Slax bootable usb - startx: No such file or directory
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startx is a shell script usually installed in the /usr/bin directory of the root system.
All it is saying is that it isn't installed.
You don't run startx from init 5. Runlevel 5 is reserved for display manager startup, and the display manager has to be installed.
It sounds like you have a base installation, but none of the X tools installed (I'm not certain, as it IS possible to install X utilities/libraries without an X server, in which case you won't get startx or a display manager).
Pretty sure it ought to boot into a gui by default. Might it be in single user or recovery mode? I'll agree that it could be a video driver issue that maybe you need to use a boot time option. Slax options are kind of unique maybe similar to knoppix. I'm sure they are some place.