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however you can go to /var/log/packages and see there, what packages are installed? how many "xorg-server-*" packages are there? You really need to install basically everything under x and selectively under xap (or all if HD space permits). The language packages you are referring to are probably the KDE ones.
OK thanks for your input everyone, this definitely shouldn't happen with a fresh install so i must have done something wrong in setup, will start over again. I just wanted to check like i wasn't missing something obvious. Will post to slackers forum in future.
You actually can start an X session in root, but beware that as root your system is more vulnerable, so try not to mess around as a root user unless absolutely needed. Root is for system administration, not normal work. If you do need root access just use the "sudo" or "su" tools to run things as with root privileges or as root through user.
You probably have an installation that may or may not have everything installed from the installation disk if that's the route you went. You could try to navigate to /etc/slackpkg and see if the "mirrors" file is editable with the text editor "nano", uncomment a choice file server, save the file and the run slackpkg with upgrade-all and install-new to see if it can remote install and repair your system.
Wouldn't make sense, [X] contains xinit which is what what contains /usr/bin/startx. He didn't get "startx: No such file or directory", but it is likely he hasn't done a full install, or isn't a part of the necessary groups since startx generally works out of the box.