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Boot without starting X-server

During the installation of Raspian I chose "Start X-Server after boot", but now I want to boot it once without starting the X-Server, so I've got more memory to run a program. How do I boot without ...
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How to uninstall X Server and Desktop Manager when running as headless server?

I'm using my Raspberry Pi as a headless server which I can ssh into. I don't need the X Server, LXDE etc. I'm running Raspbian "wheezy". I've already disabled "Start desktop on boot" using raspi-...
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How do I prevent the screen from going blank?

I am running the Debian wheezy beta and using my Pi to display my geckoboard dashboards using midori, as a result I want to prevent the screen from going blank, which it does after 10 minutes (though ...
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How can I remove the GUI from Raspbian/Debian?

I would like to know how to completely remove X.org and all GUI-related components from Raspbian or soft-float Debian. The most obvious solution would be sudo apt-get purge xorg, but I am afraid that ...
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Is there a GPU accelerated Xorg server?

At present all of the official builds of the X Window System run on the CPU, which takes up a lot of processing power and runs X rather slowly. I know there's no official GPU accelerated version of ...
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How do I display images without starting X11?

I can view videos using OMXPlayer: omxplayer -o hdmi video.h264 How do I do the same for still images?
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Having launched X, can I shutdown without a mouse?

I've launched into X using startx, but now can't shutdown my pi, as I have no mouse, and I can't seem to access anything with the keyboard alone. What can I do?
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How can I start X11 only for a single application?

I am planning to use my RPi only for one application, which needs X server to be started. This application is chromium, which requires A LOT of resources already. I would like to start only the bare ...
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X11 Connection Rejected Because of Wrong Authentication

I'm trying to run gparted on my Raspberry Pi. After logging in with ssh -X pi@pi and trying to run sudo gparted, I get the error message... X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication. ...
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Possible to reinstall X server and use graphical after having removed it?

I've used my raspberry pi for about 2 years now and in the beginning I removed the X server as I thought I'd never use it. (I followed the tips here to remove How to uninstall X Server and Desktop ...
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Can I use the Raspberry Pi as a second monitor?

I have a desktop running Ubuntu 10.04 (which I should upgrade - I know!), which uses GDM. It currently has 2 screens installed, which are configured using xorg.conf. It includes using xinerama to act ...
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Forward mouse and keyboard input to X session

I'm accessing my Pi via SSH. My network is too slow to actually forward the Pi's desktop back to my laptop, so I have a monitor connected to my Pi. When I startx through Putty, I see the desktop on ...
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How do I attach two monitors in a dual head configuration?

I'm considering buying a Raspberry Pi or compatible solution. My problem is that I could not find how to achieve a dual head configuration. I would like to attach two 1920x1200 displays by digital ...
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Running 1080p video from within XOrg smoothly

The 1080p examples that work outside of X.Org run very smoothly on my Pi, but within X.Org they don't run very smoothly at all at the moment. Given that X.Org is currently not GPU-accelerated, this ...
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How do I use the Raspberry Pi as a Thin Client?

Is the Raspberry Pi good as a graphical thin-client ? Is the Raspberry Pi strong enough to run remote X sessions or do stuff like Xmove to share remote X apps?
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Auto-start X-windows / gdm on the standard Debian build

I've built a bootable SD from the official Debian release. Is there an easy way to get GDM to auto-start when the machine boots (like a typical Linux desktop)? For bonus points, is there a way to ...
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Problems starting X

Just whacked Raspian on an SD card, and booted up my Pi. A message at the top says 'Use startx to start a graphical interface'. So I startx. I get a load of details: OS version; X version; all that ...
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X11 forwarding with Xming over SSH?

I've got SSH access, and I have Xming installed, along with Xming fonts. I've configured PuTTY to forward x11 and told it to place the desktop at localhost:0, according to the instructions here. ...
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How to boot into own python script (GUI) only?

I have the following problem: Using a RaspPi 3B running Raspbian Jessie (version 4.4.26-v7+) I would like the GUI of a self-written python script to be executed on startup. I know that this question ...
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Is it safe to remove the xserver?

I do not use a digital monitor and no TV either with my Raspberry Pi. I would like to remove unnecessary packages to save disk space and memory consumption. I would like to preserve the possibility of ...
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Trying to turn off X11 in Jessie

I am running Debian Jessie which uses SystemD. I have so far been unable to find a way to stop X11 from starting on bootup. The raspi-config setting apparently does not do anything. Can anyone help?
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Is Raspbian big-endian or little endian

I'm getting a crashing bug in an X-Windows XCreateImage call. I could be wrong but it appears that Raspbian is running the pi 2 in big-endian mode. Can someone confirm/deny this suspicion?
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How to set up "kiosk" mode in Raspbian?

I want to set up my Raspberry Pi in a sort of "kiosk" mode where it boots up into a single full screen application. I know my way around the command line, but am a novice when it comes to customizing ...
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How to Wake the Raspbery Pi Display Without Disabling The Screensaver

People have asked how to disable the screen from going blank or to sleep, but I have a slightly different question. I would like to be able to remotely wake a sleeping or blank display, but then ...
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Prevent screen from going blank for kiosk

I should start off by saying I am fairly new to Linux. I want my pi to scroll through pictures in Image Viewer and never sleep. I've followed these instructions from another question to try to fix the ...
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X forwarding and GPU memory allocation

I run my Raspberry Pi headless and typically use X forwarding to run applications. I'm wondering what split I should use for allocating the RAM. I am not sure whether it is the server or the client'...
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Launching vino-server on display :0 at boot

I run my Raspberry Pi with Raspbian with an X server running but without a monitor connected to it. I installed tightvncserver and now running: vncserver :1 -geometry 1600x900 -depth 24 I can have a ...
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Is there any way to get redshift to work?

