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Old 10-11-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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my Xserve wont start

after 5 hours straight of trying to install an ati driver (that still isnt installed)
the last thing the guy on rage3d told me to do ,screwed something up cuz i get the error Xserve failed to start..etc ,then it ask me to fix the problem i click OK ,then nothing .

the entire system hangs and my monitor is left in sleep mode.

the last thing he told me to do was loging as root and run the fglrxconfig ,to setup the driver. well after i did that and rebooted thats when i got the error.

if something like this happened in windows on me its and easy fix to restore last known good config.. but in linux i dont know how to go about fixing this ? so any help would be appreciated.
Old 10-11-2003, 05:56 PM   #2
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is there a way to boot to the command prompt before the xserve tried to load?
Old 10-12-2003, 11:33 AM   #3
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Usually your 'run level' is set in the file /etc/inittab. It looks something like:

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

Depending on your distribution, you might have a 4 or 5 in there that signals to start x. If you can change this to a 3, save and reboot you will not start up x. If you can't edit this file, but are stuck in some hung x mode, try using the keystroke combination:
<CTL><ALT>F2, or <CTL><ALT>F3....up to <CTL><ALT>F7. This may bring up a console session in which you can log in and edit /etc/inittab or /etc/X11/XF86Config.
Old 10-12-2003, 10:22 PM   #4
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I've had this problem especially with my radeon 7500. In the end the only way to make the server run was to edit the XF86Config-4 file and to turn on the option noAccel. To get to the command line to do this try booting to fail safe mode
Old 10-15-2003, 04:33 PM   #5
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thanks for the help gyus i got it going somehow..dont even know what i did..


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