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root@thewhitewox:~# startx

X.Org X Server 1.7.6
Release Date: 2010-03-17
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-29-server i686 Ubuntu
Current Operating System: Linux thewhitewox 2.6.18-238.9.1.el5.028stab089.1 #1 SMP Thu Apr 14 14:06:01 MSD 2011 i686
Kernel command line: quiet
Build Date: 20 October 2011  03:05:54PM
xorg-server 2:1.7.6-2ubuntu7.10 (For technical support please see ww w.ubuntu . com/support)
Current version of pixman: 0.16.4
        Before reporting problems, check http: //
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
        (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
        (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Tue Nov 15 00:50:32 2011
(==) Using config directory: "/usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d"

Fatal server error:
xf86OpenConsole: Cannot open /dev/tty0 (No such file or directory)

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
         at http ://
 for help.
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

 ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log

What does this mean and how can I fix it?

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There is no /dev/tty0 file, that usually means two things:

  • You are running a virtual server with no VGA (and ssh-ing to it, of course)
  • There is some problem with udev

If you are in a real machine, you can try to reinstall udev.

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Based on "2.6.24-29-server" you are running Hardy 8.04.

What graphics card do you have? Run:

lspci | grep VGA

and paste that back.

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