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If you switched to the virtual console by pressing Alt+Ctrl+F<1-6> you should know how to get back to GUI - Alt+Ctrl+F7 !
Secondly, you can type run level command "init 5" to switch to GUI interface from CLI.
dont enclose it in double qoutes.
Lastly if u want to make it default (run GUI at startup) you can make changes in inittab (inittab cantains run level settings) file.
Find the line containing word 'default', set default to 5. Save the changes and exit from the vi editor.
next time when you restart your system, it will bootup in GUI mode.
which distro are you using? i use slack, and runlevel 5 is configured to be the same as runlevel 3, which boots into text mode - although startx from the command line boots to my default window manager with no problem. And I point out that I have never tried booting to runlevel 5...
I boot to runlevel 4 to get to my login gui screen, but figuring out your inittab sounds like it would fix the problem...