slackware freezes on login screen

Posted on 2006-06-01
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
Hi everybody,
I am very new in slackware. I am trying to scape from Bill Gates.
I changed the runlevel to '5', instead of type every time startx. Now my slackware starts the login xwindow screen and freezes  and allows no further action.(ctrl+alt+backspace does not work). How can I overcome this problem?
Sorry my english.
Question by:edgardvieira
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

Gns earned 1500 total points
ID: 16829338
If <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<F1> works, you'll get to a console, where you can login/reset the default runlevel.
You can also override the runlevel at the bootprompt (I'm a bit hazy on current slackware, so....:-): With lilo, you type the label followed by the runlevel you want, with grub you have to edit the kernel commandline ...
If none of those work for you, you can always boot a live CD or rescue mode (many distros have this on their install CD/DVD), mount the HDD partition(s) and correct the immediate problem...

When you start the "login screen", it is actually a display manager you are seeing. Usually either GDM, KDM or XDM. KDM (the KDE display manager) and XDM (the "original") share a lot of configuration files, probably in /etc/X11/xdm/*, where the actual X server (the one that freezes up on you) is specified (the Xservers file), with GDM (the GNOME display manager) you'll probably find the same things in /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf (in the servers section). One can suspect that the invocation of X differs from what is done for startx:).

If you're not stone set on slackware, I'd recommend some very friendly distros for you to start with: Ubuntu linux, Mandriva linux .... Both are wellknown for being easy on users coming from the windoze side of things .... _and_ being easy on your wallet:-).

-- Glenn

Author Comment

ID: 16919892
Thank you and very sorry about my lateness.

Featured Post

Get free NFR key for Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (1 year, 2 sockets) to all certified IT Pros. The license allows for the non-production use of Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 in your home lab, without any feature limitations. It works for both VMware and Hyper-V environments

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Using libpcap/Jpcap to capture and send packets on Solaris version (10/11) Library used: 1.      Libpcap (http://www.tcpdump.org) Version 1.2 2.      Jpcap(http://netresearch.ics.uci.edu/kfujii/Jpcap/doc/index.html) Version 0.6 Prerequisite: 1.      GCC …
In my business, I use the LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Linux. My workstations do real work, and so I rarely have the patience to deal with silly problems caused by an upgraded kernel that had experimental software on it to begin with from a r…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…
Suggested Courses

862 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question