May 7 2006 XvMCConfig
-rw------- 1 root root 616 May 4 2006 Xwrapper.config
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 6144 Jan 1 2007 app-defaults
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 13 Jan 4 2004 default-display-manager
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jan 2 2007 fluxbox
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 2048 May 4 2006 fonts
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jan 2 2007 icewm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-3dlabs
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-8514
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-agx
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-fbdev
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-ggi
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-i128
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-mach32
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-mach64
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-mach8
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-mono
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-p9000
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-s3
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-s3v
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-svga
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-vga16
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 May 11 2001 newxserver.xserver-w32
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 17371 Nov 29 2005 rgb.txt
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 2048 Apr 10 2006 rstart
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 2048 Sep 24 2001 ru
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 11088 Jan 2 2007 rxvt.menu
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jun 5 2001 sawmill
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jul 25 2005 sysconfig
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Jan 2 2007 twm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Dec 23 2006 xawtvrc
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 29 2006 xdm
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 9 2005 xfce4
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Aug 29 2006 xinit
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 2048 Jun 2 2006 xkb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 10734 Mar 18 2008 xorg.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9669 Feb 22 2006 xorg.conf.200602221933
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9196 May 4 2006 xorg.conf.20060504173856
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5333 Dec 21 2006 xorg.conf.in
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Dec 18 2006 xserver
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2048 Apr 10 2006 xsm
also here is the output of xorg.conf:
# /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the /etc/X11/xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man /etc/X11/xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
# path to defoma fonts
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Identifier "nVidia Corporation NV5M64 [RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro]"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "nVidia Corporation NV5M64 [RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro]"
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x800" "1280x768" "1200x800" "1152x864" "1152x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
also when i try to write Startx i got 3 errors :
X:cannot stat /etc/X11/X (no such file or directory) aborting....
Xinit : connection refused (errorno 111) unable to connect to X server.
Xinit : No such process (error 3) server error.
Thanks very much again for your support:)
19th March 2008, 15:14
Have you tried what Olli suggested?
19th March 2008, 17:15
Yes i did and it results in a new xorg.conf, but the xserver still the same
when i start, what i think is either something missing or some file is not at
the right place, or some file corrupted, just to be specific :
like some people says in the forum that the xorg suppose to be in /usr/lib
instead of /usr/bin.
I don't know which is which any more, using knoppix i was able to post
the contents, i just don't understand all it is that i added to the mode
1024X768 and that scrambled the whole thing, it is just alot of work to
start fresh after all this work i have done on this server.
could it be missing symlink ? I download the driver and each time i try
to install it from the command line it says : cannot find kernel-source
for your version (2.6.18-6-686) then offer to download it, i said OK
i got : cannot find your version on the download ! , then i download
the kernel-source and extract it , and came to a point where it says
(if you know where is your source you can direct to it) and does not
give you chance to find it , nothing it just goes out.
it is a irritating situation that you don't know where to go, and you
can't get into your server because of very simple thing you i did.
Thanks alot for your support:)
19th March 2008, 18:49
you can try to revert all the changes you made - you have pasted your working configuration here (http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21232). That was the configuration on this server, right? But you wrote that it was working after the changes - so are this new problems, or the result of the changes to the available resolutions?
19th March 2008, 20:40
Thanks Olli for your reply.
Yes this was the configuration i made when you suggest it and was ok, i didn't
change anything, then for no reason startx is gone and when that happened, i did
dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg.conf
and it finished the auto config.
try to startx again after reboot , the same.
I just don't get it , what is causing that !
Now i may ask you another thing:
I run apt-get upgrade hoping that may be correct this problem, and it ran
at the end gave me error and said "please run apt-get update to correct this problem"
then i close it that was the only way, and ran apt-get update and that is what
i got :
W: There is no public key available for the following key IDs:
W: GPG error: http://sidux.com sid Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 3916C431F80994F6
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
this was not their before , i ran the apt-get always i never get this message
it just came after the upgrade stop.
It is just weird that these things happing for no reason.
Thanks alot again for your help:)
19th March 2008, 22:22
maybe you should try to use your xorg configuration that you've posted here (http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21232) - you know, the configuration with the resolution problems. If it works, you would have at least a desktop for now - or rather a working xorg.conf that you can use if further configuration changes fail.
Btw, the gpg error you got is nothing dramatically and does not relate to your xorg configuration. This could happen from time to time.
20th March 2008, 02:39
Thanks to everybody contribute in helping on this post
comes to find out that each time i make reconfigure
to autodetect it put different input devices and
I solved the problem by little agressive step, uninstalling
xserver* and reinstall it, then reconfigure it.
Alot of thanks to all of you for your support.
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