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Old 11-26-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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Fedora 9 Sulfur No Desktop Just Terminal


I completed the Fedora 9 installation and i boot up and all i can do is Terminal stuff it wont go to the desktop! i tried Ctrl-Alt-F7 like in Fedora 7 but nothing happens! what do i do?
 
Old 11-26-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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I had the same problem with CentOS on my ACER Aspire,
CentOS X window was not compatible with the video card

maybe on your case it's a compatibility problem as well

--Jean-Philippe
 
Old 11-27-2008, 02:26 AM   #3
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I completed the Fedora 9 installation and i boot up and all i can do is Terminal stuff it wont go to the desktop! i tried Ctrl-Alt-F7 like in Fedora 7 but nothing happens! what do i do?
What kind of video card do you have? You can usually tell by running the "/sbin/lspci" command and look for VGA.

What does your /etc/X11/xorg.conf look like? Save the file "cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.sav" for example, then delete the xorg.conf file and reboot.

Also look in /var/log/Xorg.0.log to look for errors.
 
Old 11-28-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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what does that do? What errors do i look for?
 
Old 11-28-2008, 03:55 PM   #5
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Well its a 2001 computer, its a Dell Demension L800R, any suggestions
 
Old 11-29-2008, 04:54 PM   #6
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Become superuser (root) ( $ su - )and type in the following commands, and post the results here so we can have a look.

# /sbin/lspci

# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf

# cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log
 
Old 11-29-2008, 06:06 PM   #7
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I completed the Fedora 9 installation and i boot up and all i can do is Terminal stuff it wont go to the desktop! i tried Ctrl-Alt-F7 like in Fedora 7 but nothing happens! what do i do?
You can look in the log... /var/log/Xorg.0.log

Also you can try "probing" your video card...

Code:
root@host# telinit 3
root@host# cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
root@host# system-config-display
If that dosen't get you a display; then your video card is probably not compatible.

-C
 
Old 11-29-2008, 07:52 PM   #8
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cman1552
i have a old dell 8200( 2001) with a Nivida gforce 2 mx 400 card
if your 3d card ( if there is one)is a legacy one ,like mine, then there are two options
downgrade xorg to the one in fedora 8
-- or --
install a beta version ( if nvidia) of the 96xx driver
if the old card is a ati
reinstall windows there is NO support if it was not auto detected during install.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #9
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I may be able to help a little bit. I've had this same problem when trying Fedora 9. There is a file which tells the system what display mode to use. There are numbers 1 through 5 in a statement in that file. You need the number to be 5, and it isn't. You can edit the file from the terminal. Now, I cannot remember what the file name is or where it is located. Maybe someone else knows what I'm talking about here and can offer more.

FWIW, I gave up on Fed and use Mandriva.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 03:53 PM   #10
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Louis Ott you are talking about /etc/inittab
and changing " id:3:initdefault: " to id:5:initdefault:
will not work if that old 3d card or chipset is unsupported.We still do not know what hardware is on the machine.
 
Old 12-02-2008, 12:34 AM   #11
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Louis Ott you are talking about /etc/inittab
and changing " id:3:initdefault: " to id:5:initdefault:
will not work if that old 3d card or chipset is unsupported.We still do not know what hardware is on the machine.
You are right! Thanks for that info.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 11:20 PM   #12
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I figured it out! tou just have to put in startx at the command line and bam it loads the GUI and then you have to set ur runlevel to 5
 
Old 12-03-2008, 11:21 PM   #13
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thanks everyone
 
  


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