I’m trying to install Qubes 4.1.1 on my new Dell XPS 17 9720.
Whatever I do I always get the following error message:
“Not asking for VNC because we don’t have a network” / “X startup failed, aborting installation”.
I’ve just found in HCL that this model was successfully installed by @Aaron_Brown.
Please help me to troubleshoot the graphics issues.
Thank you for the prompt response.
I’m a new in Qubes and I guess I was not too accurate in reproducing the troubleshooting sequence.
That what I did:
I checked my BIOS. It doesn’t support a legacy mode. Boot Mode: UEFI only
I disabled a secured boot in BIOS
While installation from the Qubes USB I entered GRUB, moved the selection to the first choice, and then pressed the E key.
The following text appeared: multiboot2 /images/pxeboot/xen.qz console=none module2 /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=QUBES-R4-1-1-X86-64 plymouth.ignore-serial-consoles quiet module2 /images/pxeboot/initrd.img
I added at the end the following line: noexitboot=1 modprobe.blacklist=nouveau rd.driver.blacklist=nouveau
(I also tried nouveau.modeset=0 rd.driver.blacklist=nouveau video=vesa:off)
Then and I pressed F10
After a while I’ve got the error message:
“Not asking for VNC because we don’t have a network
X startup failed, aborting installation
The installation cannot continue and the system will be rebooted
When I press “E” I don’t see any kernel= line.
Only the following 3 lines: multiboot2 /images/pxeboot/xen.qz console=none module2 /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=QUBES-R4-1-1-X86-64 plymouth.ignore-serial-consoles quiet module2 /images/pxeboot/initrd.img
So I add the recommended text at the end.
I guess I do something wrong…
This really helped and allowed me to move on to the graphical part of the installation.
I am so grateful to you!
During installation, I had to overcome the difficulty of reading microscopic letters on the screen (4K). Difficulties were also associated with terribly slow response times to any movement and mouse click, as well as screen refresh.
Eventually the installation finished with a single error message that occurred during Initial Setup:
[‘systemctl’, ‘start’, ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’] failed:
stderr: “Job for email@example.com failed because the control process exited with error code.”
Despite this error, the system boots and mostly functions.
The problem of small letters was solved by changing DPI.
However, the graphics problem has remained.
The link you sent me says that integrated graphics (i915) problems exist in kernel versions prior to 5.18. I found that I had kernel 5.15 installed and tried to upgrade it. It turned out that this is impossible because there is no network. The driver for my Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 1675 is not installed.
After running the cat command and rebooting, the system starts to boot and already on the initial screens, a significant acceleration of graphics is noticeable. But after entering the password for the drive, I get the following screen:
Before the disk password request, press the Esc key, you will switch from Plymouth graphic interface to text interface. On password request, enter the password.
In text mode, you will see the OS logs, and maybe you will get more information.