Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-03-2004, 11:57 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2004
Posts: 7

Rep: Reputation: 0
booting error


I have a strange thing going on... To start this is what happend to lead up to my problem. I went to RedHat networks to update my RPM's but in the middle of it the puter froze. So I thought no biggy just restart the puter well now it does this...

RedHat Linux release 9 (shrike)
Kernel 2.4.20-8 on an i686

INIT: Id "X" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

now im able to login to the root@localhost but am lost any further than that. I've tried to boot from the cd and do the update but nothing changes and booting from a boot disk does the same thing as booting from the hard drive. Does anyone know what to do to correct this, or am i doomed to reload and loose ALL my web pages

Old 07-03-2004, 12:29 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Minnesota
Distribution: Fedora Core 1, Mandrake 10
Posts: 405

Rep: Reputation: 30
Hmmm, is there any chance you're now low on disk space?

I'd do a search here for "INIT: Id "X" respawning too fast:"

you will find the answer you need. To be able to boot to a command prompt every time until you get this fixed, edit your /etc/inittab file and change the first numer 5 you see to a 3, save and reboot.

change that back once you've fixed the problem.

Also, to start X from command line (go to GUI interface) type


init 5

Good luck in your search...
Old 07-03-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2004
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Well disk space in not the problem i have 150gig's left after complete install ok i went and edited inittab file set it to 3 and restarted puter. logged into root and typed startx and found i have some lib files missing too and stops there.... Where do I find this file?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
booting error bijo Linux - Hardware 1 11-03-2005 05:42 AM
booting error? kee Slackware 2 06-03-2005 09:02 AM
error booting johnnhoj Linux - Newbie 1 12-18-2004 02:17 PM
Error while booting. soner Linux - General 1 10-29-2004 02:33 PM
error 28 while booting help chander Linux - Software 2 10-19-2003 04:28 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:36 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration