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Old 01-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Fedora V 14

Hi everyone.

I am reletively new to Linux, so please bear with me. I have just loaded Fedora 14 on an old machine and I am able to boot the system up to a command prompt. I want to have the system boot to a GUI instead. I thought an init command would enable me to do that. Could someone please help?


Old 01-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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Fedora 14 is dead
It is not supported any longer
there will NEVER be any updates to it
no security fixes -- no nothing

install the current fedora 16 ( fedora 16 will not install with less than 768 meg of ram )

if fedora did not install using the gui then you MUST use the text only install
the old maching dose not have enough system resources
like 1 gig of ram ( well less than 512 and no gui )
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Hi melborden,

Login as root at the terminal by entering username: root and password that you have entered for root user at the time of installation. Once logged in type the following command:

init 5
The above command will take you to GUI.

Login as root (though it is not advisable to login as root in GUI mode but we have still some administrative task left to perform so I am suggesting to login as root)

Once you are in GUI open up terminal (command prompt what we call in windows). Then edit /etc/inittab file. You can do this by following command:

vi /etc/inittab
Hit insert key and you will be able to write to that file. In that file you will find a line similar to below:

If the above line contains 3 then change it to 5. Save the file by hitting ESC key and then : and then wq and hit enter. The next time you will boot your system it will directly go to GUI.

If is already set to 5 then there is a possibility that you have not got desktop environment installed. And JohnVV is right Fedora 14 is EOL but you can try the steps above if you want to keep F14

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