Booting CentOS 5, logo screen appears, stuff initializes, then screen goes black
I'm new to Linux and this is my first post. I installed CentOS 5. When I power on my system, I see the text messages from the boot, then the gui with the CentOS logo appears. A bunch of services get started. The last service I see is "starting first-time boot configuration". If I view the text messages while this is happening the last line I see is "starting smartd". Then the screen goes totally black.
If I hit esc on the initial boot screen and then select CentOS (2.6.18-8.1.10.el5), then edit the kernal line and add space and '3' to the end of it, I can get to the login screen. I login as root, then I type "startx" and what I think is Gnome comes up. Then things are fine - I can use Firefox and applications, etc.
Then when I logout out of the gui, I get a black screen again and then I have to cycle power and do the same routing again. The PC I'm using is an HP DC5700 Core 2 Duo, single boot. The display adapter shows as an Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset family.
My xorg.conf file shows:
Viewport 0 0
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
Is this a driver issue?