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Old 09-29-2003, 01:10 AM   #1
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startx is not working


startx in RH8.0 is not working. When i reboot, the first time it doesn't display anything but for the second time it works. Now, when i say startx, it displays only the mouse pointer as 'x' and nothing comes after that. when i quit the startx by 'ctrl+alt+backspace" it displays the following in the screen.
XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-72) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.18-11smp i686 [ELF]
Build Host:

Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.18-14 ( (gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 Wed Sep 4 13:35:50 EDT 2002
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Mon Sep 29 09:46:17 2003
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
xinit: connection to X server lost.

where is the error? can anyone please help me to solve this?
Old 09-29-2003, 05:14 AM   #2
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If you get a "mouse pointer as 'x'" ant nothing after that means, you have a running xserver, but no window/login manager is loaded.

I dont really understand what you mean by "but for the second time it works"... Does your computer start a login manager then? If this is so, you should run the appropriate script from the console (and not startx) that will also fire up a login manager.

The other solution (a dirty hack) is if you edit your startx file and load your window manager from there. This is not always a good idea, for it might break other stuff (i dont know how RH works, so I also dont know wether this is a real danger or not).

Give it a try, and see what it does.

Old 09-29-2003, 05:42 AM   #3
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try typing "kdm" at the command prompt, this will load up the login manager.

hope this helps :-)
Old 09-29-2003, 06:21 AM   #4
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yes, kdm works. thanks. but whether it'll be running always? that is, when i typed kdm in the command prompt it started the xserver and if i log out then it should come back to the command prompt right? it's not... i displays the graphical login. i couldn't come out from the xserver, why?
Old 09-29-2003, 07:34 AM   #5
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You can use "startx" from the command line to start your X session, or start an login manager (such as xdm, kdm, gdm)

You can also change your boot configuration (usually just the runlevel) to boot to the graphical login directly. ...but you shouldn't do this until your X is fully configured.
Old 09-29-2003, 08:03 AM   #6
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just try
ctrl + Alt + F1



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