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Old 10-12-2002, 05:54 PM   #1
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install 7.3 cant run startx

After I installed RH 7.3 wanting the graphical login, i still get the shell login. But thats fine, i login using the normal shell and type startx to get KDE or Gnome, but I get this instead:
fatal IO error 104

I think RH 7.3 doesnt have the correct driver for my GeForce4 Ti4400 video card. During the installation I picked NVidia GeForce4 generic, since it seemed to be the best choice. I later tried running xf86config as /root but im getting the same problem.

Then I d/l the Linux drivers, NVIDIA_kernal.tar and NVIDIA_GLX.tar from NVidia's website and burned them onto a CD. I tried to unpack them by typing: tar xvzf NVIDIA_kernel.tar.gz but i got another error saying something like it cant read form my CD ROM. I then tried to mount my CD ROM but i dont have a directory /cdrom.

Im probably doing alot of things wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated by this Linux newb.
Old 10-12-2002, 09:07 PM   #2
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try X

if you get a blank screen with a mouse then X is working and you can look at xinit

if X works try xinit

you should get X with an xterm
Old 10-12-2002, 09:49 PM   #3
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you should have a directory /mnt/cdrom, also you can make /cdrom with "mkdir /cdrom"

to mount the cdrom (i'm guessing it's /dev/hdc)

mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom or
mount /dev/hdc /cdrom

you will need to copy the file somewhere else too, because you can't write to the cdrom directory (read-only), although, I think that if you do "tar" from somewhere else, it will unpack it to wherever you are ex:

cd /root
tar -zxvf /mnt/cdrom/file.tar.gz

will unpack it in /root

also, try using Xconfiguratior ... it does a test at the end so you can see if your new settings work
Old 10-13-2002, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thank you for all your help guys. Xconfigurator solved my problems and now have Gnome up and running.

How do I change the resolution? Xconfigurator in Kickstart wants a root password when I try and save the new settings. Where do I set this password?
Old 10-13-2002, 07:15 PM   #5
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I hope that you didn't forget the root password.... if you did, you have some breaking in to do...

if you are root, type "passwd root" and you can set it.

If you enabled a few resolutions in Xconfigurator, you can change them when you are in the x session with "ctrl-alt-(+ or -)" ... that's plus or minus... don't use the ()

good luck


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