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Old 02-01-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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boot-up it just went to DOS linux login


Hi All,
I'm a newbie, I've installed a Linux Suse and was successful but when i boot-up it just went to DOS linux login and not didn't go to the KDE window? Am I missing something?

Thank you in advance.
 
Old 02-01-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Maybe. Might review with us the exact version you used, did you test it, and your general system specs to include ram amount.
 
Old 02-02-2010, 04:36 AM   #3
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...but when i boot-up it just went to DOS linux login and not didn't go to the KDE window? Am I missing something?
Well, at the very least, you are missing that it isn't DOS! You probably mean a bash shell, which is a text-mode terminal (and which would be very insulted if it knew that you had called it DOS...you don't want to know what your computer could do to you if it didn't like your karma).

You probably have something wrong with either your kde install, or the x-windows and its relationship to your video drivers:
do you have other GUIs (apart from KDE) installed? have you tried one of them (and what happens)?
  • have you tried 'startx' (and what happens)?
  • have you tried sax/sax2 to set up video correctly (and what happens)? Do you have a video card that uses/can use proprietary drivers (nVidia/ATI chips, primarily)
  • does anything bad appear in your system logs (eg dmesg showing that something has failed)

And obviously answering the questions about versions and so on will help you get specific, rather than generic, answers.
 
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:52 AM   #4
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Hi All,
I'm a newbie, I've installed a Linux Suse and was successful but when i boot-up it just went to DOS linux login and not didn't go to the KDE window? Am I missing something?

Thank you in advance.
This most likely means that you are missing a video driver. Take a look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log

(And tell us the details of your setup--especially what video card you have.)
 
Old 02-02-2010, 04:57 AM   #5
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Perhaps your version of suse boots to a non graphical run level by default. Please log into the text console as root and run the following command.

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telinit 5
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:38 PM   #6
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First of all, I installed a SuSE Professional V9.0. There are two installation CD's but I'm wondering why the installation went thru without asking for the other CD. When the installation was finished, the computer re-started and went to a display with selection
"Linux
Floppy
Fail Safe"

I chose Linux and it runs (on bash shell) until it ended up with "Linux Login" (please see images 1&3).

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have you tried 'startx' (and what happens)?
I tried this, please attached image for message.

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have you tried sax/sax2 to set up video correctly (and what happens)? Do you have a video card that uses/can use proprietary drivers (nVidia/ATI chips, primarily)
I tried and got the message "This file or directory doesn't exists".

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This most likely means that you are missing a video driver. Take a look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log
I tried and got the message "This file or directory doesn't exists".

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Well, at the very least, you are missing that it isn't DOS! You probably mean a bash shell, which is a text-mode terminal (and which would be very insulted if it knew that you had called it DOS...you don't want to know what your computer could do to you if it didn't like your karma).
I already expressed my apologies to the computer for this honest error.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:11 PM   #7
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Well, the the images tell me 2 things;

1. kernel 2.4.x that's way old, modern distros are on 2.6.x
2. notice the msg saying "pre-release version ... this Xfree86 is not supported in any way" (!)
Xfre86 has been replaced in modern distros by Xorg.

Strongly(!) suggest you get a modern distro.
 
Old 02-02-2010, 07:20 PM   #8
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I already expressed my apologies to the computer for this honest error.
I'm sure that it will let you off then, but i woudn't take the chance of doing it again

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I installed a SuSE Professional V9.0
I'm pretty sure (OK, its just a guess, but...) that the problem is that this is a rather old version and if any of your hardware is more recent than that (an '03 message on the screen), it won't have support for that and it will fail.

Another possibility could be that, that far back in to history, maybe a GUI wasn't the default and you had to specify something specific in the install to get one installed. But really, the question is why don't you use something more up to date. I'm sure that this will cure your problem, you'll have more chance of being happy with the final outcome (USB support? probably only the slow sort, WiFi, well only via a bit of hacking, if at all) and you were probably going to find out that there was something that you couldn't live with in this antique distro.
 
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Just for grins did you try fail safe?
 
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I see it is asking for you to log in. Try entering your username and that password (if it asks you). Then try entering the command startkde. If that doesn't work, maybe try startkde4, I am not sure.

And it's not a DOS prompt!!! It's a BASH shell. There is nothing in Linux called DOS, which is a relic of what Windows was biult on.
 
Old 02-02-2010, 08:52 PM   #11
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The reason I'm installing V9.0 is that the computer unit will be used as spare on a system to replace an existing one with the same SuSE V9.0. What would be the effect of using a later version? Can I restore the back-up files which were used in V9.0 to the newer version without doing or modifying anything? How about network connections and other communication setup, would it be the same?
 
Old 02-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #12
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jefro wrote:
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Just for grins did you try fail safe?
I did and it gave me the same.

MTK358 wrote:
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Then try entering the command startkde.
This is the display:

xsetroot: unable to open display"
xset: unable to open display""
xset: unable to open display""
ksplash: cannot connect to X server
kdeinit: Aborting. $Display is not set.
Warning: connect() failed. No such file or directory.
ksmserver: cannot connect to X server
startkde: Shutting down...
Warning: connect() failed. No such file or directory.
Error: Can't contact kdeinit!
startkde: Running shutting down scripts...
startkde: Done.


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And it's not a DOS prompt!!! It's a BASH shell.
As mentioned in my previous post, I've already made my apologies to the computer.
 
Old 02-02-2010, 11:43 PM   #13
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Unless the 'new' HW is from the same era as the old kernel SW, it likely won't have the drivers for the new videocard/screen...
I don't know how long Suse keeps issuing updates, but I'd be surprised if that system is up to date security wise.
My advice is to put a modern distro on the new HW and work on moving the old data & settings across.
You need a Suse expert to chime in here, but in general ASCII (aka plain text) data should be fine.
Binary data may be an issue eg do a DB export to text format if possible and re-import as you'll have a significantly different DB engine.
System settings are usually stored as text, but some cfg files may have changed format and/or options.
 
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:34 AM   #14
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All the hardwares are the same, only the hard drive was replaced with exactly the same model, so I really don't understand why would there be any problem even if it's an old distro.
 
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In that case you need to google the XFree86 SW & cfg settings. If you can find out where they are (/etc/...) and then copy the settings from the old to the new box.
 
  


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