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Old 04-14-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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no GUI after updates startx no go


Sorry if this has been covered before.

I am a Linux novice

I downloaded the latest up dates and lost my GUI I used STARTX and it loaded the GUI I got a message saying something along the lines of

there is a propitiatory driver for you video card would you like to use it
I clicked yes it told me to log out and log back in

I did so and now STARTX doesn't work I have an ATI card

3 questions

1.how do I get it to load the GUI
2.how do I get it to boot straight to the GUI
3.how do I change my root password
 
Old 04-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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Quote:
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1.how do I get it to load the GUI
Uninstall the proprietary driver and install the open source one.
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2.how do I get it to boot straight to the GUI
Make sure your /etc/inittab has 'id:5:initdefault:'.
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3.how do I change my root password
Acquire a root prompt, type 'passwd' and change it.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #3
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login single user mode
cd /etc/X11
see if there's a xorg.conf.back file
 
Old 04-15-2011, 02:18 AM   #4
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lupusarcanus: if you please

as i said am a newbie how do i go about ininstalling the drive throug the commoand line?

thanks for all you help
 
Old 04-15-2011, 02:41 AM   #5
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when you type "startx" What is the error messages. Also when it installed that driver and rewrote your /etc/X11/xorg.conf it is possible you have a backup xorg.conf file. Also you can copy xorg.conf and delete it such as.

cd /etc/X11
mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.bak

startx

Try that. I think the latest X server doesn't need a xorg config to run on defaults. But don't hold me to that.
 
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:56 AM   #6
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I had to do the oposite jmc
mv xorg.conf.bac xorg.conf
wouldn't it be
mv <from> <to>
?
 
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I had to do the oposite jmc
mv xorg.conf.bac xorg.conf
wouldn't it be
mv <from> <to>
?
We want the OP to get rid of his xorg.conf (which causes X to auto-detect the settings), not restore it.

coboltblue75: Which distro do you use? We can't tell you how to install/remove drivers without knowing!

Last edited by MTK358; 04-15-2011 at 10:20 AM.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 11:49 AM   #8
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We want the OP to get rid of his xorg.conf (which causes X to auto-detect the settings), not restore it.

coboltblue75: Which distro do you use? We can't tell you how to install/remove drivers without knowing!

That was the plan but I don't know what version of X he is using or distro.
 
Old 04-20-2011, 09:42 AM   #9
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I think that this up date really did a number on my linux

distro:
mandrivea 2010 i586
kernal 2.6.31.5

startx no such file or directory
cd/etc/x11 no such file or directory
mv xorg.conf.bak no such file or directory
mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.bak no such file or directory

so i guess i need some how manuly configure my graphics drivers
 
Old 04-20-2011, 09:51 AM   #10
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this is also complicated by the fact that whilest in command line i do not have an internet connection
 
Old 04-25-2011, 07:46 AM   #11
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<mod-edit>Please, can someone help me and shed some light? Thank you, in advance<mod-edit>

Last edited by colucix; 04-25-2011 at 08:55 AM. Reason: Changed inappropriate language with a polite question.
 
Old 04-25-2011, 08:50 AM   #12
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cd/etc/x11 no such file or directory
X should be capitalized, and how is the shell supposed to know that "cd" is the command, and not part of the path, if there's no space in between?

Anyway, first try this:

Code:
urpme fglrx (this is probably wrong)
It should be typed exactly the same to the letter, and spacing and capitalization really matters.

Last edited by MTK358; 04-26-2011 at 01:17 PM.
 
Old 04-25-2011, 03:24 PM   #13
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Sorry to say this but if this has been going on for 11 days. Wouldn't it have been much easier to do a re-install before you got upset and posted something that a moderator had to change?

My suggestion, bite the bullet (figuratively speaking of course) and just do a re-install.
 
Old 04-26-2011, 01:13 PM   #14
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thank you all

btw: k3lt01 a mod chose to modified my post
1. because of my poor spelling
2. my frustration ant having to use windows caused me to use language that was probably inappropriate
3. as I do not spend a lot of time on my computer it took me a bit longer to try things
4. re-install is how you fix windows not linux
 
Old 04-26-2011, 01:17 PM   #15
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Post the output of:

Code:
cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
(spacing and capitalization is very important)

Also, I don't know how the proprietary ATI driver package is called in Mandriva. Maybe someone can tell us. But once you know, I would uninstall it.
 
  


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