HELP Xserver cannot start

wgscott ulist at gs1.ubuntuforums.org
Fri Sep 16 20:43:24 BST 2005


Thomas Kaiser (ubuntu) Wrote: 
> alves5 at cantv.net wrote:
> > Now when I boot it shows a blue (!) screen with a gray box that says:
> "I 
> > cannot start the X server (your graphical interface). [...] Would you
> 
> > like to view the X server output to diagnose the problem?"
> > No matter what I answer, it freezes there.
> > 
> Do you use the nvidia graphics driver (this one from nvidid) and did a 
> security update lately?
> 
> I had excatly the same problem and solved it with reinstalling the 
> nvidia graphics driver.
> 
> Regards, Thomas
> 
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Thanks for posting this advice.  I too had the same problem.  I think
the key step was 



md5sum /etc/X11/xorg.conf | sudo tee /var/lib/xfree86/xorg.conf.md5sum



I did the reinstall, and was prompted for this afterwords.  That should
have been run automatically as part of the security update, IMHO.  I
think the average non-geek would have been up the creek.


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