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Old 07-28-2003, 10:22 PM   #1
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trouble with command line

I am pretty new to Linux so bare with my description. I don't know all the terms yet.

I am running Mandrake 9.1. If I enable graphical logins, everything works fine. If I use the text login and then type startx, my computer freezes and i have to reinstall to get it working again. My question is, is there anything I cannot do from a consol window in KDE that I can do from outside of KDE.
Old 07-28-2003, 10:33 PM   #2
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I can't think of anything. Usually people boot to a text logon to avoid problems that sometimes occur when changes are made to the X configuration. I don't know why startx is failing but have you tried typing kdm?
Old 07-28-2003, 11:19 PM   #3
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yeah, kdm or gdm as root should bring up your graphical login screen
Old 07-29-2003, 08:52 AM   #4
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Did you disable your X login before you run startx? I mean when your computer starts, it brings you straight to the console login prompt or the graphical one? As far as I know, if you only switch to console login by "CTRL" + "ALT" + "F1".... you wont be able to startx coz X is already running... perhaps you have known this but just in case you forgot....

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