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Old 02-28-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
Karl K
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Help Please


Hello to all, and please forgive me for my ignorance. I am truly a newbie. Problem, I installed Xandros on my PC. XP professional already exists on the same machine. When first turning on, I am givin the option of Xandros, Configuration Expert, Safe Mode, or XP professional. XP comes up fine, But Xandros goes to black screen, and starts up configuring nodes. After about an hour of this, The final screen shows the following message, and keeps repeating.

Unable to open vt1: no such file or directory
INIT: Id 1-6 respawning too fast:disable for 5 minutes.

And this message just keeps repeating and repeating.

I will certainly appreciate any help I can get.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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No idea, but how about you try reinstalling?
 
Old 03-01-2007, 06:21 AM   #3
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Most likely something to do with the video configuration. Do you recall what options you selected during install--or any relevant messages in re monitor or video card?

You can boot into a command-line mode and dig around for the video configuration but--if you are new to this--it may be easier to simply re-install. Watch for clues in the options for monitor and video card.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 08:43 AM   #4
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Try Ctl-Alt-Backspace -- this should get you out of Xwindows (if you are getting that far, I can't tell from your description) and give you a command prompt.
 
Old 03-02-2007, 11:04 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Karl K
Hello to all, and please forgive me for my ignorance. I am truly a newbie. Problem, ....
Hold on here fellows. Please note this guy is a newbie and may just not know how to jump and perform what you're saying. You may have to be a little more receipt style i.e.: Step 1 ...., Step 2 ...., etc. review and don't leave out steps or assume knowledge.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:53 AM   #6
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Smile xanderos not booting

I tried Xanderos and had no problems installing and using with windows 2ooo. It did however not detect my ethernet card. I would try a reinstall. If that doesn't work get a copy of Ubuntu. It is a great OS and is very easy to set up, even for a newbe like me. I currently use it with my lexmark z611 with fine results. You can use wine if you have any windows type you really need.
 
Old 03-06-2007, 03:16 AM   #7
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inittab or udev

Have you black screen after select OS or after some time of booting? Can you boot to with no graphics?

The error look likes some problem with inittab or missing dev node in /dev folder or udev.

Try boot with CD if there is some rescue mode.
After boot and login you must connect your HD

If you have IDE disk so can be hda,hda1,hdb etc.
If you have SATA disk so can be sda,sda1,sdb etc.
You can try. Or type for

ls /dev/|grep ^[s,h]d[a-z]

mount -r /dev/hda1 /mnt

ls -l /mnt/dev/|grep console

view inittab search for something like this(probably not same.)

1:23:respawn:/sbin/getty tty1 VC linux
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty tty2 VC linux
3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty tty3 VC linux
4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty tty4 VC linux
S2:3:respawn:/sbin/uugetty ttyS2 M19200


cat /mnt/etc/inittab|less

Try post that here.

I think reinstall can't be solution because this is after new install right? Good luck.
 
Old 03-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Karl K
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Unable to open vt1: no such file or directory
INIT: Id 1-6 respawning too fast:disable for 5 minutes.
And this message just keeps repeating and repeating.
What the Operating System (OS)error is saying is that Virtual Terminal 1(VT1)device does not exist. The OS, by way of maybe initab or other part of an initialization program, tries to find VT1 again and keeps trying therefore the continous loop until the error time/counter expires. Do you have a device/s called VT1,..6? That part of install didn't work correctly, possible.
The problem could be a bad install disk or download. Can you check out the md5 count, try to install on another system(this would point to hardware/software problem), or view the initab file which is usually text? Where did you get the OS (download,CD) bad CD's are not unknown?
Have you run a memory check on your system? Takes a while but stresses your Mem and checks well. How old or new is this system your working with(processor/mem size/speed/etc.)?
Hope this helps
 
  


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