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Old 03-18-2004, 10:05 AM   #1
Charlie Spencer
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New RH9 install-local login screen blinks


I've installed RH9 on a Compaq Proliant 1500.

I had to specify "linux text skipddc mem=exactmap mem=128K@0 mem=127M@1M" to get the installation to run without "Not enough memory" errors.

During the install I selected several package groups and the Gnome interface; the automatic dependency check did not report anything missing. I specifically requested the system boot to a graphical interface, not a text one.

After the install, the system rebooted to a text login screen. This screen is displayed for about two seconds, then the screen goes blank for five seconds, then the text login screen reappears. The hard drive array continuously thrashes like a spastic crackhead in a mosh pit.

If I'm time my keystrokes for the period when the display is active, I can get logged on.

I've reloaded RH9 a second time with the same results.

Question 1: Why am I getting a text login when I asked for a GUI?

Question 2: Why does the display only get output for a few seconds at a time?

Question 3: What is stressing my hard drives?
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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Re: New RH9 install-local login screen blinks

Quote:

Question 1: Why am I getting a text login when I asked for a GUI?

Question 2: Why does the display only get output for a few seconds at a time?

Question 3: What is stressing my hard drives?

You are getting the GUI, kinda. It sounds like its trying to load gdm/xdm/kdm but XFree86 isnt working with the display driver selected, so its booting back to text. Then trying to open again, and failing over and over.

first thing you gotta do, boot into a mode that you login to.
boot into init 3, or single
then use chkconfig to stop xdm/gdm from starting, until you get XFree86 working.
OR fix Xfree86, and leave it running.

Ul have to do some research on how to get your display working for your model of video card/laptop. Perhaps start another post with that in it.

k.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 01:31 PM   #3
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Okay, thanks. I'll have to research -everything- you said except "display driver", so I'm afraid I'm can't reply anytime soon and let you know if this works. Again, thanks.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 02:50 PM   #4
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Don't ask me how, but I've managed to get logged on as root and have a stable display. Using the Red Hat manual as a reference, I'm trying to run gedit on an inittab file and change "id:5:initdefault" to "id:3:initdefault".

When I enter:

gedit /etc/inittab

I get:

(gedit:829): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Anybody got any clues?
 
  


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