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Old 11-25-2005, 11:43 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10.1 Installation Stupid Question

I just installed Linux Mandrake 10.1 official 3 cd.
I am not sure what the 4th cd is actually for. It says KDE 3.3.
However, after the install I reboot.
Then it takes me to a command line where I login
with username then password.
Then it takes me to this prompt.
[username@localhost username]$
What do I do here?
I want to boot in the GUI.
I tried startx, but told me to contact for support.
Please Help. Sorry Stupid Question.
Just looked everywhere cant figure it out.

Last edited by GoreHore; 11-26-2005 at 12:00 AM.
Old 11-26-2005, 12:06 AM   #2
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If the 4th cd says kde, then that's probably the GUI you want (I'm not familiar with Mandy).

From the boot prompt, try 'init 5' instead of 'startx'. If you are at command line, you are in run level 1 (single user mode) or run level 3 (multi-user, command line mode). If there is GUI installed, init 5 will get you there.

If it doesn't get you into GUI, try re-installing. Take your time. Read all the dialogue boxes and prompts; don't overlook anything. There should be a prompt of some kind asking if you want to install kde.
Old 11-26-2005, 01:03 AM   #3
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Gorehore, what is with the thread title, there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.........I'm proud to say I've given my share!

The free download of Mandrake is 3 cd's. The fourth cd is for club members or paid for versions, it was called kde3.3 because it had a newer version of kde available, kde is still on the three cd set, just a version that is a couple months older. It has extra stuff such as rpm installs of proprietary accelerated video drivers sun java and the likes. Often times it seems people will post all four on bittorrent when they really should only post the three. It is really not needed, all that is on it is freely available on the web with a little more tedious installation method. So forgetting about the 4th cd, you should have a full gui after the three cd install. There are a couple reasons why you would end up other than in a gui on boot up, all easily correctable once the folks here figure out which reason it is.

1- you did not enable autologin- look at screen #13 in the link below
This is easily done once you are in the gui (don't think this is your issue or the "startx" command should have started a gui)

2-for some reason you have the wrong video driver loaded

I am curious as to why you would not download and install Mandriva 2006 being that it is current with newer hardware support, and opt for 10.1.
Also, please let us know the model of your video card, and the actual output of your startx command.
Error messages in full help alot. example:
Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.
Old 11-26-2005, 01:19 AM   #4
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Have a read through this thread and see if it helps:
Old 11-26-2005, 02:35 PM   #5
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Thumbs up THANKS!

This is my first time here and basically 1st Linux install.
Cool People!
I figured it out for some reason the settings for my video card
are not working with the hardware and settings they should.

The reason I downloaded 10.1 is because it was listed as #1 most popular with the best reviews.
But I am DL now Mandiva 2006.

Anyways I tweaked the settings to like low low colors and I got it to work but looks like **iT.
Cant even configure thru the gui keeps giving me errors on what should work.

Thanks tho! On to Mandiva 2006.


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