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Just Jon 04-04-2007 08:51 AM

Dual boot, XP works Fedora goes to command line.
Hello. I'm a stuck newbie, and confused.

I have just installed Fedora Core 6 to dual boot with XP.

After the Fedora install, It rebooted, and Fedora loaded into the Gnome desktop. I had a little look round the installed apps, then shutdown.

Upon rebooting, I chose to boot XP as I needed to get files and a copy of a (reliable!) guide to install my Speedtouch modem. I got the files, copied to my flash drive, and restarted to get back into Fedora to do the modem and get updates etc.

However, this time round, I didn't get the graphical login screen and got a command line screen.

Not sure if you want this but this is what I get on screen:

Fedora Core release 6 (Zod)
Kernal 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 on an i686

local host login:_ (entered name)
password:_ (entered password)

Last login: (todays date and time) on tty1

I've tried several times, with the same results. XP still works (I'm on the same rig).

If any more info is required, I'll try to obtain it!

Centinul 04-04-2007 08:56 AM

Can you post the output of:

/var/log/Xorg.log (I think that is what it's called)

Also please post your grub / lilo configuration.

These may give us some insight to the issue.

Just Jon 04-04-2007 09:07 AM

Certainly, if you can tell me how. Can't read Linux partitions in XP (thank god!)

I have a flash drive I can mount is this the command to mount it?

dmesg | tail (to get the device name)
mount /dev/<device name> /mnt (to mount)

Sorry about the questions...

I'll then need to copy the log files to the flash drive? If so how do I do that, and post my grub / lilo configuration?


timmeke 04-04-2007 09:36 AM

Did you notice any error messages or services failing when booting Fedora (click on the "details" button to find out).

Check also that in /etc/inittab file, the default runlevel is set to 5, not 3.

From the commandline, can you start your X server using the "startx" or "telinit 5" commands?
If not, any error messages?

Any error messages in /var/log/ files, especially the Xorg log already mentionned?

If your Win is on a FAT32 partition (or if you have one defined), you can use that partition to share files between windows & linux.

Just Jon 04-04-2007 11:12 AM

Would you believe it, I got in! It just loaded without issue, or user input. Every thing I own is temperamental :rolleyes:

The only error I saw was about network, but I connect to the Internet through the dreaded Speedtouch 330.

Have issues now though, with modem. Fedora stops loading with an error loading the network ppp0. As I have been trying to get the modem to work, I'm not surprised.

I can get to the Gnome desktop though, so maybe I'll get it working? Here's hoping :study:

Thanks for the help guys, regardless. Much appreciated,


timmeke 04-05-2007 02:39 AM

If startx or telinit 5 indeed worked fine and loaded your Gnome desktop environment, then you should look at
the /etc/inittab file.
Look at the line that says something like
"n" should in your case be 5, not 3. Correct it if necessary.

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