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Old 04-06-2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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All options on my dual boot lead to a black terminal. Where is the OS

I recently purchased a toshiba p15 laptop with a 3 GHz P4 and just about everything top of the line. I installed Mandrake 9.2 last night to find that on the dual boot screen there aer three linux options. THey all lead to a black screen terminal (looks like DOS). how do I get to the operating system? what do I do now? THnaks
Old 04-06-2004, 06:03 PM   #2
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if you get a login prompt then that IS the operating system...


what happens is that your aren't running a graphical user interface...

to run the graphical user interface, use the "startx" command...

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Old 04-06-2004, 06:16 PM   #3
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i'd suggest that the x server didn't start as this is probably automatic, and you shouldn't need to startx or type kdm manually.
login at the prompt and type:

less /var/log/XFree86.0.log

and search for WW or EE (search invoked by tapping / )

probably a config error which stops your windows starting. Are there errors/warnings?

Try reinstalling Mandrake and not deselecting the desktop environments (principally kde or gnome) bottom left of the config screen when you can select/deselect various high level options.


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