This is really weird I have never had it happen before but when I do "startx" in normal user mode I get these errors:
hostname: Unkown host
Using authority file /home/vye/.Xauthority
Writing authority file /homevye/.Xauthority
(EE) Problem parsing the config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFiles()
Fatal server error:
no screens found
XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
Then when I su to root with that user it says:
bash: startx: command no found
Then when I logout and login as root and do "startx" it starts up that ugly default windows manager just perfectly. I checked to see if they were looking at the same configuration files and they are but I have never had this happen before so I'm stumped.