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Old 02-17-2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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KDE is gone and the noob is helpless!

I installed Mandrake on my dual-boot system yesterday without a hitch. I messed around with it quite a lot without any problems. Today, I used the bootloader to start up in Windows XP to do some stuff. When I decided to boot into Mandrake again, I accidentally selected Linux-Enterprise on the bootloader screen and was presented with a command-line. So, I reboot again, this time selecting just plain "Linux" on the boatloader. Once again, the command-line interface! This is not right, however, as I have been using KDE, and the KDE/Mandrake GUI login screen has been showing up until now. Does anyone know where my GUI login has disappeared to and how I can get it back?
Old 02-17-2004, 08:51 AM   #2
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Have you tried logging in at the cli and running startx? I haven't used mandrake for a while but check /etc/inittab and look for a line like ==> id:3:initdefault: if it looks like this you can edit it to ==> id:5:initdefault: . Runlevel 3 will get you the command line runlevel 5 will get you a gui login. What boot loader are you using grub or lilo?
Old 02-17-2004, 09:29 AM   #3
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log in from command line and If you can start GUI again by typing 'startx' as Lindy said above, then run 'XFdrake' from a terminal window and in advanced options answer 'yes' when prompted about automatic graphic login and you'll recover it

good luck
Old 02-17-2004, 09:29 AM   #4
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Login to the console as root, then enter
<startx kde> to start kde. It should remember the last
setting, so the next time startx only will start kde again.


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