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I have Debian Linux with Gnome on my laptop.

My laptop dropped from a chair (It was off at that moment). I turned it on. It loads to text mode directly. I log in and run startx. It runs and mouse cursor comes on the screen. But display stays black and nothing happens.

What should I do?

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1.Reinstall your xserver and desktop environment :

apt-get install aptitude tasksel
aptitude install xorg mesa-utils
tasksel install gnome-desktop --new-install

2.You can check the xserver behavior and errors (Access permissions, drivers, ..etc) by configuring a logfile :

startx &> ~/.Xoutput

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