I'm a fan of the f.lux program but I couldn't find any way to install it on the arm architecture. However, there is an alternative called Redshift. Redshift installed fine; however, when I run it, it ...
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Is URxvt's slow rendering because of the limited RAM'?

My URxvt renders text very slowly, about 5 lines per second, and doesn't render fully when resized. Is this normal for Xorg and URxvt? Is this caused by the limited RAM on the RPi or by my ...
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How to start Xorg while showing splashscreen?

I'm creating a simple device with a Raspberry Pi and a touchscreen display connected to it. On boot, I want to show a loading image (a simple gif or jpg) while X is starting. Then a chromium-browser ...
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Force HDMI resolution to 1920x1080, best mode available

I am working on a project that involves a raspberry pi outputting video to tvs. I'd like to have the raspberry pi always output FullHD video. If it was booted without a display, by default it ...
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please help -startx fails/hangs, finally returns error message "xauth: timeout in locking authority file /home/pi/.Xauthority "

Running Raspbian 20120715 (see below) Current Operating System: Linux AllansPi 3.1.9+ #168 PREEMPT Sat Jul 14 18:56:31 BST 2012 armv6l Using usb keyboard, ...
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Xorg alternatives for Raspberry Pi architecture?

Could you list out some of the lightweight Xorg alternatives for the ARMv6?Xorg consumes a lot of resources.
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Power TV on/off

I'm looking for a solution to wake up my LCD TV. With the xset command I'm able to put the TV in different power saving modes: xset dpms force standby xset dpms 0 30 60 0 = standby 30 sec = ...
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How to start xorg on a physically connected display via SSH?

The pi is configured to start into text mode so that no xorg libraries are loaded during normal operation. Yet I would like to be able to occasionally run an xorg desktop session when connected to an ...
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Capturing screenshot over SSH

I have Pi at work which is always on and does some stuff. I want to see the progress of the work at home, for that I need to see a screenshot from Pi like every one hour. Is it possible to capture and ...
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Pi 4 X-Display resolution doesn't match frame buffer

I just picked up a Pi 4 and imaged a new card with Raspbian Buster. I'm running this headless (using VNC) but noticed the resolution doesn't match what I've set via raspi-config (which updates /boot/...
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X forwarding not working over ssh

For the headless raspberry pi (rp), I tried to connect from my windows PC to Raspberry pi via mobaxterm and ssh. I can connect via ssh (ssh pi@ but I can't display to my local display(ssh -X pi@. I ...
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8 Bit / 256 Colors

I'm using a Raspbery Pi 2 as an X Window Server to replace some legacy devices. However the X window program only supports 256 colors and will throw an error if the color depth is set higher. I've ...
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Unable to start X after Cheese and VLC are installed

I installed Cheese and VLC from the Raspbian repositories. The programs worked perfectly until I tried to restart the computer. Now, after executing startx I get a black screen. After killing X I see ...
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What would a default xorg.conf look like?

I'm trying to setup Xdmx, which isn't easy. I'm having issues with xinerama and differing colour depths, which can be rectified by change xorg.conf on each of the machines. Of course, these days xorg....
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Xorg not working after upgrading to buster [closed]

After switching to Raspbian Buster and rebooting RPi3 B+ boots into a shell. (I use the GUI so this is a bit odd) After typing in startx I get this error (I cutout a bunch of junk): (EE) no screens ...
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How do I boot the RPi into a python GUI instead of Raspbian desktop?

I've been trying to get the RPi to boot into a custom python script that constructs a simple GUI using pygame, but nothing I attempt has any success. What are the steps I need to follow to get this ...
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How can I setup the video / graphics on the Raspberry Pi 3?

There seem to be redundant accelerated video module options for the Raspberry Pi 3. I read that the Raspberry Pi uses a device tree (a rather clever solution for ARM systems which do not have the ...
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"cannot open display" with PuTTY

I am controlling my PI through my PC (wich is running Windows 7) using Putty to type in commands and tightvnc viewer to access the GUI. I can launch programs with the TightVNC viewer GUI or TightVNC ...
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How do I make “startx iceweasel” launch full-screen?

I've done a clean install of Raspian Lite on my Rasperry Pi (there is no desktop environment installed). I'd like a kiosk-mode browser running fullscreen without having to worry about maintaining/...
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Do I need x11 and desktop environment to have a UI?

I have a headless build; which has no x11 server nor any desktop manager. I would like to run some music applications; so I can use a small touch screen that I recently found; and I was wondering if ...
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Automatically start python program at start-up

I am working on a project that needs a special GUI that takes up the full screen. I know I can make the X-Window system start up on boot (using raspi-config then changing the setting) but is it ...
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Can I run the RPI driver in ArchLnux?

The RPI driver perports (source) to bring accelerated Xorg performance by routing X output through a frame buffer driver. The wiki page has clear instructions, but they are very specific to Raspbian, ...
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Arm Arch Linux 'startx' displays black screen on Raspberry Pi 3

Context: I recently got started with Arch Linux and the whole building your own distro thing. So I put Arch Linux Arm version on my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B v1.2 from the Arch Linux Arm project. I put ...
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