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I am brand new at this Linux thing and have installed RedHat Linux 9. For months, it has been running fine (graphical interface) and then all of a sudden during start up there are 2 failures and they are both the same thing.
mounting other filesystems: mount: /dev/sda is not a valid block device
I have no idea what /dev/sda is or what the above statement means, can someone tell me.
The problem is basically that it boots up fine until it should go to the desktop where I should login. I never get that screen and instead, the monitor goes black and there is no signal to the monitor. I hit ctrl-alt-F6 and then I get the command line where I can login and search the Harddrive.
How do I get the desktop to come up and clear that Failure above?
Not really sure Dr Death UAE, might make more sence to post your own thread with your questions. It might get you more answers than someone like me. I am really new to the is whole thing and I am starting simple and small.
I ran startx from the command line and this is what I got back:
Fatal server error
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock and start again
I also checked /var/log and found a file called XFree86.0.log and opened it useing vi. Nothing in there really made sense to me buy there was nothing in there that said error. Is there something in there that should stand out or I should look for?
I tried the ctrl-alt-backspace but nothing happened. The monitor was not recieving a signal, I pressed ctrl-alt-backspace and the screen started recieving a signal for about 2 seconds and then lost the signal again. I had to press ctrl-alt-f6 to get a signal and have the command line login to show up.