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RH 7.1 won't run X

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Installing RH 7.1 on a clean, second hard disk in my win98 computer. Just the Linux partitions on the disk. Installation proceeded OK until I tried to boot Linux. Then the screen would flicker at the command-prompt login -- as if it was trying to switch into graphics mode. Keyboard was locked out during this "flicker" stage. Eventually got an error message about:

ID "X" switching too quickly -- disabled for five minutes.

(or words to that effect)

Then I would have five minutes of command-mode access into Linux, which would operate OK. Then the switching would resume, until it timed out again and was disabled for five minutes.

Changed the startup sequence to rc.d 3 instead or rc.d 5, which allowed me to avoid the flickering, but not run X.

Tried running Setup, and configuring the Mouse. Get an error message about an error reading the mouse configuration file, and would I like to create a new one. Answer "yes". Go into the Mouse configuration again, and the same error is repeated.

The X server runs perfectly for the RH Install program -- no difficulties at all. But after the install is completed, X will not run. Any suggestions?

Is there any way to copy the X configuration file that is used during the Installation to be used for normal usage?
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First got to RedHat or a mirror and get the update for Xconfigurator and apply it. Then use Xconfigurator to set up X from the console login. You can then easily try your new Xconfiguration by executing "startx".

BTW: there are a number of important updates fro 7.1 that you seriously need to consider getting and applying, including glibc, gcc, kernel, etc. RH 7.1 will be a much more friendly OS with all applicable updates installed.
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Just downloaded the RPM, followed the directions, and I am now writing from Netscape in Gnome in Linux. Too cool!!

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