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OK I just installed rh9 server on a dell gxpro200 (dual200pro cpu) 256MB ram with an S3 trio64V+ video card. the graphic display was fine on the install, and when I made the recovery disk it found my video driver accurately as well as the dell p780 monitor, all was fine. Then I went to restart and had a perfect X display for the login screen, but after I entered my username and password the screen was just a blueish green (I am color challenged), with no icons and I had no panel or toolbar at the bottom of the screen. I had a terminal window that would open when I r-clicked anywhere on the screen. My first assumption is that the resolution is wrong or the drivers incorrect. If it's my resolution, how can I change it? Is there a safe-mode like in windows? r-clicking the screen does not give me resolution options. Please help.
Seems to me that your system cannot start your windows manager (KDE, GNOME) and falls back to "safe mode" which means X and an XTerm and nothing more.
If the X server starts as you tell, should not be a problem of resolution.
Look for Kde or gnome error messages under the logs.