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Old 01-12-2004, 10:53 AM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 can only log into "Failsafe" mode.

I installed Mandrake 9.1 on a system I built for my brother. His system is based on a Biostar P4SXQ motherboard with an Intel 2.4 GHz Celeron processor, 256 MB of memory and a PNY GeForce4 MX440se video card.
After installing I turned the system on and it runs through it's intial set up. Everything looks fine. X-Free86 is installed, and I see all green OKs until a red Fail shows up for eth0. I'm not too concerned about that because it's a stand alone box and although it has a modem I have not connected the machine to the net. The only other thing I see during this stage is an error stating that it can't locate module fb0.
After this LILO comes up with it's choices of Linux, Linux-nonfb, Failsafe, and one other choice that I don't remember at this time.
If I choose Linux, the screen goes black. Nothing.
If I choose Linux-nonfb, then I see a collection of seemingly random ASCII characters.
If I choose Failsafe, then go into "text-mode", everything seems to work. I can bring up emacs and even work in it, but if I type in "X" expecting it to give me the X-windows interface I get the following message: -bash: x: command not found.
I'm very new to Linux so I guess this means that "X" is not the correct command.
I'm still stuck. I don't know what I should try next to correct the system. Any clues, suggestions, or insight into Linux would be appreciated.

Thank you
Old 01-12-2004, 01:17 PM   #2
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the correct command for starting up x is:
howewer, it might be an idea, to type
startx 2>x_start_errorlog
it saves the error messages to the file:
That way, you will be able to give the exect error message, if x dons't boot properly
Old 01-12-2004, 05:53 PM   #3
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lone_nut: thank you for the suggestion and the correct form for activating X.


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