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I've tried the latest debian and ubuntu installations.  I can't get in to GNOME or KDE.  I keep getting a "no screens found" error when i run "startx".

I am using two ATI FireGL v5600 graphics cards, i currently have Ubuntu Jaunty installed.
I am using an HP xv4600 pc.

Any help would be appreciated.
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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Current Jaunty alpha  version does not include any ATI proprietary driver yet...
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That's fine, at this point I'll install any linux/bsd release that gets me in GNOME/KDE.  My computer (HP xw4600) was blacklisted for a while but it looks like kernal 2.6.27-stable fixes the problem ->  http://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/5490/

I've tried the following releases:
7.1-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso
archlinux-2009.02-core-x86_64.iso
debian-500-amd64-DVD-1.iso
debian-500-amd64-DVD-2.iso
debian-500-amd64-DVD-3.iso
debian-500-amd64-DVD-4.iso
F10-i686-Live.iso
Fedora-10-x86_64-DVD.iso
Fedora-10-x86_64-DVD_001.iso
Fedora-11-Alpha-x86_64-DVD.iso
jaunty-alternate-amd64.iso
jaunty-alternate-i386.iso
jaunty-desktop-amd64.iso
mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-dvd-x86_64_001.iso
PCBSD7.0.2-x64-DVD.iso
pclinuxos-2007.iso

i can't seem to get in to GNOME/KDE in any of them.. i've wasted two days on this and am really starting to hope i don't have to install windows.  Ideas?
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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What about ubuntu Intrepid 8.10? That's the current release, jaunty is still in alpha version.
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8.10 has an older kernal than the fix.  if i try "try  ubuntu without any changes to your computer" it just locks up.
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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Current intrepid kernel is  2.6.27-11
The LiveCD has an older kernel, so you should install and dist-upgrade it.

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i've installed ubuntu-8.10-alternate-amd64.iso  but i don't know how to upgrade it to latest kernal

i tried:
apt-get install update-manager-core
do-release-upgrade
apt-get install procps
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just this simple:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

the new kernel should come down...
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sweet, it is downloading and installing stuff since i typed those commands.  after it finishes... should i just try a startx ?
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by:Fabio Marzocca
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No, you must restart as you are installing a new kernel.
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i restarted and ran startx.  i am seeing:
"
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-16-server x86_64
Current Operating System: linux 2.6.27-11-generic #1 SMP Thu Jan 29 X86_64

Fatal server error:
no screens found
giving up."
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OMFG I AM IN GNOME!!! YESSS!! YOU ROCK!!!!!
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