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Old 08-30-2002, 06:18 PM   #1
Ice Dragon
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Installed Slackware, but no KDE?

Ok, so I installed slackware today (not so bad), but now all I have is the command prompt =-/. I thought it would have sent me to a screen similar to the screen when you boot up RedHat and then I could have chosen which win manager to use, but ti didn't =-/.

I'm not sure what to do. Maybe it is because I use LILO to boot up? (wasn't sure if I should have setup LILO or not, didn't know if I could boot up without it). Can you please help me? I am new to linux so I don't know my why around it much yet.
Old 08-30-2002, 07:34 PM   #2
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Slackware starts up by defualt in multi-user mode (runlevel 3). This is why you are presented with a console.

You can start up x-windows with the command `startx` from the console, or change your runlevel to level 4 - which will start x at boot up.

I prefer to start up in console mode, especially if anything happened to x-windows. But you can change your defualt runlevel in /etc/inittab. You can do so by doing the following:

login or su to root
pico /etc/inittab

look for a line that looks like 'id:3:initdefault:', you should see a comment line above it that says Default runlevel or something... anyway change the 3 to a 4 so that it looks like 'id:3:initdefault:' - press ctrl-X to exit, y to save and now your system will boot up into x.

Last edited by wickdgin; 08-30-2002 at 07:35 PM.
Old 08-30-2002, 07:44 PM   #3
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During the Slack you should have been prompt to setup a default Window manager. The first choice is KDE I think. That setting is what the system will run when the X system is configured. Which is your next step usually. You can attempt to use the "startx" command to see if you get anything graphical to be displayed or just error messages. I usually get latter! Without knowing any of your hardware, I would think I can suggest two ways to configure. 1st) Try standard VESA mode. 2nd) See if X will configure itself.

The 1st method, try the following after logging as root:

cd /etc/X11
mv XF86Config XF86Config.orig
mv XF86Config-vesa XF86Config

The second method, also as root:


If you get a graphical screen and the mouse works OK, etc. Then save the config by using the buttons indicated. I haven't used it for awhile so I can't remember the details. But I have had success with the program where other methods have failed.

Welcome to the Slack world!
Old 08-31-2002, 10:05 PM   #4
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Thanks! It worked!


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