I'm not sure if this is a RTFM-question or anything that's been asked before here but I don't reallly know what to search for or which FM I should be checking. :/ The problem is this:
I've not been working with linux that long and I'm quite demanding. I wanted some extra software on my computer and guess what, I kept downloading, installing, uninstalling etc, because of dependencies. On a forum I read somewhere that Red Carpet should be quite useful for solving dependencies so I reinstalled Red Hat and downloaded and installed Ximian Gnome. Everything went fine, and I started happily updating and managing the system (until I found out that the software I wanted wasn't found or recognised by Red Carpet but that's a different matter)
Now what happened was that I couldn't log out of Ximian normally so the first number of times I just turned it off using that big shiny bottom at the front of the tower but after a while I remembered that there was a command line too.
So I used the command "shutdown -h now". Computer shut down properly and I was happy again, until I restarted the system and at the graphical login I suddenly only had three types of sessions left: Gnome, "LAST" or another one I can't remember. At least it wasn't Ximian or KDE (which was also included in the system).
When I log in all that happens is that i get a purplish screen with my mouse point on it and nothing else. Nothing happens, except when I push ctrl+alt+backspace, then I get the same graphical login screen again.
Can somebody please tell me which log I need to find where to see what's going on or even better, tell me how to fix this? I already tried an "update" with the RH9 cd but that didn't help. Sorry about the long story by the way..