I have recently installed a Radeon 9600XT video card in one of my computers which runs dual boot Windows 2000/Red Hat 9.0 Linux. The Windows install went o.k, but my Linux installation showed a VESA driver. I downloaded a new driver from ATI last week to suit my original XFree86 Version 4.3.0 - ATI file fglrx-4.3.0-3.9.0.i386.rpm and tried to install it - install wasn't successful, and in the course of troubleshooting I ended up on the XFree86.org website, and decided to update my XWindows installation to XFree86 Ver 4.4.0, which looked like it might manage the display better. I selected the files and downloaded them and used Xinstall.sh for the installation.
The computer has now lost XWindows totally although I can still use the RH9.0 command line and access my files, however I am a bit wary of pressing on in the command line, as I basically do not consider myself sufficiently up to speed on Linux to do this with confidence.
I tried the Red Hat rescue routine, which got me back into a command line environment, and also tried re-installing Red Hat however when the computer boots up it ends in a loop which seems associated with an incomplete installation of XFree96 Ver. 4.4.0, the error message I am getting is the following :-
INIT: cannot execute "/etc/X11/prefdm" (repeated ten times) then
INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast : disabled for 5 minutes.
In between these messages, I can still access the command line and files, however my Linux books do not mention this message, and I am not sure what to do next.
I have tried renamimg Xinstall.sh to Xinstall.old and rebooting the computer, as I had hoped that that was the source of the problem, but no joy. I have (hopefully) back up copies of my original files, but do not know how to reverse the attempted installation.
Worse case scenario, I just format the hard drive, and start again with a fresh Linux install, but I figure I may as well learn how to drive Linux while I am at it - has to be heaps better than Windows I reckon.
Any help greatly appreciated,