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Hi everyone. This is my first time here, so forgive me if I'm not posting in the right place and for my bad english.
I installed Mandrake 9.2 about two months ago and was on my way yo understandig a litlle bit of Linux until today. After two weeks of not using Linux, I turned on the PC, selected "linux" on Lilo, it started to load as usual but then the loading screen disapeared and I was left on a the bash, with the black screen and it only said:
Mandrake Linux Realease 9.2 (bla bla)
On this point all I could do was login as my user, or the root, but I don't know how to get from there to the usual KDE desktop that should have loaded as always, instead of the bash.
I tried everything that you said, but it doesn't work. What uncle Theodore said made me remember that before all this happened, I installed a new 3D card (not new, really... a Radeon 9500), but as with Windows it worked well, I thought there was no problem.
The errors I got where:
When using "startx": fatal server error= no screens found
fatal IO error 104 on Xserver
When using "startkde": cannto connect to Xserver
When using "init 5": nothing happened. Then I tried "init 1", a few things came out and when prompted again, I put "init 5" and it got me just where I was on the beggining, so I guess that the step "init 5" is where the problem is.
Looking at this I would say that my graphic card is the problem, right? I don't know what the Xserver does, but I guess it has something to do with that.
So what should I do? Get the newest version of Mandriva to make sure the 3D card is supported and make a new install of the OS?