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Old 07-04-2003, 09:53 PM   #1
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Mandrake install problem

Installed Mandrake 9.1 on a clean HD. Installation went smoothly after sorting a couple of newbie DUH!-type glitches. Everything was cool till the finish. Then at reboot it stalled at a line - localhost login:

put in user name and it comes up:

[yorick@localhost yorick]$

If I type anything after that it comes up:

-bash: whatever: command not found

It's probably something ridiculously obvious but right now it's got me bluffed. Am I supposed to stick some sort of command there?

Old 07-05-2003, 01:04 AM   #2
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Not to fear! You are logged into your user's account in the command line (which is an excellent choice as it works, you may not have X (the GUI server) configured correctly.

What happens if you type:


and press enter.

That should start up your desktop environment if you have x configured. If not, report video card and post the results of doing these commands:
fancy@uilleann $ su -
root@uilleann # XFdrake
# Mandrake links
Mandrake home page
Mandrake Users website
Easy urpmi config for Mandrake
urpmi mini-HOWTO
Easy software management: Red Carpet
Maximum RPM
You didn't install the developmental packages? As root, command:
urpmi gcc
An Introduction to the Midnight Commander. You can install it by commanding:
urpmi mc
Midnight Commander home page

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Mandrake - XFdrake
You may have these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers
If you need the nVidia driver, most likely, you want the Linux IA32 driver

Last edited by fancypiper; 07-05-2003 at 01:06 AM.
Old 07-05-2003, 05:17 PM   #3
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Ha! I knew it was something probably ridiculously obvious. Startx works great. KDE staring happily back at me. Video card problem is not unexpected. There were a few decisions to be made during install which were done on a coin toss.

Bill must be quaking in his boots, if a code challenged dunce like me can survive this install anyone can. The next challenge will be installing all the software. Unfortunately there is still a windows mentality firmly entrenched, I keep trying to find explorer!

Heh I just love the fact that the windows button launches the K-menu. There's a sort of poetic justice in there somewhere.

Cheers and many thanks!


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