Small trouble configuring Intel 82852/855GM video card

Nicolas Kovacs info at
Wed Sep 21 08:49:12 UTC 2011


I just installed Kubuntu 10.04 LTS (using the Alternate CD) on a Toshiba 
Tecra laptop. After the first reboot, I got a blank screen and the thing 
appeared to have frozen. No way to open a text console. I hard-rebooted 
it and got to a text login.

Now I remember having setup the same system on an older Fujitsu laptop 
that gave me the same troubles with a similar Intel card. So I edited 
/etc/modprobe.d/i915-kms.conf like this:

options i915 modeset=1

I rebuilt the initrd:

# update-initramfs -u

I rebooted and I got it almost perfect, which means I get a text login, 
but after logging in, I can invoke 'startx' and now X runs fine.

My question now: how do I get X to launch automatically. I've just been 
using good old Slackware for the last three months, and I've been 
searching in vain for /etc/inittab. How does *buntu 10.04 do things?

Cheers from the sunny South of France,

Niki Kovacs
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