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Old 10-16-2002, 05:17 PM   #1
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problem with X Windows

I'm running a RedHat 7.2/Windows XP dual-boot on a Compaq Presario laptop. When I connect my laptop to my wife's cable modem (SB4100) and boot into Linux (using DHCP for network configuration), X Windows doesn't start up automatically, as it normally does when I connect my laptop to my cable modem at home (same model, but mine uses ethernet cable, while her uses USB). Instead, I get the command prompt with some weird number instead of 'localhost'. If I then log in as root, I can run 'startx', but I get this warning:

"Could not look up internet address for C1764965-A. This will prevent GNOME from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the problem by adding C1764965-A to the file /etc/hosts."

Could anyone shed some light on this problem for me? Thanks in advance.
Old 10-16-2002, 08:37 PM   #2
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I don't know if I interpreted your questions correctly. Let me offer what I think might help and maybe it will.

I use slackware, so please forgive any differences in advance.

The wierd number in the prompt.

If you run 'netconfig' it will set your prompt to reflect the domain you enter in the first screen. This wierd number might be something that was entered at that point?

Netconfig allows you to configure dhcp for your adapters. It will modify any config files subsequently.

etc/hosts generally contains known hosts, you can man hosts if you have the patience to read man pages.

this is what my hosts looks like: localhost saevenstar

this means that I can resolve the loopback address by typing either localhost or saevenstar.

It's good general practice to alias your ethernet cards, netconfig will add the /sbin/modprobe/<insert card driver name here> in your /etc/rc.d/rc.netdevice files for you. After that's done, you can alias it in your /etc/modules.conf by adding

alias eth0 <card driver name>

You need to manually do that in the slack version I'm sporting, again - no experience with RH on my end.

If you want it to boot to gui automatically, set your runlevel to 4 in your /etc/inittab


you can man inittab too, it has a man page.

Hope this helps.

By no means a guru,


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