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Old 01-23-2008, 07:11 AM   #1
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xserver is present but not works in single user mode

i am using GNOME-2.8.0 and all the gui applications works fine here(Desktop).

when i go to single user mode (ALT + CTRL + F1) and login with the same user name and execute any gui application i get the error message stating
that can not connect to X server. why is this happening.
how to connect the X server for the single user mode.

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Old 01-23-2008, 07:19 AM   #2
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Ctrl+Alt+F1 has nothing to do with the single user mode. It's just the first terminal, while your X continues to run on the 7th. To get to the single user mode, you need to boot with the single option or change your runlevel to 1. It's used for system maintenance and doesn't normally have X started.

If you really want to login on the first console and start another X session, try

startx -- :1
Old 01-23-2008, 07:33 AM   #3
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thank u Uncle_Theodore

i tried startx -- :1 on the first console(Ctrl+Alt+F1) and it says "perhaps u dont have console ownership" e.t.c....

also i have tried all the Fkeys and till F6 i get terminal to login and on the F7 i get the Desktop.
on the F8 i dont get any thing but i can type the characters and it is in the memory .while shutting down the characters i have typed is displayed.

F9-F12 does nothing .

what is special about F8 and how to run the X session on the 1st terminal.
Old 01-23-2008, 07:41 AM   #4
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If you are trying to start another GUI session when you are already running a different one, login to a terminal (like you did using CTRL-ALT-F1) and enter the command
xinit -- :1
Old 01-23-2008, 07:55 AM   #5
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thank u for u r reply reddazz

i get the same error messages even after trying the command xinit -- :1

Fatal server error :
Pam authentication failed , can not start X server

perhaps u dont have console ownership


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