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Old 09-05-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Slackware not starting X install

I've installed Slackware 10.2 on an old workstation, and the install went fine, near as I can tell. I went with a pretty typical installation, picking up most of the common programs. However, I selected XFCE as the only window manager (I've only 1.5 GB of total HD space to work with, so I used the "menu" package selection to deselect the other window managers/envioronments).

When I start the computer, LILO detects an OS it calls "Linux" and allows me to boot it. However, this boot does not start X. I get what you would see if you ran init 3. I tried "init 5" but that didn't do anything for me. I can't figure out why X isn't starting.

I realize this isn't enough information to go on, but I'm not sure what log files, etc. are needed. So let me know what you need to know, and I'll share it. Thanks.

Pentium Pro 200 MHz
PCI VGA Video Card
2 GB SCSI Hard Drive

The SCSI Controller resides in a PCI slot. It has its own BIOS-space utility that can be disabled.
Old 09-05-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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Slackware always starts in runlevel 3 until you configure it (i.e. edit /etc/inittab) to start with a GUI. For Slack, if you want a GUI, you use runlevel 4 and not 5.
Old 09-05-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hahaha init 4 ftw!

Hello, XFCE. Good to see you.

I'm sure I'll have another problem soon.


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