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Old 08-04-2004, 07:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cant see GUI


Hey there, I was wondering if anyone can help me.

I have Mandrake 10 installed on my machine. Everything was working fine until I tried too boot into Mandrake today and I get a login prompt in the shell-state. No GUI.

What happened? And how can I get back into a GUI interface.

Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 08-04-2004, 07:10 PM   #2
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try runing

drakeconf

as the root user
 
Old 08-20-2004, 03:57 PM   #3
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Which option to play with? The Display? I've tried changing the display configuration. It doesnt seem to be working. Anything else?

How can I login from shell and get into a GUI interface? What command can I use?
 
Old 08-20-2004, 04:08 PM   #4
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hi
at the command prompt

run
#startx
to go to gui mode

if unsuccessfull
post the error messages here
regards
gaurav
 
Old 08-21-2004, 07:49 AM   #5
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Tried that. Get fatal error.

Fatal server error
Could not open default font 'fixed'.


Any ideas how to fix this?
 
Old 08-21-2004, 08:09 AM   #6
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hi
i am not sure of this but give it a try
there is a server called XFS(X font server)

have u closed any such servcie when the last time u used ur system

see if u can start xfs by
#service xfs start

then #startx

see if it works

regards
 
Old 08-21-2004, 08:10 AM   #7
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You could try rem'ing out the XF86config line
FontPath "unix/:-1" so that the X server uses the built in font paths.
There could be a problem with the xfs font server or you could have a full file system.
 
Old 09-03-2004, 01:46 PM   #8
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masand: Service in on. Still not working.
jschiwal: I wish I knew how? Which file? Which dir?

If I reinstall Mandrake, will I loose my documents under the user directory?
 
Old 09-03-2004, 01:49 PM   #9
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Have you tried logging in as root and typing init 5
 
Old 09-03-2004, 02:06 PM   #10
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Yes Crane. Tried that. Nada.
 
Old 09-04-2004, 02:28 AM   #11
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Can anyone tell me; If I reinstall Mandrake 10, will I loose my user files?
 
Old 09-04-2004, 08:28 PM   #12
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/var/log

For X systems, if it gets far enough to try opening X, there will be a log in /var/log

If you get the command line prompt in text mode, log in, probably as root.

Then, type ls -l /var/log <enter>

There shoud be a file something like this, number may vary but is usually 0.

xf86.0.log

I cannot check this name because I am on borrowed win machine. However, it should be obvious with 3 part name as I have shown.

Then, assuming above name, type:

cat /var/log/xf86.0.log | less <enter>

This should give you the full log file on your screen. Scroll up and down with arrows or page keys. To quit, type q

Look at that file carefully. Lines will have letters at the beginning such as WW or II. EE means error which is what is important, and there may (mor may not) be an explanation, or at least important information to present to the assembled experts.

In your case, you already know it is a font problem from the direct error message. Look for the config file in google for another wey to call out fonts. I am trying to think what they call the config file. It's hell to be without my machine so I can look.

Oh, yeah, XF86Config-4 is one on some distros. Now where is that sucker? Um, /etc/X11, can anyone with a machine give the full path for that thing? It is a very large file mostly of comments, and sometimes the comments can be uncommented and tried. I had a problem on Drake 10.0 (which is no longer on my machine because it wouldn't run X correctly with NVIDIA drivers, and would not open eth0. It called out a unix font which apparently is not part of free Drake 10.0 but comes with pay version.


Last edited by irlandes; 09-04-2004 at 08:34 PM.
 
Old 09-06-2004, 06:33 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by jschiwal
You could try rem'ing out the XF86config line
FontPath "unix/:-1" so that the X server uses the built in font paths.
There could be a problem with the xfs font server or you could have a full file system.


rm'ing mean removing, right?

i having the same problem as infekt,when i view my /etc/X11/XF86Config, this is one of the part :

FrontPath " unix/:7110"

should i remove or rename it?
 
Old 09-08-2004, 02:23 PM   #14
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Irlandes: I checked out the log file that you metioned. Except I have six files:
XFree86.0.log
XFree86.0.log.old
XFree86.1.log
XFree86.1.log.old
XFree86.9.log
XFree86.9.log.old

There were no (EE)s but there was a (WW):
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such file or directory)
There were a couple of (**)s, (--)s, and (==)s. What are these?

Now I did notice that sound configuration failed during shutdown? Hmm. Tried drakconf, but didnt see a configuration section for sound (maybe I missed it).

Okay, so the system can't find the fixed font. What should I do? can I download the font? Should I change a line in a config file?

Last edited by infekt; 09-08-2004 at 02:27 PM.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 12:49 AM   #15
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Rem'ing out means starting the line with the '#' character. This makes the line a comment and can be easily reversed by removing the '#' character.
 
  


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