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  While opening an  icon file (.xpm) that I just saved, my pc crashed & restarted until it got to where the x  server starts. It keeps trying to start but fails, over & over. How can I boot to a command line (runlevel 2) before the x server starts so I can remove the offending file.  I'am using Linux-Mandrake 6.1 with KDE.         Thanks in advance
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by:crojas
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In X press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to console number 1, then you'll need to edit the 'inittab' file in /etc. Change the runlevel from 5 to 3(Full network in text mode).
RunLevel 2 is without network in text mode.
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by:Daddy101399
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X never starts, it perpetually keeps trying to but fails (the monitor keeps flashing). Is there a linux equivalent to "safe mode" or some way to boot to a shell without  it trying to start x.
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by:antozi
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Have you tried with a linux boot diskette? that boots to the command line?
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by:Daddy101399
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I Tried using the rescue Boot floppy I created during the install. Lilo started  & after it found the devices & partitions, it asked for a Root floppy. If I continue with the boot floppy I get kernel panic.  I suppose its looking for the root file system. I don't recall making a Root floppy. This is beginning to look like a format & reinstall.
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After a few failed starts the system will wait for 5 min, if you press CRTL+ALT+F1 you can go to console mode, edit the file /etc/inittab, change the init level from 5 to 3 and after reboot your system won't start X. Change the settings with Xconfigurator or direct editing /etc/X11/XF86Config and use 'startx' to try X. When you get the X working OK change again the inittab file to runlevel 5.
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by:Daddy101399
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I let it keep trying for about 15 minutes without success. Fortunately I backed up my important data previously. After considering my lack of time, I decided to format & reinstall.
Thanks for your help.... Steve
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