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Old 07-27-2007, 07:18 AM   #1
elie nasrani
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How to install X window over a text mode installation

hello, i'm a newbie to linux , for most of you this may sound a bit silly,

i installed linux on my server (without X window and Gnome) or any graphical packages, now i realized that i will need to install the X window, i tried to boot from the first installation CD-ROM, all i can do is upgrade the existing packages without being able to add new packages or even choose which packages to upgrade,

Any help would be appreciated

N.B: My linux is Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 4)

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Old 07-27-2007, 07:46 AM   #2
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You can use up2date with the --nox option to install new packages from your RedHat Network account.

Try: up2date --nox -i xorg-x11

This will try and install X and should resolve all dependencies.

When this has finished you can try starting X by logging in and running startx.
Old 07-27-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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thank you for your reply,

if i'm not wrong, up2date will have to go to the internet and download the package and then install it, is there a way to tell it to look localy and in case it is in the kernel ask for the corresponding cd-rom

Old 07-27-2007, 12:13 PM   #4
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why dont you try to re-install linux and select what you want install again.
Old 07-28-2007, 02:01 AM   #5
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X window installation not working

i managed to install the X window from up2date, the installation seems to work fine but when i try the launch the command startx, i'm getting the following error, can anybody gives me a hint on what might have caused this?

X Window System Version 6.8.2
Release Date: 9 February 2005
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8.2
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-22.18.bz155725.ELsmp x86_64 [ELF]
Current Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-42.ELsmp #1 SMP Wed Jul 12 23:32:02 EDT 2006 x86_64
Build Date: 11 July 2006
Build Host:

Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.X.Org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.6.9-42.ELsmp ( (gcc version 3.4.6 20060404 (Red Hat 3.4.6-2)) #1 SMP Wed Jul 12 23:32:02 EDT 2006
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Jul 28 10:00:39 2007
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
(WW) ATI(0): Failed to set up write-combining range (0xfc000000,0x800000)
(WW) ATI(0): Failed to set up write-combining range (0xfc000000,0x800000)

waiting for X server to shut down
Old 07-28-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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install X Window

The basic step to install X Window over text installation is pretty simple.

1. Install X Org

2. Install login manager. kdm for kubuntu. gdm for Gnome. xdm for generic X.

3. Install window manager, such as KDE, Gnome, Icewm, FluxBox or something like that.

4. After finished installing the three of it change your runlevel.

5. That all. Since I don't use redhat. I'll give example using ubuntu

To install KDE
# apt-get install xserver-xorg
# apt-get install kdm
# apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
To install Gnome
# apt-get install xserver-xorg
# apt-get install gdm
# apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
To install generic X Windows (fluxbox)
# apt-get install xserver-xorg
# apt-get install xdm
# apt-get install fluxbox
In all example, the runlevel is automagically changed.

I think red-hat user may use yum, but i don't know how.
Old 07-28-2007, 07:03 PM   #7
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Could you post the contents of the xorg.conf file?
Old 08-06-2007, 09:39 PM   #8
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Installing X on a core linux

I just installed a core version of linux from "" so how do I install X Windows with KDE 3.x on it. The "linux core" dose not come with any software accept the linux kernel 2.4. Thanks. p.s. I'm a noobie at this.


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