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Old 05-12-2002, 01:39 AM   #1
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Angry Newby Questions ...

Hello All. Ok, Here's where I'm at. I installed RedHat Linux 7.3 today. I did a workstation install. I have 2, 6.4 gig Hard Drives. Windows XP Professional is on HDA, and Linux on HDB(Linux is the Default OS.) I installed the linux bootloader, and selected Graphical Login.

Problems: It doesnt come up w/ the Graphical Login, and once i log in, it just brings me to the prompt.

Now, how do I, 1) Configure linux to bring up the graphical login, and 2) once i login, have it automatically load the KDE environment?

Right now what i have to do to get to the KDE environment is type:
xinit /usr/bin/startkde (someone in a chat room enlightened me too this)

That's kind of a pain in the butt. hehe.

Please, any help would be appreciated. I really want to learn linux, and am more than willing to learn. I have red all the how-to's and support doc's but to no avail. I give thanks in advance for any assitence into this matter.

Old 05-12-2002, 02:45 AM   #2
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When you're in, log as root and open file /etc/inittab.
There will be a line:
Chenge 3 to 5, reboot. GUI should start at boot.
Old 05-12-2002, 09:23 AM   #3
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Hi. Thanks, but the line already reads: id:5:initdefault:
Old 05-12-2002, 01:57 PM   #4
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About the inittab, check which number it says will load the GUI. For example on my Slackware, I checked the inittab file, and it says that 4 will load GUI managers (kdm, gnome, xdm) , and that 5 is the nothing, but configured the same as 3.

The default is kdm, so if you make it


then you will be taken to the kdm manager, which is the KDE login manager.
Old 05-12-2002, 04:16 PM   #5
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you can also just type "startx" instead of "xinit /usr/bin/startkde"
Old 05-14-2002, 11:16 AM   #6
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Hello all. Thanks for all the help. But I found the problem. What the problem was is that when after i logged in, then from the prompt i typed startx. When that loaded it came up w/ a domain lookup error. So I edited the hosts file, and then restarted. Then it worked w/ the graphical login n all. So again, thanks for all your help!


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