want my graphical interface back..

Posted on 2003-03-27
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have suse 8.0 set up in my computer. I was working with a graphical screen but now I can't. It dropped a DOS-like screen. How can I switch back to graphical interface.

And a 2nd question which linux is the most h/w friendly. I mean which lets me
have less h/w trouble .
Question by:shalgam
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Monchanger earned 200 total points
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Can you explain a bit more about the screen you see:
* Is it a login screen, or a boot menu?
* Do you see any errors in the boot sequence?
* Anything else you think may let us understand what the problem is.

This is a shot in the dark, but: could you have changed your boot runlevel?

If you are logged in type this:
grep initdefault /etc/inittab

I think it should have the number 4 in it, for example:

Runlevels can allow you to configure different ways of booting your system, for example in Slackware, 4 starts the graphical interface and lets you login with a GUI. In runlevel 3 you log in from the console (DOS-like mode)

I'm not sure if the runlevels in Suse are the same as in Slackware, so open up /etc/inittab and check for something like this:
# These are the default runlevels in Slackware:
#   0 = halt
#   1 = single user mode
#   2 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
#   3 = multiuser mode (default Slackware runlevel)
#   4 = X11 with KDM/GDM/XDM (session managers)
#   5 = unused (but configured the same as runlevel 3)
#   6 = reboot

What you are looking for is the the one with X11 (the graphic interface). Locate it and make sure it matches the number in /etc/inittab (need to be root to change inittab and afterwards, you should reboot)

Be very careful not to change other stuff in this file.

Regarding your second question, the distros usually suggested to first-time users are RedHat and Mandrake, which are said to be easy and well supported. I've tried both and they are pretty good at hiding the technical stuff from you.
Also, remember that some hardware vendors don't create drivers for linux (and don't let linux driver programmers have access to specifications). Check the h/w compatability lists to make sure your hardware is.

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Thanks a lot.. It worked..

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