X Server fails to start on fresh install

  • Envergure
Posted: Thu, 12/11/2008 - 23:59
X Server fails to start on fresh installation with error "no screens found". Looking at the detailed putput reveals: -- A number of fonts folders not found -- An NVIDIA driver that supports a long list of GeForce #s, 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s and some Quadros. My chip is a GeForce 8600M GT and is not on the list. -- "Fata error: No screens found" Then it takes me to a command line.

hi first post here, really

  • beatniks3
  • 08/23/09
  • Sun, 08/23/2009 - 16:30
hi first post here, really would like to get 64studio working on my eeepc 900A, i loaded the 64 studio live iso to usb stick using unetbootin but i get the same error message as this thread "x-server fails to start" "no screen" i believe this netbook using integrated intel graphics, should be pretty compatible i would think. can any give some advice on how to get this working? i read that there is a netbook version or that 64studio is netbook compatible, but i'm not finding very much info via search. thanks for any advice.

I sure hope 3.0 installer

  • BubbaBlues_1
  • 08/17/09
  • Mon, 08/17/2009 - 18:29
I sure hope 3.0 installer works better than this. It's just b.s. having to jump through hoops to make an installer work when it should already be set to go. If I had known it didn't work I wouldn't have wasted my time and a dvd with it.

more mount partition

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Tue, 03/31/2009 - 06:12
You can also mount one partition from another: $ sudo fdisk -l $ $ sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sda4 /mnt/ $ ls -a /mnt/ Do your repair\recovery and then unmount the partition. $ sudo umount /mnt/ /dev/sda4 is just an example, use hd? or sd? depending on the contents of /dev/..... Cheers! Dave.

Try the following. From the

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Mon, 03/30/2009 - 19:51
Try the following. From the CLI of 64studio, login as user. Plug the USB stick and then do: #these are my comments $sudo fdisk -l #(letter l). This lists drives and partitions You should see the stick, named as /dev/sdx where x can be a b or c. You'll guess it. If the stick is not partitioned, you'll have a /dev/sdx1. Then look if it has mounted automatically with: $df With a bit of luck, it will be mounted at /media/disk or similar. That's the directory where you have to look at. Then navigate to this directory with $cd /media/disk Check taht the drive is there with: $ls Then follow Dave's instructions from the point he says: Change directory to where your nvidia driver downloaded. You have to do this as root, i.e., put "sudo" before the commands. Use TAB to autocomplete: (sudo sh NVI(TAB to autocomplete)). It saves time and avoids typos. If "df" doesn't see /dev/sdx1 as mounted on /dev/disk or whatever mount point, you'll have to mount it manually. Give the output of $sudo fdisk -l and we will guide you or you can google or look at the ubuntu forums. You need to know the system file of the USB stick to mount it correctly. Cheers! Pablo

driver downloads

  • psili sausage
  • 03/30/09
  • Mon, 03/30/2009 - 13:02
This may seem stupid, but I'm having issues installing the driver for my GF8600GT: I get the X-server error message and am booted to the console, so I used an Ubuntu Live Cd to download the correct driver. The only problem is I don't have access to the Studio64 partition to save it, and cannot access other drives I have it saved to when I try to run Studio64... I guess what I'm saying is I need the console command to switch drives. After googling for a while I decided "mount" was the command I'm after but I can't figure out how to use it. I currently have the driver on a separate partition on my hdd and also on a usb stick.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 03/07/2009 - 19:41
I have installed the 2.6.29 source code and tried to install the nvidia drivers on my system, but I keep running into hurdles. There is a problem with the /usr/src/linux/version.h file, even after I made one... We have to wait for the official release of kernel 2.6.29 before the kbuild packages can be built...


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 03/03/2009 - 06:00
I will take a look at this tonight


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Wed, 02/25/2009 - 10:10
You have to change the driver to VESA, look in the installation troubleshooting page of the 64 Studio manual

I have a similar problem, I

  • Taika-Kim
  • 02/25/09
  • Wed, 02/25/2009 - 08:18
I have a similar problem, I have a Radeon X850 XT, and the X Server fails to start with an error message "can't find display" (amongst some others) I have the Ati driver downloaded from their site, but how do I change directory to the USB stick? Is it possible to start X in VGA mode somehow? And anyway, why VGA is not the default? (I hate to make a comparison, but I've never had a problem with Windows installing, whereas Fedoracore, Ubuntu Studio, and Dyne:bolic ALL had some problems with installing...) Also, I don't have an internet connection at my home. Is it even a good idea to try to install a Linux system? At least Ubuntu Studio was very dependent on the net, the basic install didn't include many things that I needed, and installing them by hand was almost impossible for somebody who does not want to spend a lot of time configuring the computer from the console... Anyway I would like to try out Studio64 now that EnergyXT runs on Linux too...

my hero!!

