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I have the slackware 9 install cd and have done a full install. I had no problems with the installation and slackware runs. However, when i type startx to begin xwindows i get a "command not found" error. I did a complete full install from the cd, and i have all the X11 directories. I have been trying to figure this out for a few weeks now, and not getting too far as this is the 1st time i've tried to setup and use linux. I have been reading through all the faq and how-to files that slackware installed but everything seems to be for fixing problems with xwindows after it is running and assumes startx does something. I have tried re-installing a few times but each time it is the same. Any help is greatly appreciated. My computer is home built with a soltek SL-75 MRN L motherboard that has a built in geforce4 MX card.
Same problem with Slackware 9.0 in one of my boxes (other boxes seems to be running ok). The solution was using an older Slackware... 9.0 is nasty, unfortunately.
Anyway, if this is you first Linux install ever, I would recommend you RedHat though
hope that means something to you
The XFree86 base package didn't get installed for some reason.
You'll need to install the xfree86-4.3.0-i386-2.tgz package as follows (the command prompt will look a little different on your maching; it's what's after the $ or # character that's important to type):
1. Become root:
Password:<type your root password>
2. Mount your Slackware 9.0 install CD:
root@poole# mount /mnt/cdrom
3. Install the XFree86 base package:
root@poole# installpkg /mnt/cdrom/slackware/x/xfree86-4.3.0-i386-2.tgz
I also had a bunch of weird problems installing X that I couldn't figure out and finally I just downloaded Slackware all over again and installed off a new cd and it just worked fine. If nothing else works you might try that.
so, i found out that the problem i have is with the cd. For some reason that specific package is currupt. It doesn't finish the install and on a windows computer it can be seen on the cd but not copied. So, time to find a new cd. Thanks a lot for your help lyle.