Cannot load Xserver/KDE on fresh Mandrake 10.1RC x86_64 install


Hardware setup is as follows:
AMD64 3400+
Gigabyte K8NS Pro mobo
Onboard Audio
nVidia GeForce440mx
Pioneer DVR-108
Marvell Yukon Gigabit LAN

I'm again trying to move over to Linux and am totally unable to get a GUI started. I've reinstalled Mandrake twice, using two different burns off of two seperately downloaded ISOs and have tried with Debian also. I'm assuming this has something to do with my video card/64 bit setup. It works fine from command line, but that really isn't much use to someone who's not at all familiar with Linux, IE Me.

My question is what do I have to do, in English not Linux-ese, to get it to work?

I have network access in the command line so I can download something, if someone can tell me what it is that I need to download.
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Can you paste the errors here - wrong X settings are one of the more common errors, although mandrake should run out of the box.
RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure if this is what you need but it's what I get at start up after I log in:

execve failed for etc/x11/x (errno 2)
giving up

X init: no such file or directory (errno 2): Unable to connect to X Server
X init: No such process (errno 3): Server error

The giving up part makes me sad.
find / -iname xinit #to check where it is located, if it exsists at all - it should
#I have them in

Also, check if /usr/X11R6/bin is in your $PATH (echo $PATH)
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RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
find / -iname xinit results in:


echo $PATH:

Probably /etc/X11/X does not exist. Check it and it's readability.

If it doesn't, first install you gfx driver - the nvidia one is closed source, so it isn't part of the distro (most probably). Then fix the /etc/X11/xorg.conf as the driver installation instructions say, reboot and retry.
RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
How does one check somethins readability?

I tried installing the driver, but it told me it needed to build a kernel interface and then it couldn't find my kernel source, and I have absolutly no clue how to find it, or what to do once it's been found.
with readability I meant if it is readable (+r). You'd see it pe by "ls -l /path/file".
The first field lists the attributes in trios and r stands for readable, w for writealbe and x for eXecutable. First trio is the owner, second for his group and third for all other.
rwxr-xr-- #would mean you can do anything with it, your group can read and execute and others can only read

You need to install the kernel sources first.
urpmi kernel-source
RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
kernel source 2.6- unsatisfied ncurses-devel

I'm assuming that means I should reinstall with all the developer packages installed and start from the beginning again?
i'd assume the same, install ncurses-devel and w/e else it needs.

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RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
Dang, thanks.
can post the contents of /var/log/Xorg.log (only the last part, not the whole file)?
did you run the x setup i nthe mandrake setup (you have to manually do this at the end)  If not run

or later is is named

They should help get it set up.

RobbieCrashAuthor Commented:
There was no Xorg.log there, I don't know what that means but I can only assume it's not good.

I've tried running the X setup several times but it won't finish. After trying to reinstall again I realised that the iso I have for Mandrake doesn't have what I need to be able to install and that since I'm not part of Mandrake Club I can't download the images I do need to be able to install the 64 bit version and run a GUI.

Oh well, I'll try Debian instead.

Thanks for the help anyhow.
you can run mandrake 10.1 x86  ---not _64
it will run just fact not many linux apps are supported in x86_64 yet....

Good luck,
PS you can download community and then urpmi up to official. Either by waiting for the release or finding a mirror.

They have all the rpms out there just not the iso's
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