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Old 10-09-2005, 04:19 AM   #1
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First Install, KDE does not work


I've got a problem with KDE
But first, I have to say that I'm totally new to linux, but I wanted to use it for trying to program platform indepently. So i looked for distributions on the internet, but I didnt want to download 5 CDs or sth, so I found Suse Linux 9.1 on one CD. I downloaded it, and installed it. The filename of the .iso is:SUSE-9.1-personal-x86.iso . But before, I made a partition on my second HD, so that I have drive C for windows, drive D (3GB) for Linux and drive E for my files. I wanted to install linux on drive D, but there was no choice for dirve E, so I chose hd4, that seemed to me, that it does not overwrite anything. Alright, I installed all software, about 1.4GB and setup rebooted my PC. The first problem was, that I couldnt boot Linux from HD, Win98 booted always, so I chose from the CD-boot menu manual installation, Boot installed System, boot from hd4 (reiserfs). OK, linux booted and I had to do the configuration such as root-password and so on. OK, then I came into the console of Linux. I just tried to type KDE, but there were errors, and I dont know how I can start KDE now without KDE I cant program GUI-Applications and so on...
That is, what comes, when I type kde in the terminal:

xset: unable to open display ""
xset: unable to open display ""
xset: unable to open display ""
xsetroot: unable to open display ''
xset: unable to open display ""
xset: unable to open display ""
ksplash: cannot connect to X server
kdeinit: Aborting. $DISPLAY is not set
Warning: connect() failed: No such file or directory
ksmserver: cannot connect to X Server
startkde: Shutting down...
Warning: connect() failed: No such file or directory
Error: can't contact kdeinit
startkde: Running shutdown scripts...
startkde: Done.

So, that is the message I get after typing kde.
The first line on login-screen says: Suse Linux 9.1 (i586) - kernel 2.6.4-52-default

My second problem is, that I do not want only to be able to boot linux by inserting the CD in the drive. I think, I need a bootmanager or sth, I tried to do sth with YaST, to change the bootloader, but it does not change anything. How can I choose on start of booting, which OS I want to boot?

And then, there is a short 3rd question: From lessons from school I know the command kill to terminate processes, but I needed a process ID or sth. I forgot the command that shows me, wich processes are running on the system with there process IDs which I can pass to kill. Can sb tell me what that is?

I hope sb can help me
Old 10-09-2005, 04:32 AM   #2
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Under the installation you should have go the option of installing a bootloader if I remember correctly. Then install the bootloader to MBR instead of root.

When SuSE has started and you have logged in, try to run the command X (a capital X). If it fails too,
try sax2 and it should start an interface for you to configure your video driver.

The command to list processes is called ps. Add some options and you should see all processes. For example: ps -ax
Old 10-09-2005, 05:38 AM   #3
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starting kde now works fine

ps also works nice, but the bootloader does not work

I do not really want to overwrite my MBR on drive C, because if sth fails, everything would be bad, I think. So I trry to install GRUB on /dev/hdd or so, but that does not work. I can select options in YaST e.g. use active partition as bootloader etc, but if i say apply changes or exit, YaST does not do that, the old settings stay. The only thing I can change is the position of the bootloader.
If I want to boot from Drive D then (using different boot-order from the BIOS) I get the message
GRUB Geom Error
and the system halts
I still can only boot linux from CD
Old 10-09-2005, 07:23 AM   #4
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I now tried writing the MBR of the primary HDD, but I also get that stupid GRUB Geom Error

I think it is because I have got a 40GB-HDD, but my BIOS can only manage 32 GB. But Linux is installed on the other 8GB and so GRUB can't find the boot sector or sth like that.
Is it possible to create sth like a "link to the 8GB" on the 32GB so that GRUB can load that "Link" and then load linux from these 8GB?


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