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Old 01-24-2005, 07:20 PM   #1
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loging in..


Its been a while since I used any linux distro, so by now i have gone from knowing some stuff to nothing. I recently tried several distros on my computer. It is a custom computer with scuzie hard drives and all kinds of hardware you don't usually get in a computer these days.
I final found a distro that would support all the hardware and work for my needs, that distro is Conectiva.
I don't remember anything like this happening last time i used linux, but when i start up it asks for the username/password. But everything is text, there is no buttons or mouse or anything. So i put in my username/password. Then instead of starting OS the rest of the way like i expected it says the following
Code:
[user@computername user]$
I have no idea what to do. My friends say they dint remember what you do what that happens. If you know please help me
 
Old 01-24-2005, 07:22 PM   #2
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su -c "/sbin/init 5"

That will ask for your root password and then get you where I think you want to be - in graphical mode.

HTH,

Samsara
 
Old 01-24-2005, 07:33 PM   #3
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thanks for helping me, but it dosnt work

when i put in
Code:
-c "/sbin/init 5"
it just asks for my password again, and i put it in, then put in that thing again, and it goes to my password. This apperently is not working. It just makes it loop.
 
Old 01-24-2005, 07:55 PM   #4
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That prompt you see actually IS your OS... what you
expect (would like to see) is a graphical environment
(which is actually non-related). I don't know anything
about your distro, but what happens if you type
startx
?


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 01-24-2005, 08:08 PM   #5
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Thumbs up

Hey, thats getting me somewhere. Now it goes into... what seems like it might be a graphic envroment, but im not sure thats what i want it to look like. its just a textured screen, with a black textbox in the upper right hand corner. If i type startx into that ig says:

Code:
Fatal server error:
server is already active for display 0
            If this server is no longer running, remove  /tmp/.X0-lock
            and start again.
Any idea what that means, or what your supposed to do?

P.S. dont think i know anything about this distro either

Last edited by longbow99; 01-24-2005 at 08:11 PM.
 
Old 01-24-2005, 08:15 PM   #6
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That means that X is properly configured and can be started,
but that you didn't chose a window manager yet. To get that
done is distro-specific though. Maybe have a google-search
or use the search on LQ...


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 01-24-2005, 08:21 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot for your help I think i can figure it out from here

Thanks a lot.
 
Old 01-25-2005, 01:02 AM   #8
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Hey, it want that... some how my motherboard graphic card seems to be unsupported by Linux. When i tore the graphics card out of my scrap computer, and put it in my linux workstation it started up fine. I never would have got that far without you Tink, THANKS!
 
  


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