Telinit 4 Hangs Machine
I have a Dell optiplex with slackware 10.2 (I built it in sept 2005).
I remember in the beginning I had problems with telinit 4. Only now I can't remember what the solution was.
Whenever I enter telinit 4 I get the message starting x11 server, but that's it - it just hangs there.
I have tried rebuilding xorg.conf with xorgconfig but that didn't help at all.
Usually it's runlevel 5 that starts X, not 4. Perhaps your init scripts are not correct? Or maybe something in /etc/inittab telling it to do something crazy with X. Why do you need to change runlevels anyway?
On Slack runlevel 4 or 5 shouldn't really matter.
Does startx still work?
Do you loose access to other consoles? (ctrl+alt+F2)
startx didn't work either.
What did eventually work this morning was the time old tradition that if you try enough times it will eventually work.
After several re-boots, logging in and out of user and root several times it suddenly decided (can machines make decisions?) to play ball and worked just fine.
I didn't have access to anything just the runlevel 3 and I confess I really don't know enough to work effectively from there.
As I said it had done this before some time ago.
Also it will never cold boot - on first start up it will always say no boot device found, yet on reset it finds linux.
Probably something simple that I screwed up somewhere.
Thank you for your suggestions.