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Have a new problem booting with FC2 on a Dell Laptop. Have been able to do it fine. Did a lot of stuff yesterday with apt/Synaptic (still worked fine) including finally installing mplayer. This morning:
Try to boot (using GRUB). Goes into Linux ok, but then won't give me the normal graphical login. The shell option only flashes up briefly, and won't stay (even when I managed to log in like this, it keeps flashing ?is it trying to start x all the time?)
Tried rescuing using the FC2 rescue CD, no help.
I THINK the problem might be with the screen resolution., but I don't know where to find the settings. In addition, I'm worried that there's something more profound going on as even the shell seems to be behaving funnily....the odd thing is that when I shut it down using the power button, all the shutdown messages come up ok
p.s. Dell Latitude D600, ATI Radeon <something> card with 32MB VRAM, 512MB RAM, 40 GB HD, partitioned into a windows NTFS, a shared FAT and a set of linux parts (am sending this from Windows)
try reading throug the log-file the XServer creates on each startup
to do that: switch to a console (the XServer is usually running on VC7 - to get to a console and then be able to login you would do: pressing CTRL+ALT+F? - with F? being one out of the first 6 Function keys on the top row of your keyboard)
-sorry for describing that, while you probably alredy knew...just making sure
the log-file is probably in /var/log/... and called XFree86.0.log or similar
another one is the .xsession-errors file in your home-directory
and reading the end of /var/log/sys.log could also help finding out, what went wrong