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Old 05-05-2003, 08:10 AM   #1
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[Newbie problem] No graphical login


Hello,

I'm writting this for a good friend of mine who has just installed redhat linux 8 a week ago and is already having a problem, the problem is that instead of getting the graphical login screen he gets the text only and every few seconds the screen jumps. I read a bit on the net and foundout that it's most probably a problem with the x-windows settings, both he & I have no linux knowledge, I tried using the rescue console and typing xf86config but no-go. If anyone could give me step by step instructions (and the commands) to restore/change back the settings my friend and I would be very greatful. I also read that you need to change the runlevel (he uses grub so we need to edit the run command and add the runlevel at the end but that's all I know).

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 05-05-2003, 08:47 AM   #2
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You need to change the runlevel you do that by editing /etc/inittab#
change the line "id:3:initdefault:" to be "id:5:initdefault". but before you do that test that X works by typing into a VT (ctrl+alt+F1) "startx" if that starts it fine then go ahead with editing inittab
 
Old 05-05-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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thx for the help, I'll try it just now, and after I've changed the runlevel, what do I have to do? (sorry for the super-newbie Qs)
 
Old 05-05-2003, 11:00 AM   #4
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/etc/inittab is only accessed during boot-up. so to switch to GUI login while the machine is on issue the command "init 5"
 
Old 05-06-2003, 06:45 AM   #5
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And after that I just type xf86config?
 
Old 05-06-2003, 06:48 AM   #6
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no, you don't need to run that at all, just carry on as normal.
 
Old 05-07-2003, 06:03 AM   #7
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And all that will change is the login?
 
Old 05-07-2003, 01:24 PM   #8
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Yes, from that point on when u reboot or restart your linux box the graphical logon will appear as opposed to the command line interface.
 
  


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