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Old 01-30-2004, 06:28 PM   #1
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Angry init respawning problem

I am a student studying in India. Recently our department (microbial technology) made a decision to shift from windows o.s to red hat 9 on all the computers in the lab. I was entrusted with the job of overseeing the whole process. For this, I installed red hat 9 in my home p.c. the problem is that the system does not go into the graphical mode & says ”x init respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes”. Ironically, the computers in the department are working properly with red hat 9 (same media used for installation). I think the problem is with the asus video card (with riva tnt2 chipset), may be it needs a linux driver.It is very important that I have Linux in my system (my project depends on it). I humbly request you to solve my problem at the earliest. I have also included the system configuration for your reference. My mail i.d is
thanx in advance.,

System configuration-

Processor- Pentium 4 (1.4 GHz).
Mother board- asus with Intel 845 chipset.
Video card- asus AGP v3800m.
Audio- creative vibra 128.sbpci audio.
Hdisk- Seagate (model-st340810a).
Monitor- samtel 17” futurist.
Modem- dax external 56k(model-v1456vqe).
Linux version- red hat Linux 9.

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Old 01-30-2004, 08:13 PM   #2
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Boot into text mode (init 3 I think)... run xf86config or edit your XF86Config file (mine is in /etc/X11). You can test this by typing startx -- which will crash but not try to start again. Once you have a working version you can restart the system in graphical mode.

I have no idea if you need a special driver or not but you should be able to get some sort of functionality by manually screwing with it. But it is probably just a configuration error...

what does /var/log/XFree86.0.log report?
Old 01-30-2004, 08:18 PM   #3
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i had teh same problems, 1) wich program is it trying to laod?, edit teh /etc/inittab file, at teh bottom or around there you should see teh respawn comand, i think the numbers should be 2345? i dono just try 1234 then look at the other comuters for what the actualy numbers should be, if all else fails, just play with the numbers till you get it right
Old 01-30-2004, 08:21 PM   #4
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It is trying to load xdm... but X is failing to start. Changing the numbers probably won't do anything more than increase/decrease the amount of errors you see -- X still won't start.
Old 01-31-2004, 09:25 PM   #5
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Unhappy there was error

thankx every one for responding to my thread

the redhat disk which i used had errors (media check of disk1 failed). can this be a problem???????????. but, then the systems in my department are doing fine with the installation from the same disk(s) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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