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I installed Fedora Core 3 on my desktop and then needed XFree86 for something.
I went through all the instructions as outlined on the site, including ensuring I had no X session running by chaning the inittab file to not load up gnome at the start. I could start gnome running from the console by typing in "startx" (definitely tested this).
After going through the installation procedure, I then ran the XFree86 -configure option. This produced me a new configuration file. It didn't pick up my mouse so I had to edit the config directly. After than, running the XFree86 with this config file to test it brought up a green screen with a little X icon for the mouse... this was from running the following:
XFree86 -xf86config /root/XF86Config.new
According to a forum entry very similar to this I found, this "green screen" was just XFree86 testing itself and everything had gone well.
Therefore, I rebooted the system. When it had started up again, after logging in as root I typed startx.
What came up was what I imagine the default X gui... i.e a green screen, a clock in the corner and a few console windows open.
Checking the logs afterwards told me it couldn't "init font path element" for two fonts : TTF and CID. Woudl that have anything to do with it?
How can I get gnome running again ?- have been googling it for hours now to no avail. I think my problem is that I don't know which particular component is responsible for loading up gnome.