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help help ....gdm freaking out

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I have Red Hat Linux 6.0 and the power went out one day.  When Linux boots back up (tried rebooting a few times), the screen flickers for a couple minutes and i get the error:

"According to /var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (21913), but seems to have been murdered mysteriously."
...same
...same
...same
"INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast:  disabled for 5 minutes."

Then after 5 minutes, the screen flickers again for a couple minutes and the whole process starts over again.  How do I fix the problem??  I had this happen once before and I fixed it by reformatting and reinstalling.  I really don't want to have to go through that again.  Thanks for any help!!

Tim
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by:jyu_88
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at LILO boot prompt, type 'linux single', to get in single mode. try to remove /var/run/gdm.pid. It seems to be a stale pid file after the power out.

Alternatively, you should be able to switch to a different console (to get to tty3, press ctrl-alt-F3, for example), then login as root, try to remove /var/run/gdm.pid. The flickering may continue between tty1 and tty7.

For more information, check /var/gdm looking for the error file.

After all fixed, buy yourself a decent UPC.


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by:GorGor1
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Thanks my man...it worked.  All I had to do was delete the pid file.

By the way...a UPC to me means the bar code on the back of a product that you buy  :o)  What does UPC mean when talking about computers??
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by:DVB
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That should be UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). Essentially a set of big batteries for your computer. (Highly oversimplified)
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by:GorGor1
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oh ok...gotcha...yep i agree i need one...thanks!!
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glad my comment worked for you. sorry for the misspelling.
UPC, UPS it sounds all familar, doesn't it?!
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