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Old 10-28-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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Goodbye GUI?


I have some issues now with booting linux. Instead of booting up the GNOME GUI, it boots up the dos like linux style thing. Im not good with that stuff and was curious how to get back to the GUI. Thanks.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 12:47 PM   #2
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The "DOS style thing" is the command line interface (CLI); you're facing a shell of some kind, probably bash (bourne again shell), and you should try to learn using it too, for variety of reasons. But, to your problem...

1) log in at the text prompt: simply fill in your username as you would normally do, then your password (note that no characters are displayed when writing the password, so be careful!)
2) once inside, try issuing this command:
Code:
init 5
and see what happens. If you're not dropped into the graphical environment, you should receive an error which you can use to try to determine what's the real problem. For the errors you could also read some logfiles (especially X's log) in /var/log using something like
Code:
less /var/log/dmesg
and check out, in addition to dmesg, Xorg's log and possibly syslog.

If "init 5" did put you into runlevel 5, the graphical one in Fedora, you must just make sure that /etc/inittab has runlevel 5 as default.

..but, if you're still sitting there with the command line, it's probably an error with X, it's configuration or GDM (if that's your graphical login manager) or something else. In this case the error messages help to find the reason, so please post them here if you can.

You can learn more about using the command line at www.linuxcommand.org which is a great site; reading at least the basics there (not too long, even!) you'll survive with the text shell, and hopefully learn why it's powerful.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 12:49 PM   #3
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Login where prompted and type in
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startx
If it fails to go in, post up the error messages.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 02:23 PM   #4
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ther we go! I got it back, thank you guys very much!
 
  


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