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There are reasons why you may not be able to get to a gui, immediately. If there is a configuration problem, the gui may fail with errors.
Try this, from the command line, type 'startx' without the quotes, and see it will start. If it does not, copy down the error messages and post them.
I got the GUI when it starts up, but then it switches to command line and asks me to login and then won't go back to GUI. I don't like using BASH for everything, it's annoying, I installed this thinking there was yum, not even a yum command. I'm really disliking mandriva, fedora, centos, etc...
Distribution: Fedora14,Scientific 6.1?, Mandriva 2010 ;GO MAGEIA!!!Next up Gentoo
Sorry for the erroneous post. Camorri is right and is trying to help you with a compatibility issue with your graphics card and or driver. He's trying to give you a work around because your GUI is not going to work until you can configure , and or change your driver for your graphics card. So to remedy it you will have to use a text terminal type of thing to get it to work. After that you should not have to use your command terminal too often.
Last edited by theKbStockpiler; 03-11-2011 at 08:42 PM.
Reason: screwed up
The permissions for this file are the '-rwxr-xr-x' This is a set of three groups of three. The first three are for the owner, root. rwx means read, write and execute. Root can do everything. Then next three are for group. The group assigned is also root. If my user is part of the root group, then I could r-w, meaning I could read the file, and execute the file. I can not write the file. Last group of three are for every other user, not root user or root group. They can read and execute the file.
Now for you to get the locate command to work, you need to become root to run the 'updatedb' command once. This builds a database of the files on your system. To become root, at a command prompt you would type 'su'. The system will prompt for a password, you should have set one when you installed the system. Enter it, press enter. The cursor will not move when you type the root password. Run the command, then type 'exit' to log out of root.
Now you could run 'locate startx'. If it is installed, it will be listed. You could then use the 'cd /usr/bin' to change to the directory where the command is. Then do a 'ls -l startx'.
Post the results of 'ls -l startx'.
If it is not there, then you have something wrong with the install. We'll have to look at what you might not have done there.
Remember, we can not see what is on your system. We only know what you tell us.
as root, in order to create the database.
or use the find command
find / -name startx
I did, I decided to try reinstalling Mandriva one last time (I'm currently on it), I haven't rebooted yet, but so far the GUI is working fine. When I goto restart I don't know if the GUI is going to come back up (it didn't last time), I hope it does, but no guarantee.