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Sorry if this has been posted before; I've looked at a few FAQs and walkthroughs, and some had similiar problems, but none seemed to fix my particular problem. I am ...
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    Can't get into GUI


    Sorry if this has been posted before; I've looked at a few FAQs and walkthroughs, and some had similiar problems, but none seemed to fix my particular problem. I am a total and complete Linux noob BTW, so please go easy on me.

    I was told that Mandrake will boot up into the GUI automatically for you, but for me it just gets the the prompt asking for my login and password. Once I type that in, it stays at the prompt. I typed "startx" to try and get into it, but it gave me this error:

    execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
    giving up.
    xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
    I'm not really sure what this means...any help with fixing this would be greatly appreciated.

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    can you post the output of this
    Code:
    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    you have to be root for this btw.

    Can you also give us the mandrake version,
    your computer Hardware (video card)
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    Thanks for the response.

    I typed that in exactly but got a "No such file or directory"...

    I'm not too sure about the videocard...as this is an old laptop that was recently given to me. It's an old Gateway Solo and it probably around 4+ years old; so I can only assume that it has something like an ATI Rage...besides that it's a PIII 450 w/ 96 megs of ram.

    Mandrake version 10.1.

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    hmmm... thats the exact error you get, or you have a super big message? If so, can you post the exact error message that would help us greatly...
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    Here's exactly what happens:
    [root@localhost root]# cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    cat: /var/log/Xorg.0.log: No such file or directory

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    sorry.. my bad, they error you get when trying to
    Code:
    startx
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    Oh ok. In that case it's exactly what's in my first post:

    root@localhost root]# startx

    execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
    giving up.
    xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
    [root@localhost root]#

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    Try to run
    Code:
    Xconfigurator
    I've reed that it my be caused by a broken link of X either bad instal/uninstalled.. name it...
    This should redetect your config and re-install the needed package in case it didnt do it properly the first time

    Hope this helps
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    Still no-go. Am I missing something here?
    [blake@localhost blake]$ Xconfigurator
    -bash: Xconfigurator: command not found
    Thanks for your help so far though.

    edit: I also tried it with root but still get the same error.

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    running out of idea myself... try
    Code:
    xfree86
    its kinda the same thing...
    I could also suggest a re-install... but that's an option I dont like specially on linux.. there a way to fix everything
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