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I probably didn't set something up righ, but when i boot my computer no boot-menu comes up to choose between Mandrake and Windows, so it boots directly to Windows. I set up linux so i have the / partion on the hard drive with windows. What could I have done wrong( and what is ACPI)?
OK, I got mandrake up and running, BUT when i boot to Mandrake i see this nice pretty status bar and then some colored words showing the system startup and asking me for file sytem check or not. After that when what appears to be a succesful boot-up appears a black screen with these words:
Mandrakelinux release 10.1 (Community) for i586
Kernal 188.8.131.52-10mdk on an i686 / ttyl
Ummm...ok... where's KDE, where's wonderful GNOME. Where are the GRAPHICS?!?!
Perhaps you didn't set your machine to start the X server on boot. Anyhow, you can go ahead and login and type "startx" (no quotes) at the command prompt to bring up the GUI. If it works, open up /etc/inittab and change the line that looks like:
If typing startx doesn't work, then that explains the issue, and something is borked with your X configuration. You can try re-running xorgconfig to generate a usable X configuration, but there may be a better way in Mandrake (which I don't personally use).
Type in your user name and give the password when asked for it.
The GUI can then be started by the command startx.
You may wish to create an .xinitrc file and put it in your home directory.
# Duron 950 box "tinwhistle" user fancy .xinitrc file
# Start the stuff I want to run when I startx
# The artwiz-fonts sometimes conflict with your locale settings. To get
# them to work you may have to put the following at the beginning of your
# .xinitrc file
# Start gkrellm and put it in the slit
# When configured correctly, gkrellm will run fetchmail the fetchmail daemon
# if you have a .fetchmailrc file correctly set up with permission of 600
gkrellm -w &
# Start the keyboard hotkeys
# Run the Gnome panel
# This will run a screensaver as your background
# /usr/X11R6/lib/xscreensaver/hopalong -root &
# Start the screensaver daemon
screensaver -no-splash &
# Finally, I start my window manager
# Fluxbox that I installed by compiling from source code
# Fluxbox that I installed by rpm
# exec fluxbox
# exec kde
# exec gnome-session
# Sample .xinitrc entries for starting evilwm
# Merge X resources from ~/.Xdefaults
# [ -f $HOME/.Xdefaults ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xdefaults
# Set the background and root cursor shape
# xsetroot -solid \#400040
# xsetroot -cursor_name top_left_arrow
# Start evilwm - snap to borders within 10 pixels
# /usr/bin/evilwm -snap 10 &
# Transfer control to xclock - killing xclock (with Ctrl+Alt+Escape, say)
# will exit our session
# exec xclock -digital -padding 2 -g -0+0
Last edited by fancypiper; 05-07-2005 at 02:36 PM.