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Old 03-02-2004, 08:36 PM   #1
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Problem with Start Here


I am a newbie to Linux and was experimenting with the desktop menus of my Linux environment. I have been doing this from the last couple of days.

Today, I was reading this Red Hat Linux Bible by Christopher Negus.

I was experimenting with side panes, background, tree structure and I think I have accidently pulled some file from the source directory to another directory which I am not sure of. I am not sure of this. I might have.

Anyway, when I click on Start Here to change few of the Preferences, I get the following error :

" Couldn't find " start-here:///". PLease check the spelling & try again."

I am sure this was not happening earlier.

I tried to access Preferences from the Main Menu. On clicking any of the menus of Preferences, nothing happens.

I decided to restart the machine. When it was restarting, I got the following error:

" I cannot start the X server ( user Graphical Interface ). It is likely the it is not set up correctly. You will need to log in on a console & rerun the X configuration program. Then retstart GDM"

A login console was displayed and on entering the log in id which is root ( the same was being used with the GUI as well ), the environment refused to accept it.

Can anyone tell me what the problem is and any possible solution. Does it mean that I have to install Linux all over again??

Feedback would be appreciated.

Old 03-05-2004, 02:25 AM   #2
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A login console was displayed and on entering the log in id which is root ( the same was being used with the GUI as well ), the environment refused to accept it.
you mean you login as root all the time?

Rerun the X configuration program (I don't know what it is for redhat, but it will be explained in your book I guess...)
Make sure you don't type any mistakes (capital letters etc..) when you login, if you didn't type any mistake.. maybe you deleted or replaced the /etc/passwd file? I don't know but if you can't login anymore there's not much left to do for you but ... a fresh install.

good luck!


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