I have just setup two servers running 10.04 server and have installed the ubuntu-desktop as follows:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
The problem is even though it says it has installed it will not auto-start...
I've tried this:
sudo mv /etc/init/gdm.conf /etc/init/gdm.disabled
sudo mv /etc/init/gdm.disabled /etc/init/gdm.conf
To enable/disable it but still not joy.
So the problem is I want to the desktop to start when the computer starts, when I setup my 8.04 server and installed ubuntu-desktop it started immediately, I've never known how to start the desktop from the command line so am out of my depth a bit.
What's the difference between GDM and X? I don't know how to tell if either has started, I mean I can run /ect/init.d/gdm start and it seems to start, but nothing really happens on screen, if I type startx the screen goes blank...
I've been playing around some more and have made a discovery, I tried to install one of the identical servers from the desktop iso, but it failed to get past the first screen. A quick search on google brought up this post, I added the startup option
i915.modeset=0 (or =1, i forget :D), this resolved the problem for this installation!
So I went back to the one with 10.04 server installed,
sudo pico /boot/grub/grub.cfg and added the i915.modeset to the end of the boot command, and now the server boots to something vaguely visual!
Both desktop and server installations are now showing the same problem with graphics configuration problem, and I'm thinking that could be because of the intel graphics we're using.
I now get a
Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode error, I'm now going to test witha nVidia graphics card to see if this solves the problem.
Thanks to everyone who helped solve my problem, I have now fixed the error... take a look at my answer to the question below.