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The startx command will help only if you have manually configured the system to boot without X (by editing /etc/inittab). If you have not done this, then you need to look for the error in the log file that will explain why X will not start.
There's no manual configuration needed. Issue the command startx; if X starts then you are configured to start without X for some reason when the system boots. If X doesn't start when you use the startx command, then you need to look at the log file to see why. It's not that complicated.