You can also check out the xfree log that is in /var.
Another thing is to try to isolate just what component is slowing the thing down. For example, is it slow getting to an xdm/gdm/kdm login prompt? (mine currently is, but that is another question), or is it slow just starting an x-server: try typing an "X" at text mode startup (typically run level 2) and see how slow that part is (Ctrl-Alt-Bksp gets out of it btw) and see how long the X server alone takes to start up, try a different window manager, etc.
One last thing, are you sure you have a functioning swap file/partition? (enter "swapon -s" to check this).
Last edited by wartstew; 05-14-2004 at 09:24 PM.