Ubuntu: startx causes screen to hang - Ubuntu server 16.04



Question:

When I ran startx as a user or with sudo the screen hangs and doesn't respond to any keyboard input.

X.Org X Server 1.18.4  Release Date: 2016-07-19  [  6978.595] X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0  [  6978.596] Build Operating System: Linux 4.4.0-45-generic x86_64 Ubuntu  [  6978.597] Current Operating System: Linux mr-robot 4.4.0-62-generic #83-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jan 18 14:10:15 UTC 2017 x86_64  [  6978.597] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-62-generic root=UUID=117cec43-7000-490b-9c04-b274c96f7b0e ro  [  6978.600] Build Date: 02 November 2016  10:06:10PM  [  6978.601] xorg-server 2:1.18.4-0ubuntu0.2 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support)   [  6978.602] Current version of pixman: 0.33.6  [  6978.604]    Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org      to make sure that you have the latest version.  [  6978.604] Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,      (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,      (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.  [  6978.609] (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Mon Jun 19 08:51:25 2017  [  6978.609] (II) Loader magic: 0x564c8f1a9dc0  [  6978.609] (II) Module ABI versions:  [  6978.609]    X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4  [  6978.609]    X.Org Video Driver: 20.0  [  6978.609]    X.Org XInput driver : 22.1  [  6978.609]    X.Org Server Extension : 9.0  [  6978.610] (--) using VT number 5    [  6978.610] (II) systemd-logind: logind integration requires -keeptty and -keeptty was not provided, disabling logind integration  [  6978.610] (II) xfree86: Adding drm device (/dev/dri/card0)  [  6978.611] (--) PCI:*(0:0:2:0) 8086:0042:103c:304a rev 2, Mem @ 0xf0000000/4194304, 0xe0000000/268435456, I/O @ 0x00001170/8  [  6978.612] List of video drivers:  [  6978.613]    ati  [  6978.614]    intel  [  6978.615]    nouveau  [  6978.616]    qxl  [  6978.616]    radeon  [  6978.617]    vmware  [  6978.618]    modesetting  [  6978.619]    fbdev  [  6978.620]    vesa  [  6978.621]    amdgpu  [  6978.621] (II) LoadModule: "ati"  [  6978.621] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/ati_drv.so  [  6978.621] (II) Module ati: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.621]    compiled for 1.18.3, module version = 7.7.0  [  6978.621]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.621]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.621] (II) LoadModule: "intel"  [  6978.621] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so  [  6978.621] (II) Module intel: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.621]    compiled for 1.18.4, module version = 2.99.917  [  6978.621]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.621]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.621] (II) LoadModule: "nouveau"  [  6978.621] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/nouveau_drv.so  [  6978.621] (II) Module nouveau: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.621]    compiled for 1.18.1, module version = 1.0.12  [  6978.621]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.621]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.621] (II) LoadModule: "qxl"  [  6978.621] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/qxl_drv.so  [  6978.621] (II) Module qxl: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.621]    compiled for 1.18.1, module version = 0.1.4  [  6978.621]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.621]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.621] (II) LoadModule: "radeon"  [  6978.621] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/radeon_drv.so  [  6978.621] (II) Module radeon: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.622]    compiled for 1.18.3, module version = 7.7.0  [  6978.622]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.622]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.622] (II) LoadModule: "vmware"  [  6978.622] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vmware_drv.so  [  6978.631] (II) Module vmware: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.631]    compiled for 1.18.1, module version = 13.1.0  [  6978.631]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.631]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.631] (II) LoadModule: "modesetting"  [  6978.631] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/modesetting_drv.so  [  6978.631] (II) Module modesetting: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.631]    compiled for 1.18.4, module version = 1.18.4  [  6978.631]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.631]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.631] (II) LoadModule: "fbdev"  [  6978.631] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so  [  6978.631] (II) Module fbdev: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.631]    compiled for 1.18.1, module version = 0.4.4  [  6978.631]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.631]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.631] (II) LoadModule: "vesa"  [  6978.631] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so  [  6978.631] (II) Module vesa: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.631]    compiled for 1.18.1, module version = 2.3.4  [  6978.632]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.632]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.632] (II) LoadModule: "amdgpu"  [  6978.632] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/amdgpu_drv.so  [  6978.632] (II) Module amdgpu: vendor="X.Org Foundation"  [  6978.632]    compiled for 1.18.4, module version = 1.1.2  [  6978.632]    Module class: X.Org Video Driver  [  6978.632]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0  [  6978.632] (II) intel(G0): Using Kernel Mode Setting driver: i915, version 1.6.0 20151010  [  6978.632] (II) intel(G0): SNA compiled: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.99.917+git20160325-1ubuntu1.2 (Timo Aaltonen <tjaalton@debian.org>)  [  6978.632] (II) intel(G0): SNA compiled for use with valgrind  [  6978.632] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Chipsets:      i810, i810-dc100, i810e, i815, i830M, 845G, 854, 852GM/855GM, 865G,      915G, E7221 (i915), 915GM, 945G, 945GM, 945GME, Pineview GM,      Pineview G, 965G, G35, 965Q, 946GZ, 965GM, 965GME/GLE, G33, Q35, Q33,      GM45, 4 Series, G45/G43, Q45/Q43, G41, B43  [  6978.632] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) HD Graphics: 2000-6000  [  6978.632] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics: 5100, 6100  [  6978.632] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Iris(TM) Pro Graphics: 5200, 6200, P6300  [  6978.632] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for modesetting  [  6978.632] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for fbdev  [  6978.632] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for vesa  [  6978.633] No devices to configure.  Configuration failed.  

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