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i recently installed Linux on a new harddrive, and after finishing the installation, it asked to login.. so i put 'root' as my login, and the password i set when i installed it.. after that, i THINK i'm supposed to type 'startx'? i've never used Linux before though.. anyway, i typed that in, and it says(among other things) "Fatal server error: no screen found"
any idea how to fix this? i really need this computer running when school starts on monday
What distro did you install? No screen found means that X isn't configured
properly. And while you're still fresh and young to the Linux community: never, EVER run your box as root. Create a separate user for every day
tasks, and save your root account for when you really need it.
Btw, the thread title is misleading: you ARE logged in, you're just
not using X.
yea i heard that about root, but i honestly dunno what else to do, as i said i'm very new to linux and wasn't sure of any other command to use, since i don't recall giving it a login id to use with the password.
as for the distro, it's Red Hat Linux 9, if that's what you were asking for
it's Red Hat Linux 9, if that's what you were asking for
It is indeed. Try running XConfigurator ( I think that's their command-line tool
to set-up X) ... how new/recent is the hardware? Chances are that -since RH9 is
quite ancient- it may actually not be able to handle your graphics card.
As for root: try
adduser and/or useradd (read their man-pages) to create a normal user account
for yourself, preferably with a different password than roots.