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okay, so I have fedora core 2 on my machine and it's been running perfectly. however about a week ago I filled up the disc space, though this may have nothing to do with anythying. so a few days later I boot up my machine, login, and tye in the command "startx"(I'm on runlevel 3) and the screen turns black as if it's going to activate, but then it comes back to error messages and returns to the command line.
I'd prefer not to reinstall my entire system as I have it set up just the way I like it (with the centrino wireless card actually working right), so I figured there might be someway to actually reinstall the xwindows system on fedora.
if you have any other ideas I'd be happy to hear them. it said something about not being able to load default font, and to check the log(I can make those available if needed.), and sm-client fails to deactivate when I shut down.
please everyone, help. I hate coding in windows notepad and my computer science exams are coming up.
Oh dear lord, I had exactly the same problem happened to me last week. Yes, running of of disk space will do that to you. At the time, I didn't know it was the disc space that is causing the problem, so I got myself a harddrive and reinstalled a new os on it. Then I copied the /etc/X11R6 folder from the new os to the bad one.
Now that I know the problem, you just wait until the system give you a problem page, answer no to all the questions, then boot yourself to the single user, then remove unwanted files. Reboot, this should fix your problem.
you say you don't want to reinstall linux... why are you even prepared to reinstall X? if X crashes out, it does so for a reason, and you will be presented with a useful, readble error message to look at and act upon. if you're not sure what it means or what to do about the particular message, post them here.
The Login will repeat itself repeatedly a few times, then it will stop and then a dialog page stating the XServer will pop out, it will ask some questions (can't remember then anymore). You answer no to all of them and the single login prompt will be dispalyed. This is where you log in and do your clean up.