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Old 06-15-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
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Can't Start GUI


I just installed Mandriva 2005 LE from a DVD, but had some problems. It didn't like my selection of video driver. At the time I didn't know what my video driver was, so I guessed and it didn't like any of my guesses. Finally, I backed up and managed to get around this question (not sure how) and finished the installation.

When I rebooted I got a text display (no GUI). I entered my name and password and got a command prompt. I entered startx and got an error message. Then I entered drakconf and selected "Display" from the options list.

This gave me the message, "Your Xorg configuration file is broken, we will ignore it". Then I was given a list of video drivers to choose from. My video card is a g-force 4mx, mx420, by nVIDIA, so I selected the choice closest to it which was "GeForce 4(generic). "

I got a message that said, "Please insert the medium named 'Installation DVD' on drive [/dev/hdc]". Then one of the drives opened up, but it was the CD-RW drive, not the DVD drive. It won't read the DVD and I can't get it to read the DVD drive.

I'm now stuck.


What to do now?

Help would be appreciated.

 
Old 06-15-2005, 06:56 PM   #2
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temporarily... run drakconf again and go down to the xorg section, choose 'nv', this will give you a GUI so that you can resolve the issue.

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Old 06-15-2005, 07:44 PM   #3
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Richard,

I ran drakconf again, but there was no "xorg" secton on it

Suggestions?

Thanks
 
Old 06-15-2005, 07:47 PM   #4
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edit the xorg.conf file and simply put 'nv' in.

if not choose a vesa card from drakconf...
 
Old 06-15-2005, 09:52 PM   #5
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Richard,

My mistake! The "xorg" section was within the "Display" section. The first time, I only looked at listings other than "Display".

I tried both "nv" and "vesa" but got the same result. I got a message that said, "Please insert the medium named 'Installation DVD' on drive [/dev/hdc]". Then one of the drives opened up, but it was the CD-RW drive, not the DVD drive. So I'm back to where I started from.

Any suggestions on how to get past this point?

Thanks!
 
Old 06-16-2005, 06:26 AM   #6
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just realised, you do have the xserver installed, right?
 
Old 06-16-2005, 10:42 AM   #7
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Richard,

I probably didn't have "xserver" installed. I say probably because I'm a newbie and am still uncomfortable with the file system. Anyway, I ran "find xserver" in both the current directory and the root directory but found nothing.

I booted to the Installation DVD and chose to Upgrade my system. This ran briefly and now I have a GUI (from which I'm preparing this message!) This is real progress for me.

Thanks for putting me on the right path

(who has learned something!)
 
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well done and Good luck.

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