Can't Install Kubuntu 8.10 Properly - HELP!!

Joel Oliver joelol75 at verizon.net
Mon Jan 26 01:11:48 UTC 2009


Also, in the console, check out the log file for your X session, it 
sounds like a video card issue.

less /var/log/Xorg.0.log

With the newer versions of Ubuntu/Kubuntu, it really doesn't install 
much of a xorg.conf file which makes it harder to change some options 
and troubleshoot.  BTW the proper way to start/stop your X sessions 
after modifying your xorg.conf file (or any other  tweak) is:

sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop

and

sudo /etc/init.d/kdm start

you can also use:

sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart

You didn't mention what brand of video card you're using, but sometimes, 
just removing (Better to rename, for testing) your xorg.conf file 
magically fixes these problems.

So you can try:

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

and then restart X

sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart

to see if that works.  It does sound like a video card/compositing issue 
though.

Since there's really no xorg.conf file, a barebones structure can help.  
Please don't use this one, but it will give you an idea on the layout if 
needed.  This is for an NVidia card using the restricted drivers.  If 
similar to yours, you may need to change the BusID "PCI:0:5:0" to match 
where your card is installed.  This is automatically figured now, but to 
find where your card is, use the lspci command.  Mine shows up as:
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Host Bridge (rev a2)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 0 (rev a2)
00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 1 (rev a2)
00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 5 (rev a2)
00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 4 (rev a2)
00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Host Bridge (rev a2)
00:00.6 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 3 (rev a2)
00:00.7 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C51 Memory Controller 2 (rev a2)
*00:05.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C51PV [GeForce 
6150] (rev a2)*
00:09.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Host Bridge (rev a2)
00:0a.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP51 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:0a.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP51 SMBus (rev a2)
00:0a.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Memory Controller 0 (rev a2)
00:0b.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP51 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:0b.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP51 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:0d.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP51 IDE (rev a1)
00:0e.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Serial ATA Controller 
(rev a1)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Serial ATA Controller 
(rev a1)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP51 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:10.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio 
(rev a2)
00:14.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP51 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] 
HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] 
Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] 
DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] 
Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A 
IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
01:09.0 PCI bridge: Hint Corp HB6 Universal PCI-PCI bridge 
(non-transparent mode) (rev 11)
02:08.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC16 
(CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)
02:09.0 Multimedia video controller: Internext Compression Inc iTVC16 
(CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder (rev 01)

Of course i'm just trying to give troubleshooting ideas.  The best info 
you can get is from your X log file!  Also adding this section into your 
xorg.conf file will shut off compositing:

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "false"
EndSection
 
I don't have it added into mine as it works fine w/o it for me... Just 
try some different settings.  Again here's a sample xorg.conf file which 
WILL NOT WORK for you, but may give you a 'skeleton' to work on one for 
yourself.  I wish they would give one by default as all this 
"autoconfiguring" doesn't always work as expected.  So try running 
without a xorg.conf file.  Then try moving it back and add the three 
lines above to it and see if it helps.  Of course check the 
/var/log/Xorg.0.log file every step of the way for info...  Also the 
command:

dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-*xorg

*
Will reconfigure the xserver and allow you to setup your 
video/keyboard/mouse and write a new xorg.conf file.










# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings:  version 1.0  (buildmeister at builder26)  Wed Sep 12 
14:29:53 PDT 2007

# 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 xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man 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
# package.
#
# 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

Section "ServerLayout"

# Uncomment if you have a wacom tablet
#    InputDevice     "stylus"    "SendCoreEvents"
#    InputDevice     "cursor"    "SendCoreEvents"
#    InputDevice     "eraser"    "SendCoreEvents"
    Identifier     "Default Layout"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Generic Keyboard"
    InputDevice    "Configured Mouse"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "Module"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option         "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver         "kbd"
    Option         "CoreKeyboard"
    Option         "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option         "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option         "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Configured Mouse"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "CorePointer"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option         "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "stylus"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "stylus"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "eraser"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "eraser"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "cursor"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "cursor"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "LCM-22w3"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 82.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 76.0
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "Unknown"
    ModelName      "WDE LCM-22w3"
    HorizSync       30.0 - 82.0
    VertRefresh     56.0 - 76.0
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "nVidia Corporation C51PV [GeForce 6150]"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    BusID          "PCI:0:5:0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Videocard0"
    Driver         "nvidia"
    VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName      "GeForce 6150"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Default Screen"
    Device         "nVidia Corporation C51PV [GeForce 6150]"
    Monitor        "LCM-22w3"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Modes      "1680x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1280x800" 
"1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Videocard0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    Option         "TwinView" "0"
    Option         "metamodes" "1680x1050_60 +0+0; 1680x1050 +0+0; 
1280x1024 +0+0; 1280x960 +0+0; 1280x800 +0+0; 1152x864 +0+0; 1024x768 
+0+0; 800x600 +0+0; 640x480 +0+0"
EndSection





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