Starting X-server/KDE from Bash Shell

Posted on 2000-03-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-20
I boot into Mandrake-Linux 6.5, and log in.  This takes me to the Bash shell.  How do I start/launch the Xserver and KDE?  I have tried typing startx, but that just leaves the system hanging.  I end up pressing alt-ctrl-del to get out.  I have configured the xserver, and it still won't work.  I am a newbie, so any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Which configuration method did you use? Xf86config? Xconfigurator Xf86setup? have you tried any alternative methods? Are you getting any error messages? I'm no guru, but Mandrake is pretty easy (comparitively) to get GUI on.

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have you tried just typing: xdm


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Try typing setup on the command line when your logged in as root. There is an X configuration tool in the window that pops up. You will need to know information about your monitor and video card. Don't just guess or you could possibly damage them. This will make a file in
/etc/X11, "XF86Config." If this correct X should run. Try control, alt, backspace if it hangs.
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Are you sure you've correctly configured your video card and monitor? Using Xconfigurator has the advantage of knowing that the config is workable as it tests the server as a part of the config process.

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I have used setup and xconf.  It tests fine when it lauches x-server in setup, but it won't run it from the prompt.
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You ought to be able to get some idea of where it's hung up by going back to teh console screen. At least in RH I can use the ctrl-alt-f1 hotkey to go back to the console.

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Using setup I was able to determine the problem... the network.

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