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Hi all, I'm fairly new to linux and I've just completed the install of Slackware v11 on my old IBM Thinkpad A21m. Once completed I tried 'startkde' to launch KDE ...
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    Unhappy Thinkpad a21m - Cannot Start KDE


    Hi all,

    I'm fairly new to linux and I've just completed the install of Slackware v11 on my old IBM Thinkpad A21m. Once completed I tried 'startkde' to launch KDE but I got the following errors:


    Anyhow, I've read other threads saying that xserver isn't running but I'm sorta clueless as to where I go from here. I do believe that I've completed xorgconfig properly but it might help if anybody with an a21m could post from their config file. Other than that... I'm all ears!!

    Thanks in advance!

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    You can't run KDE without an X server, edit ~/.xinitrc and add this

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    exec startkde
    then startx
    You can also try starting KDE using kdm or change to init 5
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    You can't run KDE without an X server, edit ~/.xinitrc and add this

    exec startkde

    ps: Don't start X as root!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Pablo
    You can't run KDE without an X server, edit ~/.xinitrc and add this

    Code:
    exec startkde
    then startx
    You can also try starting KDE using kdm or change to init 5

    How do I go about editing ~/.xinitrc? Where does this config file reside?

    Thanks

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    DOn't start X as root

    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Pablo
    You can't run KDE without an X server, edit ~/.xinitrc and add this

    exec startkde

    ps: Don't start X as root!

    I'm not certain how to set up a new user account so as not to start X as root....

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    How do I go about editing ~/.xinitrc? Where does this config file reside?
    In your home directory. ~/ is the same as /home/username. Use the 'vim' editor to edit the file. If you are not familiar with vim be sure to read a tutorial first and save any files before you edit them just in case you mess it up (cp file file.bak.

    I'm not certain how to set up a new user account so as not to start X as root.
    At the command line type adduser and answer the questions.

    Try running startx as the new user.
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    Have you checked here first?

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for all your help. I've got x runnin like a charm! All your input was very well received and I look forward to using and contributing to these forums in the future. In fact... I'm having a little difficulty in connecting to an AP with my wireless card (using MadWifi modules which work fine), can scan and see all AP's but not able to connect yet.... but that's another story (or thread actually).

    Thanks again,

    Johny-D

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