Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Xubuntu won't work on my Dell

David McGlone d.mcglone at att.net
Fri Dec 12 18:28:35 UTC 2008

On Friday 12 December 2008 9:46:06 am Peter Shepherd wrote:
> It boots, but does not load the X system.  No error messages.
> I can log in OK, then it goes to the flash screen, and each part appears to
> load properly until the end when it should open up to the desktop, it just
> sits there.
> My version of Kubuntu, etc.  is Intrepid.  I have not tried any of the
> older versions yet.
> 'll have to wait till I get home this evening to try out your suggestion.
> Please explain how to load x.org and copy it over - I am definitely not a
> computer expert.
> Also, I gave my daughter a used Dell Precision laptop, and loaded it with
> Kubuntu.  It works perfectly, except everything (panels, icons, font, etc.)
> is too small.  I tried changing the display parameters, and it helps until
> I reboot, it goes back to small.
> Peter
> > Your email says your computer won't boot.  Do you get any error
> > messages? I suspect that the computer may be booting, but just not
> > loading the X system correctly.  Try hitting ALT-CNTRL-BACKSPACE to see
> > if you can get a shell.  If so, then load up Mepis, save the X.org file
> > and when you load Kubuntu, copy the X.org file over.

This was the problem I was having last month, I managed to get it working by 
pushing the "auto" button on my monitor and it gave me a little bit of a 
desktop, enough to be able to install the restricted drivers.

So It's gotta be your X configuration.
David M.

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