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Old 02-18-2004, 06:44 PM   #1
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GUI issue in 9.2


I installed Mandrake 9.2 on my system but it won't load the GUI. It asks me at a text prompt for my login and password, but it won't load the GUI. Someone please help me figure out how to load the GUI.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 06:52 PM   #2
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did you try to type startx after logging?
 
Old 02-18-2004, 08:42 PM   #3
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of coarse I didn't, I am an idiot. I don't know very much about linux until i get into root
 
Old 02-19-2004, 12:10 AM   #4
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when I put startx in and press enter I get an error back, "XIO: fatal IO error 104". What do I do to fix it?
 
Old 02-19-2004, 12:31 AM   #5
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Try typing gdm if you installed Gnome or kdm if you have KDE. Hopefully this will load a desktop and from there you can use the mandrake control center to set up x to start up from boot.
 
Old 02-19-2004, 12:39 AM   #6
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Hi jbates83!!!

I almost forget. Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org! Well, your error message is not a very pretty one. I've never seen it before, but I believe this is caused because either you or Mandrake, during the install process, had got wrong information about your hardware, either video card or monitor. There has to be a command line tool for mandrake to reprobe the monitor/video card, so you can change the setting before typing startx. Maybe someone here with more Mandrake experience will show you which tool that is.... For example, with Redhat, we type redhat-config-xfree, to re-setup the video properties.
Indeed, you could reinstall the hole thing again and make sure that Mandrake installer probes correctly everything on your machine, specially video, monitor and mouse to avoid pos-install issues.

Some files which are good for you to check is /etc/X11/XF86Config.

If you read the "almost end" of that file carefully, you might try to edit the configurations manually. You will need to know how to handle a command line text editor as pico (type pico + name of the file to open, you also have to be root). Another thing to check is /var/log/XFree86.log. That file contains the informations in details about what happened when you've typed startx and possibly why it has failed...

If you are totally new to Linux, I recommend you reinstalling the distro, making sure that it probes everything correctly (it tests the video during the install, make sure it works this time). An average Linux user might fix the problem, but right at the beginning trying to fix a video problem, learn a text editor, verify files, paths and other stuff can be very frustrating. It's much easier to have a 100% working system and brake it while learning... my two cents!.

Good luck my friend!

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Old 02-19-2004, 02:01 AM   #7
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I did a complete reinstall and my system setup has not and will not change at all and I still cant get the GUI to load. It is still giving me the error message and neither the "kdm" nor the "gdm" command worked. I am frustrated. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ! ! ! !
 
Old 02-19-2004, 02:42 AM   #8
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Could you please tell me your hardware specifications? Graphics-card = type, model, amount of RAM; processor = type, model, speed, RAM = amount and the type of installation you did with Mandrake? Fully, customized, etc
 
Old 02-19-2004, 03:34 PM   #9
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I have an AMD Athalon 1.1 GHz processor, 512 system RAM, an AGP 64 mb ATI Radeon 7500 graphics card, and I installed all the packages that I was givin the option to install so I would assume that it would be a full install.
 
Old 02-19-2004, 09:17 PM   #10
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I know that my copy of 9.2 because my friend used it and installed it on his computer, so the problem has to be within my computer.
 
Old 02-28-2004, 02:40 AM   #11
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I am still having the problem and I also tried to install Red Hat 9 but also got the same error. Does anyone have any ideas on what is causing the error and/or how to fix it?
 
Old 02-28-2004, 07:06 AM   #12
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Have you tried editing the settings in XF86config to check that they're correct?
 
  


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