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Old 12-23-2003, 09:44 PM   #1
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Newbie getting into window manager?


I'm new, and this is my first linux experience. I would like to get into the window manager on my linux system. I believe it was installed when I installed debian, but if not I would like to know how to do that as well.

Anyways, how do I go about getting into the window manager?

Thanks.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 10:26 PM   #2
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startx

see man startx, man xinit, man XF86Config
for more details, that should get you started..
 
Old 12-23-2003, 10:28 PM   #3
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where woudl I enter this?
 
Old 12-23-2003, 10:36 PM   #4
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are you in a graphical user environment already?
if so, what do you mean by window manager? if you mean a browser, try opening a terminal and typing konqueror or nautilus

if you are at a command prompt with no graphical interface, login as root and type startx
 
Old 12-23-2003, 10:41 PM   #5
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I'm at a command prompt. I'm logged in as root right now. When I type in startx it says

bash: startx: command not found
 
Old 12-24-2003, 09:45 AM   #6
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hi guys,

nbn792 what kind of instalattion you did? Support for graphical interface?
try the usual complete path...
/usr/X11R6/bin/startx - this works for Slack...

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Old 12-24-2003, 10:31 AM   #7
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And you probably want it to start by default? No?

If so, then log in as 'root'.
Type 'vi /etc/inittab' and press enter.
This will open a file, press the down arrow until you see this line:

id:1:initdefault:
or
id:3:initdefault:

It's easy to find; it's the first line that doesn't begin with a '#'.
Press 'i'
Change it to:

id:5:initdefault:


Then press the following keys one after another ':wq' and hit enter.
Restart, voila!

Last edited by lokee; 12-24-2003 at 10:32 AM.
 
Old 12-24-2003, 02:43 PM   #8
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Ok, I reinstalled Linux again, being sure to select the desktop manager etc.

Now when I boot the computer it goes through some stuff and then I guess it tries to load the window manager and I just get a black screen for a few minutes then it comes back to a command prompt and automatically tries to enter the window manager again and again. It won't let me do anything.

Now I'm really lost.
 
Old 12-24-2003, 02:45 PM   #9
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BTW, I believe it's tryingto enter something called GNOME?
 
Old 12-24-2003, 02:55 PM   #10
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OK I did a little research and it appears my computer is trying to get into my window manager and gnome but there is a problem and it's "looping".

How do I get out of this looping and fix this?

Thanks so much!
Garrett
 
Old 12-24-2003, 05:46 PM   #11
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try pressing control + alt + f6 this might take you to a command prompt where you can configure x....
 
Old 12-25-2003, 07:35 AM   #12
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What is your graphic card?
This particular problem seems related to the configuration of your graphic card(or monitor?)...
By the way, this should be easy to fix...

Last edited by lokee; 12-25-2003 at 07:37 AM.
 
Old 12-25-2003, 07:42 AM   #13
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Hey, I forgot something essential!
Debian doesn't automatically configure X(If I remember right), so while as root, type this:
'xf86cfg'.
It's a graphical utility for configuring X.
 
Old 12-25-2003, 08:10 AM   #14
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I'm not real sure of the card maker, I just chose the VGA setting to be safe.

I will try that config program.

Thanks for the help!
 
  


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