I cannot find the Xorg configuration file on my newly installed Debian on my tablet-pc, so I followed this tutorial http://wiki.debian.org/Xorg and ran the command "Xorg -configure", to which I got the following error messages:

(EE) Failed to load module "vmwgfx" (module does not exist, 0)

(EE) vmware: Please ignore the above warnings about not being able to load module/driver vmwgfx

(++) Using config file: "/root/xorg.conf.new"

(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"

FATAL: Module fbcon not found. Number of created screens does not match number of detected devices. Configuration failed.

Dose anyone know what this means and how I should proceed? Why is there a warning about vmware, and what is this fbcon module?


fbcon module is used for frame buffer. I resolve this issue installing this package xserver-xorg-video-fbdev.


After some researches, I found that this error message simply means that fbcon module has been moved into the kernel in recent release. Xorg configurator cannot find this because this is no longer a module. You can use the xorg.conf.new as your xorg configuration file and it will run without any problem.

  • It looks like I already have that package installed though...at least that's what the package manager tells me when trying to install the package..."xserver-xorg-video-fbdev is already the newest version. xserver-xorg-video-fbdev set to manually installed."... – nubicurio Jun 23 '11 at 14:59
  • Answer modified with more information. – LoSciamano Jun 23 '11 at 15:14

Current versions of Debian don't by default create a xorg.conf. The new Xorg is largely self-configuring and doesn't need one.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.