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Old 03-27-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
timswim78
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GNOME appears as a blank screen after login


I was running Fedora 3, and I got a bunch of pop-up error windows when I logged into GNOME with any account. I can no longer remember what they said.

I thought that upgrading to Fedora 4 may fix the problem, so I upgraded. Now, after I log in, all that I get is a blue screen.

I can get in to a Fail Safe Terminal, but I do not know what to dot o rememdy the situation.

Is there a way that I can install KDE or something else?

All that I really want to do is backup my data files and then reformat and reinstall.
 
Old 03-27-2005, 09:19 PM   #2
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Changing Window Manager

Did you install more than one Window Manager ( such as Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox ) when you set up Fedora Core 3? If not, do you have Yum installed and working? If you have more than one WM installed, you can use the command "/usr/bin/switchdesk" to switch default desktops. If that doesn't work, there is a command line - "startx gnome/kde/fluxbox" for starting XWindow server with the WM that you specify.

Also, if you had Linux configured to starting graphical mode ( aka Runlevel 5 ), you can change that by logging in as root and editing /etc/inittab. Change this line:

id:5:initdefault:
To read:
id:3:initdefault:

And reboot to come up to a console login.

Hope this helped you out a bit.
 
Old 03-27-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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Re: Changing Window Manager

Quote:
Originally posted by fortezza
Did you install more than one Window Manager ( such as Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox ) when you set up Fedora Core 3? If not, do you have Yum installed and working? If you have more than one WM installed, you can use the command "/usr/bin/switchdesk" to switch default desktops. If that doesn't work, there is a command line - "startx gnome/kde/fluxbox" for starting XWindow server with the WM that you specify.

Also, if you had Linux configured to starting graphical mode ( aka Runlevel 5 ), you can change that by logging in as root and editing /etc/inittab. Change this line:

id:5:initdefault:
To read:
id:3:initdefault:

And reboot to come up to a console login.

Hope this helped you out a bit.
GNOME is the only installed window manager, so I will need another solution.
 
Old 03-28-2005, 11:14 AM   #4
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Well, I tried mounting the drive in a Mandrake system and totally botched it. So, I then installed the drive in a Windows XP system and used a free utility that allowed me to recover my files from the linux partition. In case you are wondering, the utility is called R-Linux and is found at http://www.r-tt.com
 
Old 04-10-2005, 12:31 PM   #5
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Sorry things did not go well, and thank you for posting the link for the free ext2 recovery utility. That reminds me, I was researching file systems yesterday to format a new RAID set I had built, and XFS,JFS,and ext3 have a lot of good features over ext3, so you might want to look at one of them. I wanted to use XFS ( great for big files ) but the RAID server is using kernel 2.4.22, which apparently doesn't support it.
 
  


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