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Old 12-26-2004, 11:19 AM   #1
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How do I start using Mandrake 10.1


Hello,

I am a 64 year old grandmother whose son gave her a copy of Mandrake 10.1 for Christmas. He downloaded it without help or manuals. After many false starts I seem to have it loaded on my spare computer, an MMX 200 with 128 meg of RAM and no other OS.

I have one question:

How do I start the graphical user interface? I'm not interested in auto booting to it right now. I just want to get there!

I've spent the last several hours searcing for this but all the "How-To" stuff seems assume that everyone knows where the ignition switch is.

 
Old 12-26-2004, 11:27 AM   #2
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Does that mean you're at the command prompt?
In that case type: startx
 
Old 12-26-2004, 11:28 AM   #3
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Does that mean you're at the command prompt?
In that case type: startx

BTW, congratulations!! My dad's about your age and he calls me about once a day just to keep wondows working
 
Old 12-26-2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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When I typed in startx and pressed enter I got the following message.

execve failed for/etc/X11/X (errno 2)
giving up
xinit: no such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
xinit: no such process (errno 2): Server error

The distinct possibility is that my installation was not done properly.

The good thing is that I have my main computer for playing games while I wait for Mandrake to reinstall on the other machine.



Thank you very much for your help.

I have read that to keep the brain young one needs to exercise it. I think installing Mandrake will do the job nicely!

Enjoy!
 
Old 12-26-2004, 01:48 PM   #5
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Mandrake

I had the same problem forget the download and buy the offical version online for less than 10 dollars it takes about 4 days bu USPS and install correctly, much less headaches for me this way.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 01:53 PM   #6
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Sounds like a winner. Thanks!

In the meantime I'll just keep picking at it. Can't anymore than wear the CDs out by reloading them a couple dozen times.

 
  


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