Blank Log in Screen with working mouse pointer
I've recently installed fedora core 6. I installed synaptic and allowed it to install the software updates that I needed. When I woke up the next morning there was a blank screen with a "working in background" mouse pointer. The pointer can move around but I cannot log in to the system. Also I set the welcome screen to change every time I log in, right before I installed the update packages with the synaptic.
What do I need to do to get back into my system?
Will ctrl-alt-bs take you to a text login screen?
If not: Boot from the install DVD. Enter "linux rescue" at the boot: prompt to get a root terminal.
Mount your boot partition (fedora uses LVM by default so you're probably going to have to mount the volume first). Then you can edit the /boot/grub/grub.conf so the default runlevel is 3. Reboot - remove media.
Now you should have a text login.
Enter "startx" an the CLI prompt.
Now you can fix up your installation from the GUI.
There's also a way to set up rl3 at boot from the grub commandline but I forget.
I understand that apt for fedora is getting good ... I still advise against it. Use yum with Yum Extender (or pirut I guess) instead.
If I press ctrl-alt-bs 3 times, it takes me to the command line for a few seconds, then it goes back to the blank screen. I tried ctrl-alt-F1 and that took me to the command line. I then entered "startx" and got this result:
Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is nolonger running, remove /tmp/.XO-lock
and start again
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 key
xinit: unable to connect to X server
xinit: no such process (errno3): server error
I then put the dvd in and ran "Linux rescue". Before I got to the command prompt the set up told me to enter "chroot /mnt/sysimage" to get to the root environment. After that I entered "/boot/grub/grub.conf" and got "access denied".
What should I do next?
Try fdisk -l from there and see how you've installed.
eg... if sda2 is /boot normally then you want to do:
mount -t ext3 /dev/sda2 /mnt
If fdisk shows lvm, things get more complex.
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