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TY main problem fixed go to second page and help me with apache i installed it but cant find it anywhere dont know where it could be. help please
I just installed linux and when i boot it asks me what i want to do and i type in linux. then i'm at a command prompt to log in with my username and password. so i do and now i'm stuck where it has [dave@localhost dave]$ and i dont know what to do can someone help me please i'm sure there is a command to start linux i guess or something right?
distro = distribution (mandrake, red hat, slackware etc.)
it's pretty important that we know which one you're using. anyway, it sounds like you haven't configured XF86Config. Basically, linux itself is running fine. X Windows is your graphical sever, X server, or whatever you want to call it. It's the mouse, buttons, pictures, all that stuff. It is completely separate from "linux", but of course a very important part, for most of us. Before you can run an X Windows session, you to configure it (so that it knows where your mouse, keyboard, graphics card, etc. are). To do this, you should be able to type xf86config at the command prompt (after you've logged in of course), and be presented with a step-by-step configuration tool. If you're unsure of your graphics card, or have trouble with it, choose the standard "VESA" drivers. For you mouse, if it's a normal, ps2 mouse, then choose "PS/2" protocol, if it's usb choose "IMPS/2".
For now, that should help you get it up and running. Just type startx again. If it doesn't work then post here again, let us know what the exact error message was, and then post the contents of /home/[your user name]/XF86Config
ok, i'll address the first error first. there are a few different files that might point to your mouse, /dev/mouse, /dev/input/mice, /dev/psaux etc. start with these three, and for each one, type the command below, then wave the mouse around. you're looking for one to start spewing random characters when you do that, which means data is flowing.
(wave the mouse)
once you figure out which one is pointing to your mouse, you need to take a look at your XF86Config file. It's probably in your home directory, /home/[yourUserName]/XF86Config, but if you can't find it there check /etc/X11/XF86Config. you'll need to post at least parts of this file for us to troubleshoot. start by posting the sections dealing with the mouse and the monitor/screen/video card.
hopefully that will give us a better idea of what to try next
it should be /dev/mouse, /dev/input/mice or something similar...
so when you boot up, it takes you to command line right? you log in as dave, enter your password, and you're on command line right? so now you enter
and it says permission denied? that's not a good sign. anything in your home directory should be ok for you to edit. make sure that the file exists by typing
ls -l /home/dave/XF86Config*
make sure that you're being case-sensitive, if you type xf or c in lowercase it won't work. there may be a file with a similar name, but .new or something at the end. if there is, edit that one instead. and then do this:
make sure that above, where i put .new you put the actual filename. what these steps do is set up symbolic links to the actual file that will be right where X expects them to be when you startx. meanwhile, you can edit the .new file as much as you want and since the others just point to that file, you'll be all set.
ok when i put emacs /home/dave/XF86Config with emacs infront of it, it gives me file generated by xf86config.
copyright and permission is hereby granted free of charge,, then you drop down a page and it gives the section "Module" This loads the DBE extension module.
load "dbe" # Double buffer extension and so on. this looks like information on how to do things or commands to run i am guessing its normal?. if you need more info about this let me know i'm leaving it here at this screen there is like 14 page down pages. when i hit page down.
ok i put a new monitor on it and put a new video card on it and i got the screen EE couldnt determin the screen setup so no matter what setting i put it on it wouldnt take it. i would test after test after test and it dont like anything i put in there.