X Window problems

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    X Window problems

    I just installed Debian to dual-boot with Windows XP and it works fine, but I've been trying to run x window and it doesn't want to work right...

    First, I had trouble getting it to detect my monitor but I finally figured out that problem and now when I type "startx" I get to "Installing peripherals" and then I get an error. Here's the last lines of the log file:
    PEXExtensionInit: Couldn't open default PEX font file Roman_M
    (II) Keyboard "Generic Keyboard" handled by legacy driver
    (**) Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
    (**) Configured Mouse: Protocol: "ExplorerPS/2"
    (**) Configured Mouse: Core Pointer
    (**) Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    (==) Configured Mouse: Buttons: 3
    (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Configured Mouse" (type: MOUSE)

    Fatal server error:
    Caught signal 4. Server aborting
    I thought it might be a problem with the mouse, but I can see the pointer and move it before I get the error. (I'm using an IntelliMouse Explorer; it's USB, but I'm using an adapter to plug it into a PS/2 port)

    I can't seem to find any solutions for this that work on google, anyone have an idea? I can post my config file or the rest of the log file if it helps...
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    Check to see if /dev/psaux is setup and working for your mouse. Try cat /dev/psaux then move your mouse are abit, if you see some gobble-di-gook then it works.

    Also try /dev/psmouse
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    I actually got it working by switching from kde to gnome. I'm still not sure what the problem was, but I don't think it was the mouse...
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    I know them not: not therefore am I short
    Of knowing what I ought."
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