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    "Failed to start the X server" error


    Ok, i just installed the SUSE Linux 10.0 Gnome version and when i boot up my computer i get an error message that says "Failed to start the X server" then asks my to view a file to try and find the problem. I am very new to linux and have no idea what to do, i read about logging in and typing "/var/log/Xorg.O.log" and it just said permission denied. What do i do??

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    forum.guy
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    You'll have to "su" to root to read that file. Sounds like your x-server isn't configured properly (file is at: /etc/X11/xorg.conf). You'll have to "su" to root to edit it, or if you want to run "xorgconfig".

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    how do i "su" to root? sorry, i am really new to this.

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    forum.guy
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    Go to a terminal, and enter "su". It will ask for your root password. Enter it and you'll be able view the log file in a text editor such as nano, or vim, or you can use it to make changes to your xorg.conf file.

    I don't run Suse, but I think there might be a "rescue or repair" option on the install CD that you could use to fix your system. Maybe another Suse user will post something more here if there is that option.

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