I've just installed Debian 9 into an old Toshiba notebook and everything went fine during the installation:

Installation complete
Installation is complete, so it is time to boot into your new system. Make sure to remove the installation media, so that you boot into the new system rather than restarting the installation.

However, after restarting, the system showed several error messages and then stopped on a dark screen (it is still possible to switch to consoles via alt-ctrl-f2~f6):

[drm:intel_cpu_fifo_underrun_irq_handler [i915]] *ERROR* CPU pipe A FIFO underrun
[drm:intel_set_cpu_fifo_underrun_reporting [i915]] *ERROR* pipe B underrun
[drm:intel_cpu_fifo_underrun_irq_handler [i915]] *ERROR* CPU pipe B FIFO underrun
[drm:intel_set_cpu_fifo_underrun_reporting [i915]] *ERROR* CPU pipe B FIFO underrun

Any ideas?

Notebook Specifications
Toshiba Satellite 1135-S1553

  • Intel® Celeron® 4 processor at 2.20GHz
  • Intel 852GM Chipset
  • 1Gb RAM
  • 32MB internal Integrated Intel® 852GM video memory

Debian Version

Software selection
(X) Debian desktop environment
(  ) ... GNOME
(  ) ... Xfce
(  ) ... KDE
(  ) ... Cinnamon
(  ) ... MATE
(  ) ... LXDE
(  ) web server
(X) print server
(  ) SSH server
(X) standard system utilities

outputs and log files excerpts
/var/log/installer# grep EE Xorg.0.log

(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown
[8.534] (EE) Failed to load module "intel" (module does not exist, 0)
[8.535] (EE) Failed to load module "vesa" (module does not exist, 0)
[8.538] (EE) open /dev/dri/card 0: No such file or directory
[8.538] (EE) open /dev/dri/card 0: No such file or directory
[8.538] (EE) Screen 0 deleted because of no matching config section


pci 0000:02:04.0: bridge configuration invalid ([bus 00-00]), reconfiguring
pci_bud 0000:03:busn_res: can not insert [bus 03-02] under [bus 02] conflicts with (null) [bus 02])
gnome-shell [548]: Failed to allocate texture: Failed to create texture 2d due to size/format constraints

apt install xserver-xorg-video-{vesa,intel}

Reading package lists ... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information ... Done
xserver-xorg-video-intel is already the newest version (2:2.99.917+git20161206-1)
xserver-xorg-video-vesa is already the newest version (1:2.3.4-1+b2).
xserver-xorg-video-vesa set to manually installed.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
  • Have you installed a window manager, gnome, KDE or other? Commented May 21, 2018 at 2:58
  • During the installation, I've left the Software Selection with its default items checked, ie: Debian desktop environment, print server and standard system utilities.
    – Mark Messa
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 4:03
  • How much RAM have you got?
    – user8779
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 10:55
  • If you log in at the prompt and run startx what happens? Does service status gdm report anything? Does service gdm restart do anything for you? Whoops.. nm. Just read you aren't even getting a login prompt.
    – ivanivan
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 15:42
  • @ivanivan startx from console basically enters in a similar 'freezed' dark screen, blinks sometimes and returns to the console. The output I've just added to the original post.
    – Mark Messa
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 17:31

2 Answers 2


Since no desktop environment (DE) was individually selected during the installation, GNOME was the default choice. However, GNOME seems to be too heavy for the available system. Therefore, changing the DE to some other lighter solved the issue:

install a light DE (ex: mate, xfce or lxde)

apt install tasksel aptitude

select and start the new DE

update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
exec startx

Of course the script above is just an workaround, the ideal would be reinstalling Debian and selecting only this DE.


You can use the link below to download the debian-desktop-environment-manager-cli.

Github link for debian-desktop-environment-manager-cli

It will help you install, debug and uninstall desktop environments of your choice depending on your computers' resources.

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