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Old 02-25-2007, 06:18 AM   #1
allan horne
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Unhappy mandriva 2007 installing


I tried to install mandriva 2007 but it didn't go as i expected
after installing i clicked reboot and all i got was a black screen with white writing asking for id ityped in root then password then was asked for a command ,the only one that would work was halt to switch off
where did I go wrong
the disk had no other os
allan
 
Old 02-25-2007, 06:32 AM   #2
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Think you have installed Mandriva and are probably in terminal mode.

Report any error when you type
Code:
startx
In terminal mode you got the heart of the Linux.

To see every partition of every hard disk use command
Code:
fdisk -l
To see the file directory of your Mandriva
Code:
ls /
To see configuration of your GUI, which you are hoping to get is
Code:
cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
To run the configurator of GUI is to type
Code:
xorgconfig
You are there, just don't know it.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 06:50 AM   #3
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This looks like your first stab at linux, and your first post, So welcome to the board.

The blank screen, it is a command prompt shows up if the xserver ( this server runs the graphical interface ) did not start, is not installed, or is not configured correctly for your hardware.

To try and start it, after a log in as a user or root, the command is 'startx' ( without the quotes ).

During the install near the end, before you re-boot, there is a Summary screen that appears, and down the right side are Configure buttons. There is one there for the xserver. Did you configure it there? This allows you to pick things like screen resolution, monitor type etc. These things are going to be specific to your hardware.

You should be able to log in as a user as well as root. You can create users ( the minimum you should create is one, for each person who will use the system ). Root is very powerful, and should only be used with care for doing system tasks, not running the system. There are screens for creating the users during the install.

So try to startx and see what happens. If you get the GUI going, then go to MCC ( Mandriva COntrol Center ) and set the xserver to start on boot.

Here is a useful link that shows you how to install, it shows the screens I have talked about.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Mandr...de-37819.shtml

Hope this helps.
 
Old 02-25-2007, 07:04 AM   #4
allan horne
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Smile installing mandriva

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Originally Posted by camorri
This looks like your first stab at linux, and your first post, So welcome to the board.

The blank screen, it is a command prompt shows up if the xserver ( this server runs the graphical interface ) did not start, is not installed, or is not configured correctly for your hardware.

To try and start it, after a log in as a user or root, the command is 'startx' ( without the quotes ).

During the install near the end, before you re-boot, there is a Summary screen that appears, and down the right side are Configure buttons. There is one there for the xserver. Did you configure it there? This allows you to pick things like screen resolution, monitor type etc. These things are going to be specific to your hardware.

You should be able to log in as a user as well as root. You can create users ( the minimum you should create is one, for each person who will use the system ). Root is very powerful, and should only be used with care for doing system tasks, not running the system. There are screens for creating the users during the install.

So try to startx and see what happens. If you get the GUI going, then go to MCC ( Mandriva COntrol Center ) and set the xserver to start on boot.

Here is a useful link that shows you how to install, it shows the screens I have talked about.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Mandr...de-37819.shtml

Hope this helps.
thanks a lot I'll try that
Yes I'm new to this and a silver surfer into the bargain .My expertise in computers is limited and a change from windows seemed a good idea
Again thanks a lot
Allan

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