I'm posting this from a computer lab away from home so the details may be a little sketchy.
I am currently running Mandrake 9.1.
In a rush to shutdown my linux box I was frantically trying different commands, forgetting that halt was what I was looking for. I was familiar with using shutdown -r now to reboot the computer, so without looking at the man pages to reference shutdown, I just used "shutdown now". Of course, instead of going through the shutdown process I was sent into single user mode and in runlevel 1 (I think). I then remembered that halt was the command I was looking for and then used that and left for a few days.
I come back to the box yesterday and boot it up to my command prompt login. I login and then try to start up X/KDE and it tries momentarily and then brings up an error. The error was similar to "screens not available". I rebooted and checked to ensure that I was booting into runlevel 5, which is the Mandrake default (I think). I'm pretty much at a loss as to why I'm unable to start up X and KDE and I don't have the first idea where to begin looking to correct my error. Also, while booting the initial process of checking for new hardware now fails everytime, although this one is a minor issue until I have new hardware
Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.