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Old 04-06-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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need a linux guru help


Have the fllowing problem:
after some rpm updates and installing some modules, after I reboot X cannot start and gives me either a black screen with a white cross mouse pointer or a blue screen in text mode with a frame that supposedly should contain some message but instead has a weird combination of symbols:
^_^? (which looks like a silly face laughing at my troubles)
and two buttons underneath Yes and No
(Apparently fonts get screwed up somehow)

Last time it happened after a kernel reinstall, however i was able to get back in X by copying over the file from the backup i made into the /etc. That solved the problem back then. However i still did not understand the root of the problem.

Now just copying this file or in fact all files from backup into the /etc directory did not help. So i am back with my black screen

I recall that i had to alter the a bit, but i only added lines
into it, thats all , and ran ldconfig after this.

I looked at the log file at /var/log/XFree...
and it did not contain any errors. So i dont even have error messages to understand what the real problem is.

Please help
Old 04-06-2004, 04:23 PM   #2
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got a bit further in that:

found that the link rstart in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/ is a broken link and supposed to be pointing to rstart in the etc/X11 directory. But this file doesnt exist there.

also, how do you shut down the X server?

Old 04-06-2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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As root, in a terminal, type "telinit 3" without the quotes. You'll be thrust into a terminal screen. X is dead. To restart X, "telinit 5". Runlevel 3 is text. Runlevel 5 is Graphical.
Old 04-06-2004, 10:41 PM   #4
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additionaly you can usally use <ctl><alt><backspace>
to exit an x windows server. Check you XF86config file for errors. there should be a saved older XF86config file like XF86config.bckup or something similar. try renaming the current XF86config file to XF86config.tmp.bckup then rename the XF86config.bckup to XF86config. then you might want to turn off the default boot to x by going and editing /etc/inittab one of the first lines is id:5:defaultrunlevel: change the 5 to a 3 nearly like the privious post. only this change the default runlevel. Now when you boot up login as a user and run startx. this should run all text output to that tty then when the error happens you can switch back to orginal tty and see what is happining to the server. If you like you can pipe the errors to another file with startx 2>errors.txt. hope it helps
Old 04-06-2004, 11:24 PM   #5
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thanks guys



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