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Old 07-26-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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Fedora 7 startup problems prompts login and pass screen


I installed Fedora in text mode because graphical mode stalls out at like 65% of "searching for dependencies" and it installs fine. I just ran through basic workspace and productivity install. I reboot like it asks me to and it runs through the usual checklist of things that need to be green in order to start :P It does.

I get dropped to a screen that says login, then pass. I never made a login name and when I hit enter it just brings that same prompt up again. Its a shell command prompt. I type root for login name and my pass and I can login as root. I really dont know much about this, I was hoping to get a GUI display like I had with Fedora 4 when I used that.

Maybe I screwed something up during the install? I tried to yuminstall KDE and GNOME but it says they're already installed. How do I get to a GUI so I can start using linux? Im really new.

A friend says type startx. But im not sure what that does and I cant troubleshoot from home because I have no internet there. Fast replies appreciated.

PS: I downloaded i386 on F7 but it says it installed i686 fc6.whatever. Is that a problem or is that standard?

Old 07-26-2007, 12:11 PM   #2
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Log back in as root and change the default run level of the machine. To do this try the following:

vi /etc/inittab

search for the line that looks like


and change it to:


save and exit vi!

Just incase add yourself a userid:

useradd <your username>

enable the account by adding a password:

passwd <your username>

Now reboot and you should be alright:

shutdown -r now
Old 07-26-2007, 12:31 PM   #3
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Ill give it a try, and thanks for the quick response! My main reason for getting Linux was because I heard it had better Asian language support (Farsi). Hopefully it proves true. Too bad I cant really game anymore.
Old 07-31-2007, 07:29 AM   #4
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I have the same problem, however I cannot login as root with my password. I tried root as both login and password and then root with the password I designated in setup. Neither worked. I keep getting asked for a login (which I didn't create) and a password. Does anyone know what to do?


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