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Old 04-19-2005, 02:48 PM   #1
squinn
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Can not log in to RedHat machine


My RedHat 9 machine recently froze up on me and so I had to restart it. Now, I can no longer login to the X-Windows.

The black (textual) login screen pops up like usual at first. Normally this is when the X-Windows GUI usually starts up and I log in through the GUI. However, now the X-Windows GUI never shows up. After a few seconds, black login screen exits and you can not log in. A blank screen appears now appears and the login screen flashes on aobut ever 30 seconds or so.

How can I get around this? I've tried "alt +f2" and "alt+f3" but nothing works. How can I log in to a terminal so I can fix the xwindows?



* I think the problem was caused by installing a program that used up all of the disk space in the partition.

Thanks in advance...
 
Old 04-19-2005, 03:52 PM   #2
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It sounds to me like your X server, which normally occupies vt7, died, and left you at vt7. Try ctrl+alt+F1 to get back to your main console, and see if you can address the issue from there.
 
Old 04-19-2005, 04:46 PM   #3
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I guess my question is WHEN do i specify ctrl + alt + whatever???

I can't get to the main console...
 
Old 04-19-2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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You should always be able to get back to your main vt...perhaps your X server is actually crashing your machine.

Start up your machine in single user mode to prevent it from attemption to start the X server (or any other periphery services) automatically at startup. Do this by passing the "single" argument to your kernel in the bootloader. From this point, you should at least be able to use your console to figure out what might be going wrong.

See here for more details: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/LILO.html
 
  


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