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I have just installed Fedora Core 6 to dual boot with XP.
After the Fedora install, It rebooted, and Fedora loaded into the Gnome desktop. I had a little look round the installed apps, then shutdown.
Upon rebooting, I chose to boot XP as I needed to get files and a copy of a (reliable!) guide to install my Speedtouch modem. I got the files, copied to my flash drive, and restarted to get back into Fedora to do the modem and get updates etc.
However, this time round, I didn't get the graphical login screen and got a command line screen.
Not sure if you want this but this is what I get on screen:
Fedora Core release 6 (Zod)
Kernal 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 on an i686
local host login:_ (entered name)
password:_ (entered password)
Last login: (todays date and time) on tty1
I've tried several times, with the same results. XP still works (I'm on the same rig).
If any more info is required, I'll try to obtain it!
If startx or telinit 5 indeed worked fine and loaded your Gnome desktop environment, then you should look at
the /etc/inittab file.
Look at the line that says something like
"n" should in your case be 5, not 3. Correct it if necessary.