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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?
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 188.8.131.52.
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?
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.