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Old 02-12-2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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Display Manager

I've just installed Mandrake 9.2 after downloading the ISO images from their site. When I start up Mandrake it always boots into text mode - never a graphical interface. I can't find any log files to suggest what the problem is.

When I close down the machine "init 6" the only failure is in stopping Display Manager which probably indicates that it was never started.

I have a working version of RedHat 9 on the same machine different partition and that's quite happy boots into graphical mode no problem

I copied over the XF86Config file from RH to Mandrake made no difference.

The monitor is an IBM P70 with an ATI Mach64 3D Rage I.

Where do I look next?

Thanks in anticipation.
Old 02-12-2004, 03:03 PM   #2
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look in /etc/inittab for something like this (mine's from Slackware, yours will differ slightly)
# These are the default runlevels in Slackware:
#   0 = halt
#   1 = single user mode
#   2 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
#   3 = multiuser mode (default Slackware runlevel)
#   4 = X11 with KDM/GDM/XDM (session managers)
#   5 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
#   6 = reboot

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
Change where it says id:3:initdefault: to the appropriate value (X11), save and reboot.
Old 02-12-2004, 03:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the speedy response.

I rechecked the response I got back whent typing startx at command line which showed that it was using XF86Config-4, secured this file, copied the RH9 XF86Config file to XF86config-4. Eliminated the errors which were to do with the mouse and fonts.

It now boots into graphical mode



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