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Redhat was booting the GUI without a problem. I have no idea what has changed, but now it only boots to a red screen without a login window.
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by:rindi
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Check the vga Cable, maybe it isn't attached properly or broken. If it seems OK, try to boot the PC using a LiveCD, if it acts the same as your installed OS, you have a hardware issue. You'll find LiveCD's to choose from on the following site (PartedMagic is very useful, particularly if you need to diagnose other hardware problems).

http://distrowatch.com
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This is not a hardware issue. I can boot into XWindows. I see the GUI screen all the way up to where the login prompt should appear. I am viewing this in a VM as well.
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What do you mean with viewing it in a VM as well? Either it is a VM or an actual PC? Or am I missing something? Can you boot into non GUI mode and check your log files? Also, what version of RH is it?
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by:Aeroquinn
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The RHEL server is running in a VM, not off a physical server.  The version is 5.1. It was booting into the default interface without a problem. I am able to SSH into the server for a command line. It had been runnign fine for over three days, then I went to reboot and it would reach the GUI but no login prompt. It's as if something has gotten corrupted. I am not sure which logs to view. I am aware of linux, but still new. I have a strong backgorund in MS Server OS's and networking.
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The Xorg logs should show details. Also, try running sudo yum update, this could help.
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by:Aeroquinn
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The yum update did not find any additional packages. Is there a way to uninstall and reinstall the gnome-desktop? I am still seeing a red screen with no login prompt.
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You can uninstall packages using yum uninstall packagename, but I don't know what the complete package name for the desktop would be in RH. Also this will uninstall large parts of your system. It's probably faster and easier to install from scratch. If you are using VMware server or ESXi (I don't know the other VMware products), have you installed the vmware tools into the VM?
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by:Aeroquinn
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I did end off reinstalling the system last night. I was hoping to find a better solution to this problem. In the Windows world, I can't just reinstall production problems to resolve the issue.  I will just take a snapshot of the VM in case of future problems.
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