[clug] Startup problem

Steve sunpower at pobox.com
Sun Apr 11 01:54:16 GMT 2004

Dear All,

Thanks very much for the help.

Ctrl Alt F1/F2 had no effect I'm afraid and I was not able to get into 
single user mode.  So I got a bit radiacal and forced a startup error by 
pulling out the RAID card. I then logged in as root.

I looked for gdm as suggested below.  I found gdm.conf in /etc/X11/gdm/ 
and set debug to true and turned of the starting of X11 by the judicious 
use of a #.  This got me into text mode at next reboot, with the RAID 
card back in. Fortunately all is well and I am now doing a backup of 
data before I try to find out why Xconfigurator still is unable to 
configure a graphical screen.

Thanks very much for all your help; my heart rate has returned to normal 
and my stomach is now back where it should be.  Though I do keep my data 
backed up it changes frequently and though it was only 2 days since last 
I did a backup it would have meant a lot of work to get things back to 

Thanks again and I shall keep you informed when I solve the problem.

Steve Lundqvist

Pietro Abate wrote:

>try to boot in single user mode, disable gdm (or kdm) and have a look at
>the Xserver log files. if 'startx' works from console, gdm should work
>fine as well... To disable gdm is usually enough to put exit 1 in the
>gdm startup script in /etc/init.d/gdm (I don't remember if this is the
>default rh location ... but look for something similar...)
>On Sun, Apr 11, 2004 at 10:26:20AM +1000, Steve wrote:
>>How might I get to a text login so that I might get at the startup 
>>files.  I am not sure which files I should be looking for or where they 
>>are (rc? files I guess).

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