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Old 02-07-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Smile Newnie looking for help with installation of desktop


Lenovo laptop T400 6474 Model R2U with following specs:
Intell T9400 2.53 GHz Dual Core 2GB Ram and 160 GB Serial ATA - HD
Graphics - Max resolution 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
Graphics processor Intel GMA 4500 MHD dynamic video memory

Installed Linux OS Centos 6.4 minimal install only on the HD

After spending some time practicing my CLI and vi editing proficiency branching out to continue the Linux learning curve, I modified the network configuration to have the eth0 to boot on startup.

Now that I have network access I ran "yum" to install the KDE desktop. Watched it install ok, on restarting no desktop, still in CLI mode. Next ran "yum" to install xterm, restarted and still no desktop.

Guessing I have a driver issue but looking forward to a next step from someone.

thank you in advance
 
Old 02-07-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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When you have multiple desktops you will have a choice as to which desktop to log in to. When you boot to the login screen look for a menu that gives you a choice of desktops before you log in.

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Old 02-07-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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From the CLI simply do
startx
as a user.
If you don't start the GUI then it's premature to speak about drivers. Afterwards you might want to start in the GUI, it should be in /etc/inittab.
I've never started Centos in text so I don't know if there would be some other GUI in there. But anyhow, in a GUI logon screen you can choose between (whatever) or KDE
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:59 AM   #4
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Question ran startx

ok, did as jdeca suggested, startx ran failed. The xorg.0.log
shows first error @ Failed to load module 'intel'
after that error failed to load module 'modesetting' and 'fbdev'
after loading driver vesa_drv.so
EE: The PCI device has a kernel module claiming it ..
EE: Try appending "nomodeset" to your boot options.
Falling back to old probe method for vesa
EE: No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

consult documentation @ CentOS

which I am doing now.

Thanks again for any suggestions.
 
Old 02-08-2014, 02:45 PM   #5
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It looks like you first need to isntall all the X11 packages
Code:
# yum groupinstall 'X Window System'
then you need to install the graphical interface of your choice
Code:
# yum groupinstall 'KDE desktop'
Really I have never installed CentOS before and I hope somebody with experience in that distro can help you here on your thread

check out these links

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...centos-6-4098/

http://namhuy.net/475/how-to-install...s-minimal.html

Good luck to you.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:51 PM   #6
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Smile Thanks Tron

From your signature I may switch to Slackware, see you are running that on a T42!
 
Old 02-08-2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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Thumbs up The X Window install did it Tron

Thanks, When rerun Yum KDE desktop message was that No package request for that group available for
update or install. Thanks for the input.
 
Old 02-08-2014, 06:20 PM   #8
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I have no experience with CentOS so I dont know if once you completed the installation you might or might not need to type startx on terminal in order to get the graphical interface start it.

remember to run startx as user not as root.

good luck to you.
 
Old 02-08-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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Check
Code:
cat /etc/inittab
# inittab is only used by upstart for the default runlevel.
#
# ADDING OTHER CONFIGURATION HERE WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON YOUR SYSTEM.
#
# System initialization is started by /etc/init/rcS.conf
#
# Individual runlevels are started by /etc/init/rc.conf
#
# Ctrl-Alt-Delete is handled by /etc/init/control-alt-delete.conf
#
# Terminal gettys are handled by /etc/init/tty.conf and /etc/init/serial.conf,
# with configuration in /etc/sysconfig/init.
#
# For information on how to write upstart event handlers, or how
# upstart works, see init(5), init(8), and initctl(8).
#
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used are:
#   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#   1 - Single user mode
#   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
#   3 - Full multiuser mode
#   4 - unused
#   5 - X11
#   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 
id:5:initdefault:
the '5' on the last line indicates start GUI mode, otherwise its likely a '3' right now ie server+network mode.
Google 'linux run levels'.

Try
Code:
yum grouplist
to see the Installed/Available groups.
It sounds like you've got it done, but its still worth a look.
 
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