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Hi, I am using Fedore core Linux on Inspiron 5160 that has Nividia 64 MB Geoforce card. It was working fine till I used it for a presentation where I ...
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    cannot start X server error


    Hi,
    I am using Fedore core Linux on Inspiron 5160 that has Nividia 64 MB Geoforce card. It was working fine till I used it for a presentation where I connected it to external projector.

    Afterwards, when I restarted that system, Its rebooting successfully but before asking login information, its showing message as follows,

    cannot start X server. it must not have set correctly.

    Fatal server error.

    disabling X server. restart GDM when it is configured properly
    .


    its not showing the graphical interface and going to the command prompt.

    I tried to install fedora and checked it. but still its not displaying the graphical interface.
    I cannot format the system as it has important files.

    Is there anyway I can set the display back to graphical interface.

    can anyone please help me..its really important for me to get this thing done.

    ThanQ.

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    Well post here your
    Code:
    /var/log/XFree86.0.log or /var/log/Xorg.log
    and see in it what errors it has
    Q: what\'s tiny and yellow and very, very, dangerous?
    A: a canary with the super-user password.

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    I had the same problem: the nvida devices in the /dev directory aren't permanent because FC3 uses the dynamic udev system.
    I fixed it by copying the nvidia devices in the /dev directory to /etc/udev/devices

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    how can I identify nvidia drivers in that directory...there are sooo many files.


    That log file is a very big file containing many hexadecimal characters....
    how do I paste all that here.


    plzz help me.

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    Re: cannot start X server error

    Quote Originally Posted by khris
    Hi,
    I cannot format the system as it has important files.
    ThanQ.
    Mmm
    It's NOT a good solution but if u got a separate partition for ur /home (and u got it of course )
    Move ur important stuff in here then reinstall without formatting this partition so u must know the /dev/hdxx where this partition here (so that u dont format the bad partition (ie ur /home))
    But that's not really A solution do this when hope totally disappear

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    ThanQ for ur reply sourcemaze. I will try other ways first and wil have this as my last option.

    am not getting wat to do .....noway is working for me till now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khris
    how can I identify nvidia drivers in that directory...there are sooo many files.
    That log file is a very big file containing many hexadecimal characters....
    how do I paste all that here.
    plzz help me.
    First be sure to do
    Code:
    modprobe nvidia
    in runlevel 3.

    Now you should have some nvida files in /dev.
    To copy them to udev:

    Code:
    cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
    If this still doesn't work, disable rhgb at boot time.

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