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Old 05-06-2004, 11:40 AM   #1
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Boot failure (X-related, maybe?)

Hi all,

I'm not sure whether I will spend more time getting to the bottom of this than I would just starting with a clean installation of FC1, but I thought I should ask around and perhaps learn something in the process...

While running up2date I received a "fatal error" and the system stopped responding to keystrokes; or so I thought it did. I tried to restart X with ctrl-alt-backspace; this sent it into a perpetual loop: command line boot prompt, nvidia splash screen, command line boot prompt, etc.

On reboot, I receive this message at runlevel 3:

error while loading shared libraries: /usr/bin/rhgb: cannot open shared object file: no such file or directory.

Runlevel 5 then begins but X never starts. At the command prompt I get an error: Id "x" respawning too fast disabled for 5 minutes.

Hitting Enter brings up a login prompt and I am able to log in but I have no network access (thus I cannot rerun up2date or any other updater for that matter.) 'startx' (did I get that right?) is not found.

I've been 'playing' with my system, installing an awful lot of packages just to feel things out so I get the impression that it's kind of a mess; reinstalling FC might be a good idea and will surely fix the problem, but then I'll be back at sqaure 1.

Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!

Old 05-06-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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I would start over use it as alearning expereance,the best way I have found is to install then run yum update and then install apt and get synaptic and install only what you want with it and use yum update for updates.


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