Fatal server error: No screens found.

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 29 02:06:09 UTC 2016

Mark nash composed on 2016-08-28 00:00 (UTC-0400):

> I am a first year computer science student and would like to use my
> chromebook to do things. I decided to watch some YouTube videos and
> crouton my chromebook with Ubuntu.

> It seems like a common problem. On the internet with no clear solution.
> The attached picture is a picture of my error message that comes up after
> being asked to put in a username and password, and entering sudo
> startunity.

> I looked on your website and found out that my error has something to do
> with a graphics card. Other than that, it was difficult to comprehend what
> I should do to correct the issue and be able to use Ubuntu.

> Here is some information:

> I am using a Poin2 Chromebook.

> I tried this whole process about seven times with other flavors of Linux
> like LXDE, AND XFCE.

Those "flavors" are desktop flavors, not distro flavors. Desktop flavors
themselves usually aren't directly responsible for errors like you have
encountered. Other distro flavors would be such as Linuxmint, Fedora, Mageia,
openSUSE and Debian. Ubuntu itself is a Debian derivative, while Xubuntu and
Kubuntu are Ubuntu releases with desktops other than Ubuntu'x Unity default.

> If any more information I needed, please let me know.

More information is needed, but you can help yourself by ensuring the release
you choose to try is newer than your Chromebook's design. Those messages are
typical of hardware that's too new to be supported by an official
distribution release.

So, take a look at the distro release dates on http://distrowatch.com/ and
see if any you tried that failed are new enough. If not, pick another that
is, if you can find one, and try again.

If you can't find one new enough to support your hardware, it means you
either need to wait until one comes along that is new enough, or to try to
install a development version of something that does include necessary
support. Devel versions mean unresolved bugs are expected, so installing one
is not usually recommended for a Linux novice.

To see if we can help with what you already have installed we need to see
more information, such as output from the 'lspci'command as a start, and the
content of either of the files /var/log/Xorg.0.log and /var/log/Xorg.1.log if
either exist. (Newest versions have moved those logs elsewhere.) Very important
is exactly which Ubuntu version you have installed now, which will be obvious
to us *if* we can see see either of those logs.

Places to start self help before accumulating more information to provide
here, if you haven't seen them already, might be:

"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

 Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

Felix Miata  ***  http://fm.no-ip.com/

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