Please I am new on this site and asking from my phone (computer is not working). Tell me what is wrong and I will correct the question.


I am using Debian and when turning on the computer it starts in tty1, and I couldn't recover the graphical interface.


If I press Ctrl+Alt+F(i) it changes to tty(i) but any of them is the interface.
Ctrl+Alt+F7 doesn't produce anything.

Here an image showing how the screen looks: tty

When type startx terminal returns -bash: command not found. Reading on the web it was recommended to install xinit. I did that and session starts but without sidebar, and terminal also doesn't open. Here is a bad image (that's what I get with the cellphone) of the screen:

imag2 As you can see, there are no sidebars. I am not sure if this has to do with the problem bit one of the last things I typed on terminal before it disappears was:rm -rf ~/anaconda

Any help with this problem?

closed as unclear what you're asking by jasonwryan, garethTheRed, Romeo Ninov, dr01, Anthon Oct 2 '17 at 8:18

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    Try Ctrl+Alt+F6 to switch do tty6 (default tty for graphic mode) – mrc02_kr Oct 2 '17 at 7:08
  • It is the same command line only change" tty6" on the screen @mrc02_kr – santimirandarp Oct 2 '17 at 7:10
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    Looking at your screenshots. Are you definitely using the official release of Debian? Or are you using Huayra Linux - based on Debian but different? Have you tried their community forum? foros.comunidadhuayra.org – user8779 Oct 2 '17 at 9:44
  • Huayra is just a set of applications but the system is Debian, I think. @arochester – santimirandarp Oct 2 '17 at 12:12

For some unknown reason, your Debian installation is not booting into graphical mode anymore. As a workaround, once you've logged in, type


to run the graphical environment.

  • Thanks for the reply. It returns: -bash: startx: command not found. – santimirandarp Oct 2 '17 at 7:21
  • @dr01: OP says that Ctrl+Alt+F7 gives him a dead, black screen. Do you expect startx to work on tty1 through tty6 (assuming he figures out how to run it)? – G-Man Oct 2 '17 at 8:21
  • @G-Man do you think it is unclear what I am asking? I don't know how to correct it. I have installed xinit from tty1 and then press startx. Session starts but without sidebars and terminal doesn't work. Please help.. – santimirandarp Oct 2 '17 at 8:39
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    (1) No, I don’t think the question is unclear.  If you look under your question, you will see the names of five people who voted to close the question — I was not one of them. (2) Unfortunately, this is out of my area of knowledge; I won’t be able to answer it.  (3) You should edit your question to include all relevant information — starting with what you just said in that last comment (the part about xinit and startx).  Explain exactly what you mean by “terminal doesn't work”, and maybe give us another photograph or screenshot. – G-Man Oct 2 '17 at 8:49
  • Great, I will add another image. @G-Man . Please if you want to edit the question to make it look better, do it. Thanks a lot. – santimirandarp Oct 2 '17 at 8:51

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