I've some info re the most pressing machine as I've just sat down and copied a whole bunch of text by hand. It has an Intel Celeron 500 MHz processor; a 40GB Hard drive and has a PS2 wheel mouse. Win 98 was deleted from the HDD and I decided to Erase entire disk during installlation as I did not want Windows present. I clicked 'next' and asume that an auto partition (?) to install Mandrake was set up.
The install appeared to run very smoothly. However, at the requst for a reboot at the end (with cd removed form drive) the machine has not been able to reboot and load the graphical interface desktop.
The reboot starts with a lot of script quickly filling the screen. he following script follows (note, italicised text are my explanations of the process):
Mounting proc filesystem [OK]
Setting default font (lat0-16) [OK]
Welcome to Mandrake Linux 9.2
Press ‘I’ to enter interactive startup
Running DevFs daemon [OK]
Unmounting initrd: [OK]
Configuring kernel parameters: [OK]
***Hangs up so Here I press CTRL-C***
INIT: Entering runlevel: 5
/etc/rc.d/rc: line 73: /var/run/runlevel.dir: Read-only file system
Starting iptables: [OK]
Checking for new hardware [OK]
Touch: cannot touch ‘var/lock/subsys/harddrake’: Read-only file system
Setting network parameters: [OK]
Bringing up loopback interface: [OK]
Bringing up interface eth0: [OK]
Touch: cannot touch ‘var/lock subsys/network’: Read-only file system
Starting partmapper: [OK]
Touch: cannot touch ‘var/lock/subsys/partmap’: Readonly file system
Starting system logger
***Here, a few seconds later, it hangs up again, CTRL-C is no use. If Left alone, approx 5 minutes later then the follwing prompt on a fresh black screen follows***
***here, user name is entered and a request for a password is then made. which is followed by the following text (a lot of text suudenly appears and I'm certain this is the first two lines***
Authentication failed – cannot start X server.
Perhaps you do not have console ownership?
*** A whole bunch of text appears and using root brings about similar results (the screen has just blanked so I cannot copy the text) Is there enough info here to show why I cannot get to the graphical interface? If so, is there an easy way to resolve this? I'm barnd new to Linux/Mandrake and have only had the misfortune of using MS Windows. I'll post details of other machine later, but in the meantime if any assistance can be offered in order to let me get to the desktop, I'll be forever grateful***