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Old 02-08-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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blank screen when running startx after installing updates

I'm running RHEL 5 on a dell server. Recently, after some updates were installed, the server hangs when trying to start the gui (its set to run level 5)to get into the login screen.
I can boot into runlevel 3 but get the same issue when i startx. CTRL-ALT-BackSpace doesn't return me to the command prompt.
I get a blank screen with two letters and a blinking cursor.

If someone can point which direction or logfiles to look at to start the troubleshooting it would be very much appreciated...
Old 02-08-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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Since the problem occurs when booting, boot to runlevel 3 and run (as root) dmesg to see if anything obvious turn up. Also, as root, try running "find /var/log -type f | xargs grep -i runlevel " or similar searches of /var/log.
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If you're running startx then after you've done so you should be able to switch back the console where you ran it (use control-alt-Fsomething) and see the output of startx. There may be a clue to the problem in the output.


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