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I run two machines, one with Windows XP, and the other for trying out Linux.
On my Linux machine I have successfully installed and run Slackware 10.1, Suse 9.2, and Ubuntu. I recently received with Linux Format magazine a double-sided DVD with Fedora Core 4 on one side, and on the other side Debian 3.1 which I have been waiting for, and had heard good things about the new Debian installer.
I installed Debian 3.1 OK but at the first boot the screen flashed a few times, then I got the message "I could not start the Xserver . . . .", then "I have stopped GDM . . . ", and it returned to the flashing prompt. As I am not yet comfortable in using the command line, I re-installed Debian three more times using all the possible graphics drivers, still with no success. I flipped the DVD to start installing Fedora, and Anaconda immediately identified my exact monitor, graphics card, and sound card, and started a GUI install.
This Debian problem is really disappointing because Yast and Anaconda have no problem at all in setting up my hardware, and continuing their GUI installations.
I don't want to give up on Debian so would be very grateful is somebody could explain to me the commands necessary to start an x-windows set up for Debian from the prompt.

nano -w /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

(or vi /etc/X11/XF86Config-4)

Make sure the driver for video is VESA, and that your monitor's vert/horz rates are set correctly. Then type startx, and it should work.
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