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Old 08-17-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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startx from root user is working while from sudo user not

I installed backtrack and everything for root user is working fine except...

My problem is,

When i switch on my laptop and login as "root" and type "startx" for starting X server. Everything works fine.

But when i switch on my laptop and login as sudo user "me" and type "startx", screen freezes with small underscore at upperleft corner of screen and nothing happened afterwards. I had to force shutdown via power button.

But but but when i first login and startx with root user and logout and then login as "me" (sudo user) and type "startx", it works!!!

Can someone identify this problem and held me a solution???

Thank you.
Old 08-17-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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set up your graphical interface one more time, do it this time as regular user instead of doing it as root and issue the startx again, just to see if it works.
Old 08-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying,

Yes i tried and it stucks again. I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Fn (n=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12), TAB, reboot, shutdown -P now, and every key after waiting for 10 minutes. Nothing.

Let me tell you, it's not definite that it always works on "root" it hangs once on root also.

Actually i am not using xorg.conf as i used to get my resolution back.


New news, after updating Backtrack and installing few important applications, it stop starting up for root also, i tried 5 times in a row but failed.

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