help help ....gdm freaking out

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 was already running (21913), but seems to have been murdered mysteriously."
"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!!

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jyu_88Connect With a Mentor Commented:
glad my comment worked for you. sorry for the misspelling.
UPC, UPS it sounds all familar, doesn't it?!
at LILO boot prompt, type 'linux single', to get in single mode. try to remove /var/run/ 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/ 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.

GorGor1Author Commented:
Thanks my 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??
That should be UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). Essentially a set of big batteries for your computer. (Highly oversimplified)
GorGor1Author Commented:
oh ok...gotcha...yep i agree i need one...thanks!!
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