I am actually a newbie to the entire linux scene, using windows all of my computing needs.
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while the processes are starting, one called reahead fails
Readahead reads parts of files into memory. Check /var/log/messages for lines containing readahead. If there's any lines with readahead containing "EBADF" it means readahead couldnt read those files into memory. If it's not that, try and post any error messages about readahead, that could be helpful.
and I get an error saying that it cannot start x server. Then, I try startx at the bash prompt but it comes up
Fatal Server Error:
no sceens found
Meaning X isn't configured properly. Could be detection failed. Could be FC2 specific. FC1 is stable, there can still be issues with FC2. Where you able to use a graphical environment during install, or did it fail? In any case running "redhat-config-xfree86 -v --reconfig --noui -o /etc/X11/XF86Config" as root user will probe your hardware again, backup the old one and write a new config. If restarting still gives errrors, please post your XF86Config and /var/log/XFree86.*.log for ppl to help you.
I can not seem to find any usefull help elsewhere.
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