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[Solved] X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby noober1983 » 2019-05-05 02:30

Hello all.
I installed Testing on an Asus TP210S (ISO file downloaded from https://ftp.acc.umu.se/cdimage/unoffici ... 64/iso-cd/, not the "edu" one), but X won't start. Here's Xorg.0.log from that laptop: https://pastebin.com/u8nJc5pr.
I installed the packages intel-microcode and firmware-misc-nonfree but it still doesn't start X.
When I query "lsmod|grep -i vga" nothing is returned. The package xserver-xorg-video-intel is installed; I report on this because the last time I had this problem on another laptop, it was solved by installing this package.
On running "inxi -Gx" I found out that the driver loaded is modsetting, and it marks fbdev, vesa as unloaded; when trying to load vesa I get the error "FATAL: Module vesa not found in directory /lib/modules/4.19.0-4-amd64/"; when I try loading fbdev no error is produced but then I run lsmod|grep fbdev and nothing appears. Here's the output of "lsmod|grep -i video": https://pastebin.com/nahAuKFi
Two other things:
1. Whenever I start the laptop, one of the first messages on screen is "Resuming from hibernation", which is quite odd because I just installed the system and haven't enabled hibernation (and I'm not planning on doing it).
2. If left to itself, after about 5 minutes without a login, the laptop will automatically shutdown.
Any suggestions? I really want to install Testing on this one, specifically because of the more updated version of TeXLive, and because I bought this laptop to use at the office.
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby 4D696B65 » 2019-05-05 02:34

noober1983 wrote:When I query "lsmod|grep -i vga" nothing is returned.

What about
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lspci|grep -i vga
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby Dai_trying » 2019-05-05 08:00

I think this line is relevant
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[    29.163] (EE) modeset(0): failed to set mode: Invalid argument

I have the same problem with my dell laptop and the workaround I used was to create an xorg.conf file and place it in any of the relevant places (I used /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/)
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-05-05 10:54

And try the RC1 installer instead of the alpha version.
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby noober1983 » 2019-05-05 17:06

4D696B65 wrote:
noober1983 wrote:When I query "lsmod|grep -i vga" nothing is returned.

What about
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lspci|grep -i vga

Yeah, sorry:
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00:02.0 VGA Compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 35)

Also, this is the output of inxi -Gx --display on a normal user (no root):
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Graphics:  Device-1: Intel Atom/Celeron/Pentium Processor x5-E8000/J3xxx/N3xxx Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel
           Display: tty server: X.org 1.20.3 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa tty: 170x48
           Message: No advanced graphics data found on this system.


Dai_trying wrote:I think this line is relevant
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[    29.163] (EE) modeset(0): failed to set mode: Invalid argument

I have the same problem with my dell laptop and the workaround I used was to create an xorg.conf file and place it in any of the relevant places (I used /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/)

Hi, thanks. What did you put on your xorg.conf file?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:And try the RC1 installer instead of the alpha version.

Should I try the "edu" version? It says it's designed specifically for Intel 64-bit machines.

Thank you all!
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-05-05 17:18

noober1983 wrote:
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:And try the RC1 installer instead of the alpha version.

Should I try the "edu" version?

Not unless you want a version designed for schools & colleges.

To force the Intel DDX driver, create a file at /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf with this content:
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Section "Device"
   Identifier "Intel Graphics"
   Driver "intel"
   #Option "TearFree" "yes"
EndSection

If you get any screen tearing then un-comment the Option line.
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby Dai_trying » 2019-05-05 18:48

What I did was to boot by editing the grub entry (press e at grub screen) and add "single" (without the quotes) to the end of the line that starts "Linux" and then press ctrl+x or F10 and when prompted enter the root password.
Then I entered the command
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Xorg -configure
which should create an xorg.conf file (xorg.conf.new) you can copy and rename it to xorg.conf
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cp xorg.conf.new /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/xorg.conf
then type "exit" and it should get you into the gui (fingers crossed).
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Re: X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby noober1983 » 2019-05-05 22:45

Dai_trying wrote:What I did was to boot by editing the grub entry (press e at grub screen) and add "single" (without the quotes) to the end of the line that starts "Linux" and then press ctrl+x or F10 and when prompted enter the root password.
Then I entered the command
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Xorg -configure
which should create an xorg.conf file (xorg.conf.new) you can copy and rename it to xorg.conf
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cp xorg.conf.new /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/xorg.conf
then type "exit" and it should get you into the gui (fingers crossed).


This worked! Thanks a lot!
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Re: [Solved] X won't start on Buster, Asus TP210S

Postby Dai_trying » 2019-05-06 07:47

You're welcome :D
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