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    How to start GUI in Slackware 9.1?


    I recently installed Slackware 9.1 on my computer with 32mb ram, processor=133Mhz. It worked but I cant start the GUI. It only has a dos kind of screen. I am new to Linux so please be gentle with words. I am happy to answer any new questions. Thanks in advance.

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    32MB RAM is not enough for GUI. Try executing startx command.
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    Are you sure, because the minimum requirements of slackware 9.1 is 16mb ram. As you can see, I have double the requirements. I have tries startx and it doen't work. Could you please tell me the command to open the setup of the slackware, what I mean is like the command equivalent of 'deliinstall' from deli linux.

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    Here's a link showing some system requirements, but I'm not sure what version they are talking about:

    System Requirements

    Check the rest of that online book for lots good information on getting your Slackware install up and running.

    To delete Slack, you can simply install another distro right over it, or format, or delete the partitions.

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    Have you done xconfig ? You'll need to execute this before startx will work...

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    Linux Engineer Freston's Avatar
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    # Not familiar with 9.1

    Most people use the startx command, but I rather (as root) run telinit 4

    Some questions:
    When you did startx, was there an error message?
    Did you run it as user or as root?

    Have you set a default GUI during install (or rather, did you get that option)?

    Which GUI do you want to run??
    Can't tell an OS by it's GUI

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    I have tried xconfig and it doesnt work.

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    Here's the X Configuration section from the SlackBook I posted above.

    Try it using that and let us know how it goes.

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    I tried the commands given on the page but it simply doesn't work. I think it's because if u have a look at the top of the page, it says "from slackware ten onwards." I also tried the telinit 4. It said ::::

    ""starting X11......You do not have KDM, GDM or XDM installed....

    I want to use a lightweight window manager...maybe Fluxbox???

    REMINDER: I am using Slackware 9.1 and am extremely new to linux.
    Also, I didn't get any option about a GUI. Do you think I should re-install it?

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    Linux Newbie stinkoman's Avatar
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    yeah seems like the disk didnt have any GUI on it, try downloading a newer version (unless youre set on 9.1 then just download a gui for it) that makes sense logically, but i dont have much experience
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