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Old 12-16-2003, 09:08 PM   #1
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Redhat 9 blank screen when starting x


Now I've done it. Redhat 9 with a 2.4.22 kernel was running fine and I had to go and run up2date. I saw an update for xfree86 and so I told it to update it. up2date checked the dependencies, added a few other packages to the download, and grabbed about 12 megs worth of stuff and installed it.

I rebooted and the text section of the boot appears to go fine until it's time to switch to the GUI. Instead of getting the graphical login, I get a totally blank screen. CTRL-ATL-F5 does nothing.

I'm able to boot into single user mode. How can I recover my system.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:10 PM   #2
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At the lilo/grub prompt pass init 3 as a
parameter, then find the xconfigurator
for RH and see what it does :)


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Old 12-16-2003, 09:32 PM   #3
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Thanks tinkster, I'm able to boot into text mode but it appears Redhat 9 no longer has Xconfigurator. I found a post on-line that said to use 'redhat-config-xfree86' instead but that attemtps to launch x-windows which, of course, leaves me with a blank screen. Any way for me to undo the up2date updates in text mode?
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:37 PM   #4
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Sorry mate, no clue ... and there's a reason
why I use a distro that makes me do everything
manualy ;)

You could, however, backup your /etc/X11/XF86Config
and start a new with the original X tools ...

xfree86setup, xf86config, xf86cfg, XFree86 -configure


Cheers,
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:32 PM   #5
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I just reinstalled X from the Redhat 9 installer CD and everything booted up fine. I learned my lesson tinker, manual is the way to go! Thanks again for your help.
 
  


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