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Old 12-16-2005, 01:50 AM   #1
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Starting linux


I have windows XP and Linux Unbuntu on one pc.
When I start the pc and choose to boot Linux, then I get a screen like DOS. How can I start the graphical interface of Linux?


Old 12-16-2005, 02:01 AM   #2
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Try logging in with your user account and issuing "startx" (without quotes). I'd have thought Ubuntu would have you boot to a graphical login :/.
Old 12-16-2005, 02:45 AM   #3
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Just to expand on the previous post, Ubuntu should have got you to a graphical login unless there is a problem with your graphics card. Maybe let us know what graphics card so we can point you in the right direction if startx doesn't work - it might need manually reconfiguring (which isn't that hard - honest!).
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Ok, I'll try it later today. (now i am at work so...):P

Thanks BTW!!
Old 12-16-2005, 10:34 AM   #5
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Hi again,

I tried it and it didn't work.
At the boot screen I choose to boot:"Unbuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386(recovery mode)" then there was a screen like DOS says: root@ben(my name):~# so there I typed startx but then it said: command not found.
My Graphic card is a: ATI Radeon 9800 SE from Saphire

I'm not good at English sorry for that:P and i don't know anything about Linux.


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If you choose "Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386(recovery mode)" then you are booting into just that, a recovery mode. This mode will not start your graphical interface because it is intended for diagnostic and maintenance work when there is something wrong with the system. If you have a boot entry that just says "Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386" then try that one instead.


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