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Old 11-19-2003, 09:44 AM   #1
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Unhappy HELP!!! RH9 system is crashing - can it be saved?

OK all - help, please!

I have had RH9 loaded for a great while on my x86 box - no problems. I've been working on adding modules, and had no problems there, until recently. Once or twice, I got an error message that my disk is full - so I deleted files I didn't need and went on. I don't think that's the whole problem, though - please read on.

Over the last few weeks, I've noticed that when I boot up, the RH line commands run fine, and after the text login host option screen, then xwindows starts. However, the screen for xwindows is garbled at first, then flashes back to the text logon prompt, then boots on into RH9.

Now, last night my cat (I may have to zap him next time he touches my desk! ) walked all over my keyboard, and I don't know what happened, but I got in a loop, and had to reboot. From then, I've been banging my head against the wall!

The same boot stuff happens, then the garbled window alternates with the login screen - like xwindows can't start at all. My friend who helped me set up this system said that the garbling was "normal" for RH, and didn't mean much, but now the system isn't getting past that point.

I tried to insert my Shrike CD and rescue things, but since one of my /dev/sda's gets an error message, I can't get very far on that F5 option. I don't want to lose all my data, so I'm leery of reinstalling RH9 altogether - help!

I can't even get into the computer to send any info besides this right now - this is from memory last night - when I almost drop-kicked the whole thing out the door. Can anyone help me?

Trying to keep a sense of humor,
Old 11-19-2003, 10:37 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about this, but i can remember that I once had a problem that X wouldn't start because my harddisk was full(like really full, nothing left..)
you can still run at the console, right?

try 'df' to see how much space is left. there should be atleast 5% free to be save.
you could also check your X log file for more information(/var/log/XFree86.log)
This will most like contain a message wich will tell you what is wrong.
Old 11-19-2003, 10:49 AM   #3
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You know - I'll bet that's it. How do I get to the console from the login screen? Or, how do I bypass xwindows to the console?

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Old 11-19-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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so when you boot the system, you have the graphical login screen right?
you can switch to another console by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><F1> for console 1, <Ctrl><Alt><F2> for console 2, and so on. The X-system is at console 7.

so switch to console 1 by pressing <Ctrl><Alt><F1>, then login, and then check your free disk space. You can remove items whit rm, and remove complete directorys whit rm -r.

rm and rm -r are dangerous, they don't ask for any confirmation, so it is possible to delete your complete system just by making a typo. Therefore, don't use these command's as root, unless your really sure of what you're doing.

O, and viewing your X-logfile can be done whit 'more /var/log/Xfree86.log'
(the filename Xfree86.log might vary, you should cd to /var/log, and then check for the right filename)

good luck

Last edited by EyesOnly; 11-19-2003 at 01:13 PM.
Old 11-19-2003, 01:39 PM   #5
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You probably have a bunch of old logs in /var/log. You might want to clean out the old stuff.


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