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11-13-01, 09:24 PM
Ok, I have the RedHat 7 installed on my D drive.
During the installation the configuration for the display settings didn't take, I guess that is because the Annihilator 2mx's drivers aren't on the installation disk.
When I boot into the RH I get to the "login" and "password" prompt. I enter the user and password and I get this ---
Where's the GUI?
What do I do next?
11-13-01, 09:34 PM
11-13-01, 10:22 PM
if u want it to boot straight into the gui, you have to go and change a setting, think its under the command 'linuxconf' somewhere. anyways, your booting in 3, you want 5.
sorry i cant give more details. if i go by my linux box, ill post again.
Ya, change your runlevel from 3 to 5.
11-14-01, 10:48 AM
Well isn't that special?
I'll try the "startx". Then where do I find the area to adjust the 3 to 5?
Also, where's a good site for learning this Linux stuff?
Like how to install drivers for video and a NIC?
11-14-01, 11:28 AM
It's better to log in at the "naked" Command Line prompt. While typing "startx" and hitting "Enter" is a bit of a pain, automatically starting the GUI isn't a good idea. You'll find out why.
The GUI in Linux is called XFree86. Version 4.1 is the newest (I think). If your computer boots into a GUI then login etc. If it doesn;t type startx and watch carefully. If it works then you are OK, if it doesn't, then post back here and describe the error message. (Check out /var/log/XFree86.log or something like that).
In linux there are what are called runlevels . On my SuSE box (which will probably be similar to RedHat) runlevels are as follows:
S is single user, no frills
2 is multi-user w/ network
5 is GUI
0 is shutdown/halt
6 is reboot
To switch runlevel type init <runlevel> and then it will chang. You need to be root, though, so type su and enter the root password, or logout and then login as root. Type init 5 and hope that the GUI works.
You have an MX? Can be tricky. I think you need XFree86 4.1 to use it, but I have a copy of the drivers if you want them?
11-14-01, 12:52 PM
i have an mx and driver installation wouldnt have been such a pain if i hadnt f'd it up to begin with.
But you'll need to goto Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com) and download the drivers.
The kernel drivers and the GLX ones.
run the rpms then goto your XF86Config-4 file /etc/X11 this was where mine was.
open it with a text editor.
look thru till you find a "nv" reference.
change that to "nvidia", all lower case ( thats where i screwed up)
then look for the "load" reference like this.
# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
and add Load "glx"
and you should be golden from there.
Just read the readme for the nvidia drivers, its all there.
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