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I haven't loaded X as root in about 2 months. Today I tried to do so, and it seemed to start up as usual, but when the screen went blank, and the "X" cursor appeared, the computer stops. The pointer moves with the mouse, but there is nothing to click on, none of the buttons do anything, and ^C / ^Z don't do anything. I've tried to load it about ten times, and it never finishes loading. One time I was able to hit ^Z just as it started, and got it to stop. There didn't seem to be any unusual messages on the screen. Note that X loads just fine under my normal login.
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
it would be /root/.xinitrc
it may not it exist. it's not necessary.
if there isn't one, then i think /etc/X11/xinit gets used instead.
i can't remember for sure which file gets used if there isn't
a .xinitrc in the users home dir.
copy the .xinitrc from your users home dir to root's dir, and
then try it.