How to resolve the "fatal server error: no screen found"

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How to resolve the "fatal server error: no screen found"

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The solution (written by the user A-dog of the GhostBSD forums)forums: topic [Solved] Fatal server error - no screens found was successfully working on a HP Compaq NX 6310 (laptop of Paolo).

becoming root

Load the cd/dvd and get to the cli to login.

To becoming root by typing


. Of course you have to use the passphrase for your root-account.

editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf

To edit a file we need an editor. In this example we will use ee, which is installed by default.

Open the file with the editor ee by typing

ee /etc/X11/xorg.conf


Go down to where the driver is identified. This section of the file begins with

Section "Device"


There you can change the driver to vesa by having

        Driver      "vesa"

in your file.

For leaving ee and saving the file xorg.conf,

  • press the key esc,
  • press the key a and then
  • press the key a


leaving root

End the session as root, type


and you are back as the formal user.

starting x

Initialize the X session by typing



Now you need to wait until the X server load for you.

Additional info for the solution

On a Acer Aspire One 532 (GMA 3150) you had to add the line 'Modes' to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Screen"
SubSection "Display"
	Depth	24
	Modes	"1024x600" "800x600"