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Old 10-29-2003, 11:40 PM   #1
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Loading GUI on mandrake linux

I have just installed mandrake linux 9.2 on my computer (single boot) and everything seems to work great except that I am started at the command prompt version and the GUI doesn't load. A possible problem source would that my comp crashed during the configure hardware (more precisly the test graphics settings phase) during install. Is there any way to fix this as for I do not want to be stuck with text based linux forever.

General config info: Pentium 133, 64 ram, 6gb hard drive

I don't think it's a hardware issue because it ran Win 98 SE perfectly before the format.
Old 10-30-2003, 01:23 AM   #2
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well you change the inittab for that, but you need x configured properly first.

first try these:
xf86setup, see if any work for you

after that is all set edit the /etc/inittab file (vi, pico, emacs, mc, whatever u want to use)

change the line

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)


# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
id:5(4 on slack):initdefault:

then reboot.


this is what init runlvel to boot to, 0 is shutdown, 1 and 2 are mainyl used for booting/diagnostic, 3 is text login multiuser mode, 4 is a clone of 3 on most systems but gui login on slack, 5 is gui login on most systems but a clone of 3 on slack, then then 6 is reboot.

you change what it dumps the user to, in your case from 3 to 5
Old 10-30-2003, 01:26 AM   #3
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If it crashed during install, there might be some other problems; you might want to look into possible hardware problems such as bad RAM or power supply, especially if you have similar problems later on.

Anyway, the easiest way to see whether your GUI got installed correctly is to type 'startx' at the command-line. If it starts up a GUI for you, you're in luck. All you should need to do in order for it to start a GUI automatically at boot-up is to edit the file /etc/inittab in any text editor, and modify the line which says:


to say:


The next time you boot up, it'll use a GUI automatically, assuming everything got configured right.
Old 10-30-2003, 09:39 PM   #4
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put in the install cdrom, you can select what to do from the menu and configure X

or do it manually as mentioned.

setup inittab as mentioned or use

init 5




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