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Old 01-08-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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Greetings and warnings,
I am a Mandrake Linux 9.2 user for about 4 hours and I have a stupid question. I have booted from the CD and gone through loading by following instructions from the Mandrake website. For my graphical user interface, I have chosen GNOME from the install list. The install finishes and I reboot, choose LINUX from the LILO boot menu and then I see the Mandrake Linux 9.2 screen booting and then it takes me to the command line prompt

localhost login

I login from there and get the command line [hans@localhost]$

My question is... how do I get to the GUI?? I read through the install FAQ and it looks like it is supposed to go there automatically. I tried typing startx and I get errors.. Help!

System info: Athalon 2100+ with 1 gig of RAM and 37 gig HD

Sorry if I did not include enough info.. please reply back to this forum and I will try to provide everything I need......thank you much
Hans

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Old 01-08-2004, 02:37 PM   #2
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what errors do you get from startx?
 
Old 01-08-2004, 03:21 PM   #3
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Hi,

Nice to have you!

Not nice to have your swear words in the thread title.

Peace,
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Old 01-08-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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What kind of video card?
 
Old 01-08-2004, 04:08 PM   #5
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Re: Dumbass Newbie Question

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Originally posted by keep667
Greetings and warnings,
I am a Mandrake Linux 9.2 user for about 4 hours and I have a stupid question. I have booted from the CD and gone through loading by following instructions from the Mandrake website. For my graphical user interface, I have chosen GNOME from the install list. The install finishes and I reboot, choose LINUX from the LILO boot menu and then I see the Mandrake Linux 9.2 screen booting and then it takes me to the command line prompt

localhost login

I login from there and get the command line [hans@localhost]$

My question is... how do I get to the GUI?? I read through the install FAQ and it looks like it is supposed to go there automatically. I tried typing startx and I get errors.. Help!

System info: Athalon 2100+ with 1 gig of RAM and 37 gig HD

Sorry if I did not include enough info.. please reply back to this forum and I will try to provide everything I need......thank you much
Hans
You should post what kind of errors you are getting when you type startx. I would guess it has to do with video card drivers as I have had problems with that recently. To make it boot into graphic mode automatically look at the file /etc/inittab There should be a line in there

id:3:initdefault

That 3 needs to be a 5 for it to boot into a graphic mode. At least with RH9, I would imagine it would be the same for Mandrake
 
Old 01-08-2004, 09:33 PM   #6
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Yes the inittab is the same. He needs to edit that, but he probably won't know what editor to use while at a command line. So my advice is to type init 5 and see what happens. What type of vid card do you have?
 
Old 01-08-2004, 09:37 PM   #7
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The errors you get from startx would be very helpful. Please paste the contents of the XF86log (or whatever it's called) that you'll find in the /var/log directory.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 10:13 PM   #8
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I wouldn't set inittab to 5 just yet until you've figured out what problems you're having with X. Otherwise you'll just run into more problems.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 10:53 PM   #9
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Re: Newbie Question

Hi,
Thanks for all of the responses... sorry if I offended anyone with the curse word.... I just wanted to make sure everyone knew where I was coming from.

when I type startx I get the following
execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
giving up
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2) unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error

the video card in the system was not detected on install and I am still looking for drivers for it... it is a S3 Graphics Prosavage DDR Driver, Ver. 1.01.13 The Motherboard is an Asrock with a Via chipset and the web site has no drivers for it .. I checked on S3's web site and they had none either... I saw the error just before the install finished and I figured, thinking from the Windows side, that if it didn't have a video driver, it would boot into VGA mode... I guess not... let me know if you need more info.. thank you....
Hans
 
Old 01-09-2004, 11:03 AM   #10
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RE: Newbie Question.. more info

Re: Newbie Question ( post #9)

Hi,
Thanks for all of the responses... sorry if I offended anyone with the curse word.... I just wanted to make sure everyone knew where I was coming from.

when I type startx I get the following
execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
giving up
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2) unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error

the video card in the system was not detected on install and I am still looking for drivers for it... it is a S3 Graphics Prosavage DDR Driver, Ver. 1.01.13 The Motherboard is an Asrock with a Via chipset and the web site has no drivers for it .. I checked on S3's web site and they had none either... I saw the error just before the install finished and I figured, thinking from the Windows side, that if it didn't have a video driver, it would boot into VGA mode... I guess not... let me know if you need more info.. thank you....
Hans
 
Old 01-09-2004, 11:22 AM   #11
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Have you tried running xf86config? You'll need to know the specs for you monitor (horiz.&vert. refresh rates) . You can find more info on setting up X at
http://www.xfree86.org
 
Old 01-09-2004, 11:22 AM   #12
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Try here for the driver.

If that is no good, this was my search through Google's Linux Pages.

Hope that helps.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 04:17 PM   #13
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RE: Newbie Question...FIXED!

Thank you all for your help and guidance.... it ended up being the video card which I had seen as not configured and figured I would fix that once I booted into the OS... that is my windows thinking and after your advice, I reinstalled and then specifically pointed out the driver to the OS and then it came up with some new screens and I was able to reboot and then GNOME came up..... Thank you again and thank you for your patience...
 
Old 01-12-2004, 02:04 PM   #14
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Merged your 2 threads together.

Cool
 
  


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