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Arty2000 12-29-2006 04:12 AM

Suse 10.1 Auto start the GUI ???
Hi there,

I've just installed Suse 10.1, but it won't automatically start the GUI.

I just get a black screen.

I can start Suse by using the 'Failsafe' mode and then typing 'startx', but after that I don't know how to fix it.

Any suggestions?

PS: I'm a newbie.

dombrowsky 12-29-2006 04:17 AM

so you're saying X won't start?

do you have a fully working system without X? i.e. do you know how to log in and use linux from the command line?

The chances of linux not installing correctly are low, while the changes of X11 not finding the right video card or monitor are very very high.

Arty2000 12-29-2006 04:30 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.

An update...

No matter what I do, the GUI (which I assume is known as 'X') won't start.

I hear music, but I am getting the black screen again.

I seem to have a fully working system (lots of stuff/text is loaded when I start it in 'Failsafe' mode).

I can log in as 'root' but after that, I don't really know what to do.

Incidentally, I installed this Suse on top of Mandrake 10.1.

It also says (when it is loading)...

'The DMA on your hard drive is turned off'

Hope that helps!

google01103 12-29-2006 07:56 AM

I'm confused by your post

"I can start Suse by using the 'Failsafe' mode and then typing 'startx', but after that I don't know how to fix it." - does this mean the gui does or doesn't startup?

"I can log in as 'root' but after that, I don't really know what to do" - you're logged in but in console mode and startx does nothing ?

I think you don't have your drivers for you video card set. You should post your card's vendor/model, which desktop you're using and what the screen says when it says entering level 5 and what it says when you type startx.

Arty2000 12-29-2006 08:35 AM

Yeah, it is a bit confusing!

1) Today I installed Suse 10.1.
2) But the X/KDE GUI wasn't appearing on the screen (via automatic logon).
3) I tried the 'Failsafe' mode and discovered that I could use 'startx' to start the X/KDE GUI (this worked once).
4) After rebooting and trying step 3) again, it wouldn't work again.

So, after my initial post, I found out that no matter how I got Linux started, I couldn't get a nice looking GUI.

As I type this, I'm reinstalling Suse with a different partition layout.

Wish me luck :)

Thanks for the reply!

google01103 12-29-2006 08:53 AM

10.2 - install 10.2, why 10.1?

Arty2000 12-29-2006 09:04 AM

I don't have 10.2 on a disc.

And I also don't have a broadband connection.

Arty2000 12-29-2006 09:36 AM


That was certainly an effective waste of time.

The reinstallation did absolutely nothing :(

Time to say good bye to Suse ... forever.

dombrowsky 12-29-2006 10:25 AM

if you're defeated that easily, then probably... yea, it is time.

google01103 12-29-2006 12:10 PM

10.2 because it is better, sometimes newer is better.

you really didn't give much information that could be used to help you.

Arty2000 12-30-2006 09:55 AM

To dumbrowski,


If defeated means spending my time more efficiently (with other Linux distros that actually can be bothered to start KDE for me) and in a more productive manner, then yes I am defeated.


I can feel tears streaming down my face :)

I guess I'm not as dumb as some.

dombrowsky 12-30-2006 11:57 AM

"open source is only free if your time is worthless"

When I hit a brick wall with this stuff, I can usually work my way through it. But if its going to take too much of my time, then I don't and move on.

But I don't say goodbye to a solid distro.... forever.

that was my point.

Arty2000 12-31-2006 12:51 AM

Geez Dumbrowski...

You're really living up to your new nickname!

Where the hell did you pull that quote from?

That's got to be the dumbest, most inappropriate quote (that I've read) to start a rebuttal with!

I don't remember typing the word 'free' or discussing the concept of freedom on this thread.

You should have used something like this...

"Technical concerns tend to find a solution as long as there are good people working on them. And Linux has the very best." - Linus Torvalds.

Not that Linus is talking about you :)

Jesus! I can't believe I'm telling you what to print!

In addition, do you always so easily contradict yourself?

Why would anyone say that they can 'move on' and yet then say 'I don't say goodbye'?

You're just shooting yourself in the foot!

Are you the kind of guy who leaves a lot of things unfinished? I'll bet you are :)

Come on Dumbrowski, you can do better than that. You've been to university, didn't they teach you anything else except zeros and ones?

PS: Here's a quote for your next post (should you dare)...

"The first consideration for anybody should be whether you'd like to do it even if you get nothing at all back. If you answer yes, then it is probably a project you'd enjoy doing." - Linus Torvalds.

dombrowsky 12-31-2006 01:42 AM

whoa, buddy, I was just saying if you're not willing to put time into free software, then it won't work.

Get it?

Arty2000 12-31-2006 05:08 AM

No kidding !?! :rolleyes:

Let me ask you a question Mr Intelligence...

Is your middle name 'Homer Simpson'?

Get it? :D

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