  • SEO Honolulu
  • 07/08/08
  • Fri, 01/16/2009 - 17:56
@skullnotions - you are a god amongst men. I owe you a really big beer :) It WORKED! I now have a working copy of 64Studio 2.1 with full use of my nVidia card and all the features. For anyone interested, or if it helps anyone with the same problem, here are my system specs; 64Studio 2.1 (fresh install) 64 bit nVidia display drivers version 180.22 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400 Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI G-Skill 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 PCI SCEPTRE X9WG-NagaV Black 19" 8ms Widescreen HD Ready LCD Monitor Logitech G5 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse Kingston Silent Touch Keyboard


  • SEO Honolulu
  • 07/08/08
  • Thu, 01/15/2009 - 22:48
You sir, are a rock star. Thank you very much. I will keep you posted on my adventure. Is this a common method to fix this issue?


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07


  • SEO Honolulu
  • 07/08/08
  • Thu, 01/15/2009 - 22:14
2.1 install I imagine I'm going to need to wget the driver huh? And if that's the case, I need to figure out the right URL. But since I'm unable to get to a desktop, that's gonna be tricky. Right now using my computer at work but since its a government system, the web filtering system blocks me from even going to the nvidia page itself lol. Any chance you could reply back to me with a direct url to wget that package? Funny thing, I grabbed the 3.0 alpha last night, burned it and tried to install it but it gave me some message about installing without a kernel. So not being sure what that was about, I opted out of the install lol. I will definitely try out what you posted here, it looks like it's a pretty well rounded measure to use.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 01/15/2009 - 22:11
I am making this sticky now... I'll take it off after 3.0 is released with the new nvidia drivers Cheers, Q

which version

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Fri, 01/16/2009 - 09:26
Which version of 64studio are you running 2.1 or 3.0 alpha? As Quentin says you need to install the binary driver from the nvidia download site, but if you've installed the drivers from 64studio repo's, remove them first. If you're on the new 3.0 alpha (hardy) release check out the post nVidia binary driver install here: The 2.1 version is very similar: Download the nvidia driver from the download site. Make selection for your version from here Log out of your desktop & log into a console [ctrl] + [alt] + [f1] as root. Change directory to where your nvidia driver downloaded. cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf2 telinit 3 /etc/init.d/gdm stop export CC=gcc-4.1 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.14.12-pkg1.run (use your version). nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf change "nv" to "nvidia" ReBoot Cheers! dave Edit: Tidy up a bit.

same problem fixed

  • haseus
  • 03/03/09
  • Tue, 03/03/2009 - 03:45
had same problem on fresh install, the posted instructions worked fine
PNY VERTO Nvidia 9600 GSO 768MB
using driver: 'NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.29-pkg2.run'
Sceptre 24"
now need to figure out how to config 2nd 24" screen

Is this also the right step

  • SEO Honolulu
  • 07/08/08
  • Thu, 01/15/2009 - 18:03
Is this also the right step for the 8600gts? I have tried what was mentioned in this thread (http://www.64studio.com/node/733) as well which instructs people to load the correct nvidia driver & dependencies using apt-get, then editing the xorg.conf driver from "nv" to "nvidia". Also during the install I only allowed the resolution to go up to 1024x768. My monitor does go up to 1440x900, but I wanted to play it safe for now. No dice. I just get a black screen after the splash loads. It's not an issue with the monitor going out of range either since the monitor didn't flicker or anything. So after that I went back to editing xorg.conf to load the vesa driver instead of "nvidia". Got the loading splash then the monitor completely freaked on me and went out of range. I plan on going back in after getting the exact vert and horizontal frequencies for my monitor and allowing only those in xorg.conf. Any other suggestions?


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 12/12/2008 - 06:12
for the 8600 GT you need a later driver from the nvidia site. Follow the instructions on their download page to get it going.