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Old 06-18-2005, 05:41 PM   #1
porkchopexpress
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Unhappy Suse 8.2 Boots to CLI not to GUI


Hey guys, I am a total Linux newbie. Before you guys flame me for asking this question, understand that I've been googling all night long to try and solve my problem.

I just installed Suse 8.2 professional on my Gateway Solo 9500 laptop, which also has Win 98 on it (sorry, don't hate me for still having windows, I need to transition some how) . I went through the installation process, installed kde and gnome, and everything went well until I rebooted Suse and it went right to the command prompt. I entered in as root, and tried the command startx and initx and I got an error message. It directed me to check my XFree86.0.log.

I checked it by running the command

more /var/log/Xfree86.0.log

and it gave me a lot of stuff that I have no idea what it means.
And I also don't know how I can get any of that info on that screen onto here, like, is there a way to extract that log or copy it to an A disk and then transfer it onto this computer so that I can show it to you guys? I tried to look on my windows partition in the explorer to see if I could find the linux partition, but there wasn't a new drive.

Sorry that I'm so clueless, but this problem is totally stressing me out.

Thanks for any help you guys can give me,
Pork
 
Old 06-18-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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Typically you need to run the startx command as a regular user instead of as root.

If you want to boot straight into X, edit /etc/inittab and change the default runlevel.

Create a regualr user if you haven't alreeady, log in as regular user, and then enter startx to run the X server from the CLI
 
Old 06-18-2005, 07:16 PM   #3
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alright, I logged in under my regular user name, (not root) and I got the same error message.

I then typed
Code:
kde
and I got an error that was a few lines long.

I dont know how to copy it, so Im retyping it

xdpyinfo: unable to open display "".
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 233: [: -gt: unary operator expected
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 234: [: -gt: unary operator expected
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 235: [: -gt: unary operator expected
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 236: [: -gt: unary operator expected
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 237: [: -gt: unary operator expected
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 168: add_desktop_position: command not found
cp: cannot create regular file '/Windows_C.desktop: Permission denied
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 171: /Wincows_C.desktop: Permission denied
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 172: /Wincows_C.desktop: Permission denied
/usr/X11R6/bin/kde: line 173: /Wincows_C.desktop: Permission denied
xsetroot: unable toopen display ''
ksplash: cannot connect to X server
kdeinit: ABorting. $DISPLAY is not set.
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
ksmserver: cannot connect to X server
startkde: shutting down . . .
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
Error: Can't contact kdeinit
startkde: Running shutdown scripts...
startkde: Done.



That was what I saw. So I'm going to reinstall and see if i cant load kde again, although this is the third time ive reinstalled, so I have no idea what the problem is.

Once again, sorry for being a newbie, and sorry for not understanding any of this, so please be patient with me.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 07:24 PM   #4
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Hi
But why you are using Suse 8.2?? It won`t be easier to install some new version like Suse 9.2 or 9.3. The Suse 9.2 Professional was in the Linux Magazine or just download it from some ftp.

Cheers
 
Old 06-18-2005, 07:25 PM   #5
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I bought Suse 8.2 like 2 years ago, and put it on my old desktop, just to see if I could, and I did.

I saw the disks lying around the other day and I wanted to put it on my laptop, so that is why I am at the current predicament I am in.
 
Old 06-22-2005, 08:27 AM   #6
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Try "startkde" instead of "kde" after your configure your X. As root,

xf86config

Answer the questions and then try to startx or startkde again. Hope this helps.
 
  


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