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Old 01-21-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Thumbs up xserver has failed

hi all,

The xserver of my system has failed.When i am opening a shell,i am getting :
bash-2.05b# this prompt.But i need the prompt:
root@localhost# some thing like this.
I have tried to restart my xserver by using "startx" command,the message is mentioned below:

bash-2.05b# startx

Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
Please report problems to

What should i do to get that prompt?

Ravi Chobey
Old 01-21-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Location: lexington NC.
Distribution: Ultimalinux 8.4 & Slackware 12.0.0
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looks like you have a root prompt so try entering

init 3 ; init 4

that should shutdown the curent X server and then restart it

Last edited by vinnywrite; 01-21-2009 at 10:53 PM.


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