Redhat Linux 7.2 > INIT: Id "X" respawning too fast
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"INIT: Id "X" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes and it continues to do this without fail."
Startx hits some sort of error and fails. It then tries again (respawns) and hits the same error again. The error that is causing startx to fail could be anything.
To get control of the situation when it starts looping hit <Ctrl><Alt><F3> which will switch you to alternate console 3. Then login as root and start debugging the situation from the command line.
Look in /home/user/.xsession-errors for error messages. You also should use the X configurator program to check out how you have configured your X Window hardware. I don't use Red Hat but my guess as to the name of the Red Hat X configuration program is XF86config. Somebody please jump in here and spell it right.
One possible source of your problem is that you may be using a video card that is not supported by Red Hat 7.2, or perhaps USB devices. I recommend that you get the latest release of Mandrake, Red Hat, or SuSE.
Yes. You can simply run in command line mode. You would have to disable X Window during the install. I am not sure how to do that with Red Hat 7.2 but you want to tell the install to boot up to a command line instead of X Window.
If you did not have the startx problem you could change to a command line by changing the default run level.
Somebody else will have to answer your questions about a Linux/Windows interface because I know next to nothing about Windows. I suggest that you start a new thread in the Networking forum. Somebody there can answer your interface questions.