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Old 11-06-2003, 01:48 AM   #1
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Gnome task bar / VMware / shut off X


I have just installed RH 9.1 with the Gnome desktop in a VMware virtual machine and a couple things came up.

1. I accidentally moved the task bar at the bottom to the left side. I know in Windows I can put the arrow on the bar on the task bar and drag it where ever I want, but I tried for 45min today with no luck on moving it back to the bottom. Guidance please?

2. As part of installing in a VMware virtual machine, it is recommended I install the VMware tools but this can only be done from the console (not when X windows are running). For me, when RH starts it automatically goes into the "window". How do I get it so the window does not come up? Or how do I shut down the X window?

I would appreciate any help.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 03:08 AM   #2
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1. task bar gone??? lin or win?
2. type "init 3" in console. it will bring u to the what i will call native linux. from there i think u will know what to do.

rh9.1 ??? pardon me but what is that?
rerhat 9.1?????
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:23 PM   #3
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Okay, more clarity. ... I'm using Red Hat 9 from the shrike ISOs.

1. I knew task bar was the wrong wording to describe that thing. The bar (or control panel) that is across the bottom of a fresh install. When I right click and select About, it says Panel Notification Area 2.2.0.1.


2. I have tried stopping X by using <control+alt+backspace>, but the X window automatically starts again and goes right to the login window.
I have tried typing "init 3" from the system console, but I get "command not found" - even when I run it from the same directory (/sbin).
Is there some "startup file" I can edit to make sure X does not start?
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:18 PM   #4
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I don't know about Red Hat, but in Mandrake you can go to a control panel and turn off "automaticly start X". So when you boot, you'll go straight to a command line.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 08:42 PM   #5
shole
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do a "su -"
key in your root password
the run "init 3"

if that don't work login as root (i know u shouldn't, but jus this one time.....)come back here if u still cannot get it
 
Old 11-06-2003, 09:17 PM   #6
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Re: Gnome task bar / VMware / shut off X

DOH ... what shole said :}

Cheers,
Tink

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Old 11-06-2003, 11:02 PM   #7
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???was i wrong????
 
Old 11-06-2003, 11:21 PM   #8
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My problems are solved. I did the "su -" from the Red Hat terminal, but that didn't do what was required. Here is how I solved my problems.

Restarted my machine. At the login window, I selected Session at the bottom and choice Failsafe. That allowed me to login to a console window as root.
Once logged in, I was able to install the VMware tools which then allowed me to set my video resolution. When the resolution was set, I realized the resolution I was working on was out of whack. With the resolution straightened out, I was able to simply drag the panel back to the bottom from the side.

Thanks for everyone's input, but sheer persistence is what got me through. I hope I have the same determination over the next few months while I'm going through my learnings with Red Hat.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 11:44 PM   #9
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good for u.
you can always come back here for help
 
  


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