INIT: Id "X" respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
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Hmmmm... Are you sure it was the power going out and not the updates that is causing X to not work?
You might want to try copying your xorg.conf.new file over the old one (cp xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf) so that the respawning X will load it automatically. I'm not sure, but I'm thinking that maybe X isn't starting up properly (black screen) because you already have it running (the respawning process).
Also, if that was the case, "X -configure" might not have detected things properly... (I remember something similar happening to me at one time). So, if there's a way to do so, you may want to boot into a login shell instead of X as it might make troubleshooting / fixing the problem easier.
By the way, I'm not sure how unresponsive your computer was at the time of the latest crash, but usually, when X stops working properly, you can force it to exit (or in your case, restart) with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace without having to reboot your computer.
I deleted xorg.conf and xorg.conf.new and run X -configure after that I had to edit the file /root/xorg.conf.new manualy when I was done I run X -config /root/xorg.conf.new and the screen went blank with a X for the mouse. The mouse can be moved around but Gnome never did load I also copied /root/xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/xorg.conf but when I run startx I get the same error.
"X -config /root/xorg.conf.new" only runs the X server, it doesn't startup gnome. However, the fact that the X cursor comes up means that it's working fine. If you want to test it without overwriting your old file, try this:
OK I used YUM to update from the command line and it updated a lot of xorg stuff xorg-lib was one of them.
after that I rebooted and my box come up in runlevel 5. I did not change it to that level I had it in 3 it change on its own after the updates. the splash screen come up showing the bar loading the box froze. I had to reset it and noticed the next time it froze the last thing loaded was
starting HAL daemon OK
after that it locked up
It does not give me an option for text mode. How can I get it back to runlevel 3 so I can get the info you asked for?
With Fedora you can use the install CD to boot up in rescue mode. After ISOLINUX comes up and you get to the initial screen enter linux rescue at the boot prompt. It will then ask you for your language and search for your Linux installation. Once it finds the installation it will mount to /mnt/sysimage. The rescue mode then puts you into a shell. At this point you are running as root and have a stripped down version of linux where you can run several utilities, even rpm. This will allow you to change /mnt/sysimage/etc/inittab so the next time you boot it will go to the command line. While in rescue you can also chroot /mnt/sysimage /bin/bash to set your root directory to its normal place.
Now for the bad news, I made some updates to my RedHat 7.3 system a while back and ran into the same problem you did with the respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes. I also recall seeing the error on libXmuu.so.1. My upgrade was from glibc 2.2 to glibc 2.3 which involved about 7 packages. I did this because I wanted to upgrade another package which had dependencies on the newer version of glibc. Things were fine until I rebooted and X had issues.
These updates also had an effect on rpm causing it to segfault when I would execute an update or install. I tried using rescue mode to put the packages I had upgraded back to their original version. However, after endless googles and repair attempts I never did get things working again. As a final solution I ended up performing a reinstall. I seriously hope you have better luck than I did. Looking back I should have known better since any applications with ties to glibc 2.2 would end up malfunctioning without remorse.
I have this problem when I update the kernel via Yum but forget to reinstall the NVidia drivers before rebooting. Here are a few related tips:
After X is disabled for 5 minutes, you can login as root and reinstall NVidia Drivers to match your new kernel ( assuming this is the problem )
If you can not get to the command prompt in the default terminal, try pressing and holding <ctrl> and <alt> keys simultaneously, and then press and release the <f2> key. This will switch you to the second terminal session ( by default Fedora runs 6 terminal sessions, keys <F1>-<F6> , and maps the X Server started in each terminal to the terminal Function key Number + 6, so if you type "startx" in terminal 1, <ctrl>+<alt>+<F7> will switch you to that X Server window )
At the command line, as root, you can type "init 3" or "/sbin/init 3" to switch to run level 3. To make this the default runlevel, edit "/etc/inittab" file so that the default run level is 3.
If you want to change the graphics driver ( module ) XServer uses., you can edit ( for Xorg ) "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" driver section to change driver it loads. The generic Nvidia drive module name is "nv", which you have to manually change to read "nvidia" to us NVidia's closed source driver.
Hopefully some of this is useful, I do not know the cause of the problem, but if you use an Nvidia card, most like this will help.