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To boot up into the graphical interface you'll have to edit the /etc/inittab file. Look for the line id:3:initdefault: and change the ' 3 ' to a ' 5 '. Then run the command telinit 5 or init 5 to put you in runlevel 5 and start the graphical interface up. Do this as root.
hehe.. no. Remeber.. the root directory and the root user are entirely totally utterly and forevermore shall be completely different things. Only the root user should be able to change the root directory(/) but that's just the way language goes...
you can log into root at the login: prompt or run 'su' (SuperUser) from a terminal once your logged in as you, to change to root.
And i'd get the feeling that a question abuot not having created a root user, or not knowing the password or something will come up... When you installed linux you WILL 100% definitely have been asked to supply a too password. Mandrake lets you specifically not have one, but it does still ask you none the less.
if you can't get in as root, then just search this forum for relevant sounding words like 'root login' and you'll get your answer.
ok, startx doesn't configure. startx is simply a tiny program that kicks XFree86, the linux Xwindows system, into life.