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jec25 05-10-2010 08:34 PM

Runlevel 5 Error
 
Hi All,
I'm a newbie, I've installed a Linux Suse and was successful but when it boot-up it just went to the bash shell. Below is the last line shown;

Skipped services in runlevel 5: smbfs

Linux login:

Can someone please advise what went wrong and what needs to be done?
Thank you in advance.

AlucardZero 05-10-2010 09:08 PM

That just means the Samba filesystem didn't start. Do you use smbfs? Why do you think something went wrong?

jec25 05-10-2010 09:27 PM

Thanks for responding. I have no idea about the smbfs, I just wrote what I've seen on the screen. Shouldn't I be expecting to see the KDE after the installation? What's the smbfs, and what can I do with it so that my screen will show the KDE?

AlucardZero 05-10-2010 09:33 PM

Ok, so your problem is that you are expecting a GUI and aren't getting it on boot. Please be clearer next time.

Did you select a desktop environment during the install?

If you hit ctrl+alt+f7, does anything happen (probably no)?

You'll probably have to log in at that login prompt, run yast2, and install a desktop environment there. There's a "software management" choice.. hopefully SuSE comes with some sane default repositories.

damgar 05-10-2010 09:35 PM

Have you tried logging in and typing
Code:

startx
???

jec25 05-11-2010 12:35 AM

Quote:

Did you select a desktop environment during the install?
I've selected KDE Desktop Environment during installation. Do I need to re-run yast2?

Quote:

If you hit ctrl+alt+f7, does anything happen (probably no)?
The screen just went blank with a blinking cursor on the top left corner

Quote:

Have you tried logging in and typing
Code:
startx
doesn't work too.

Please advise further step to take.
Thanks.

damgar 05-11-2010 08:49 AM

Do you get any errors or does it just not work? What video card do you have?

jec25 05-11-2010 07:57 PM

hi damgar,
As I've mentioned from previous post, I'm expecting to see the GUI to come up after booting-up but instead it's just going to the bash shell. I don't know if this is an error. The last line on the screen showed
Quote:

Skipped services in runlevel 5: smbfs

Linux login:
The video card I believe is a NVIDIA_GLX.

damgar 05-11-2010 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jec25 (Post 3965101)
hi damgar,
As I've mentioned from previous post, I'm expecting to see the GUI to come up after booting-up but instead it's just going to the bash shell. I don't know if this is an error. The last line on the screen showed


The video card I believe is a NVIDIA_GLX.

Do you know the model number of the Nvidia card? For instance I have an Nvidia GT220 in one of my boxes. The reason I ask is that on that machine the default opensource driver does not work with my hardware, so one of the first things I have to do when I install/reinstall a distro is to install the Nvidia proprietary driver. To go further, Suse was the only distro I tried with an Nvidia GTS8800 that wouldn't start some sort of x session.

I doubt very seriously that the bit about smbfs is any type of error. More than likely it is just ouput from the startup scripts that you would normally not see if X started properly.

Things I would do:
Login and type
Code:

runlevel
If it gives you a runlevel great, you can make sure you are in the runlevel you expected to be in. I'm not familiar with Suse (since X didn't automagically work in suse when I was first trying linux) to know if that command exists in Suse. If it just spits out an error no biggie.

Assuming everything but X is working, I would use the command line package management utilities to install the proprietary Nvidia driver if is available from Suse's repos.

In my case, I always just download the driver straight from Nvidia http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...36.24-pkg1.run is the direct download link for the latest driver since my distro doesn't really have package repositories. If they are available from Suse's repositories (you'll be able to google that quite easily) it is much handier to use them.

jec25 05-12-2010 02:09 AM

I tried re-installing SuSe and for some reason the GUI is now working. Thanks for all your responses and help.


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