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When you add the 'single' option like Tink said, you won't have that problem. After booting into runlevel 1 using the 'single' option, you can alter the /etc/inittab file to set the default runlevel to 3 or something. Search these forums on how to do it. That will make configuring XFree86 (aka X) easier by booting to a command-line. Run X by running 'startx'.
You know there's 58 pages for the newby section alone, right? All I need is somebody to tell me how to do what you are telling me to do. That'll be it. I really appologize for acting like an annoying noob, but when it comes to Linux, that's what I am :-)
Yes it is the right procedure.
Grub is a bootloader, used for loading Linux. Most people use Grub or another bootloader called LILO. Red Hat usually uses Grub. The bootloader's purpose is to load the Linux kernel & initrd (if needed, distros like RH usually do this). The initrd carries modules that the kernel might need to boot (distros like Red Hat like to put drivers in seperate modules instead of integrating them in the kernel, for flexibility) You add options just by putting it after a space after the kernel/Linux entry. Examples:
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz single
I'm assuming that when x fails to load you get left with a login prompt. If so then you can fix your problem without changing the run levels back and forth.
Here are your commands.
1) Login as root.
2) cd /etc/X11/
3) cp XF86config XF86config.bak (not really necessary is it doesn't work to begin with but...)
4) xf86config (answer the question correctly and a new XF86config file will be created. If you need to scroll up in the console hold down shift and hit page up.)
6) killall gdm-binary (this will reload x if gnome is what you're using, if not reboot to test out the new config)
The above worked for me in RH8, whenever I messed up my XF86config file.
After typing cp....It says "overwrite xfconfig.bak?" or something like that.
Do you press enter? I did, and there was no confirmation, so I'm assuming that is normal. After that, I did what you said and it doesn't seem to be working. I typed xf86config <enter> and it's still not working. I'm still working on this so if I figure it out I'll post, but as of now I've had no luck.
you can hit "y" as well to overwrite the existing file, but creating a backup is not really going to help as the file you have now doesnt work.
I guess you do not have it in your path, so you'll have to type "/usr/X11R6/bin/xf86config" and hit enter to run the program, if that doesnt work try typing "locate xf86config" to see if you even have the program on your computer, but you should though.