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Old 07-09-2003, 10:41 PM   #1
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Angry Agrivation!!!


OK Mandrake 9.1 is really getting me mad!!!

I can't get to KDE, and nothing is helping!!

Nor is anyone!!! I've tried every place from MandrakeExpert to MandrakeUser, and other forums, and chats.

No one can help!!!!

What do I have to do?!?!?!?!
 
Old 07-09-2003, 10:49 PM   #2
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Note, all the posts I have are just from today alone!!
I NEED HELP!!!!
 
Old 07-09-2003, 10:49 PM   #3
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Could you please tell us more about this? For instance, have you had it working before and now it doesn't work anymore? Or it has never worked since you installed mandrake 9.1? Can you tell us what exactly *does* happen when you boot mandrake? The more info you can give, the faster you'll get this working.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 10:55 PM   #4
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OK, It has been working alllllll day and yesterday, when I installed it.

I first changed the root username (DOH!!!).
After that, I tried to install netscape in the root account.
The package was corrupt, so I logged out of root, tried to get into the only other account, and it just put me back to the log in screen (KDE).

I halted, and went back in.
Now, after the kernal loads with an error like "not enough space in < / >" it refreshes the screen about 5 times then brings up the command line.

From there, I edited the file: /etc/passwd and set the root username back to root. Now I can't log into the root account (password incorrect!??!), or get to my desktop.

Also, when I tried startx I got this:
"Could not init font path element unix/:-1, removing from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed.'"

PLEASE HELP!
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:14 PM   #5
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I'm not sure that particular string of errors is going to be easily recovered, even by an expert sitting at the machine, much less someone who is miles away.

I hate to say it, but since you've only had it installed a couple of days, I would recommend you re-install mandrake again. This is only going to take about 20 minutes, which is perhaps the quickest way to get back to your desktop.

I guess no one needs to tell you this now, but I'll say it anyway: be careful editing files, always make a backup first. Until you're more familiar with the way linux works, use the configuration utilities provided by mandrake, this will save you a lot of trouble in the beginning.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:15 PM   #6
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Uh ok, do I have to remove Mandrake now or just install over the hda?

And how would I do that?

Last edited by InSane103; 07-09-2003 at 11:20 PM.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:26 PM   #7
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Just insert the first cd and install as you did before.
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:29 PM   #8
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Unhappy BAH!

Hopefully the next time I post, it will be in Mandrake!!
 
Old 07-09-2003, 11:33 PM   #9
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That would be nice , going to bed now, check you tomorrow.

Last edited by akaBeaVis; 07-09-2003 at 11:37 PM.
 
Old 07-10-2003, 12:01 AM   #10
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It is nice to be back baby!!!! I'm NEVER going to mess with system setting EVER again!!
 
Old 07-10-2003, 07:48 AM   #11
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One word of advise.

Don't log into desktop (you're using kde if i'm not mistaken) as root. Log in as a regular user and if need be su to root in a console window. After all, you can start any program in a console. Besides, some programs (Mandrake control center and harddrake for instance) ask for root password at start automaticly even if you start them as a normal user from the menu.
 
  


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