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    Default I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    Hi all, been a very long time since I have been on here!! Anyway my HD went down a few days ago, so I bought a new one and thought I would download Opensuse 12.2 to go with a fresh install of Windows 7. I installed windows first and then installed Linux, however I am unable to boot into the Linux desktop? All I get is a consol window(the install had completed). It has been years since I have used consol and for the life of me I cant remember any commands. Any ideas on whats happening or how I can boot up the desktop screen?

    John

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    dd NNTP User

    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    On 01/07/2013 02:46 PM, MW0DBB wrote:
    > Any ideas on whats happening
    > or how I can boot up the desktop screen?


    welcome back, but no error messages during install??

    did you check the downloaded iso with md5 sum before you burned the
    disk? and then did you, boot from the disk and have it self test itself
    (select "Check Installation Media" and NOT "Installation" **first**?

    did you read and follow any of the other great hints found or linked
    from the download page?? (like: http://en.opensuse.org/SDBownload_help
    or http://doc.opensuse.org/products/ope...nsuse-startup/ ??)

    just saying you installed and boot to a console gives us so very little
    direction in helping you solve your problem..

    hardware??
    video??
    etc etc etc

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    dd http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    The installation went all ok, I even selected manual configuration so I could check my settings. There was no error messages during install however it did hang for a good 20 mins when detecting previous installs of Linux. I have had problems before when booting into linux on old versions as I have had graphis conflicts? The card I'm using is a ATI 4890.

    John

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    This is what I get if I do startx.

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    Sorry it's the only way I can get the picture up.

    John

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    That's by design. You cannot start X11 as normal user by default. Try as root (not recommending to work as root but just to test whether X starts).

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    I do not think a normal user has permission to use startx under openSUSE. What desktop environment or package set did you try to install? Did you try using a display manager like xdm/lightdm?

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    dd NNTP User

    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    On 01/07/2013 05:46 PM, MW0DBB wrote:
    > This is what I get if I do startx.


    so, linux is not a dead operating system....nor one controlled by huge
    corporations moving at a snails pace (but a HIGH profit snails pace)..

    that is, things have changed...lots and lots of the stuff you remember
    from last decades Linux (or SUSE) don't work like you expect..

    pick up a new 'thinking cap' and do lots of reading (the other two are
    right--startx doesn't work like it used to...forget it! trouble is, i'm
    still running 11.4 Evergreen because i've gone to the trouble or TIME to
    understand all that has changed in the 12 series, but these terms are
    *important*: systemd and grub2)

    you might TRY working through the instructions for a "black screen"
    here: http://tinyurl.com/23mgej6
    or video driver selection, here: http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m

    but *pay attention* to the others here because those two references
    might only help me (in an 11 series version) and not you...

    and, read my sig caveat prior to trying anything i dribble..

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    dd http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    I installed kde which is what I normally go for!

    When I did su, I was able to go into the desktop with startx but it looked like the graphics driver was not installed?

    John

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    On 2013-01-07 19:26, MW0DBB wrote:
    >
    > I installed kde which is what I normally go for!
    >
    > When I did su, I was able to go into the desktop with startx but it
    > looked like the graphics driver was not installed?


    That sentence is not clear to me.

    Do yo login in text mode as user, then type "su", then "startx"?

    Two errors. One, do not use "su", use "su -".
    Two, instead login as root directly while in text mode.

    Or, use startx as user by changing what is documented in the permissions
    file.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 "Celadon" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: I can's boot into Linux Desktop???

    I have to use su to be able to use startx. Nothing seems to work otherwise. How can I get it to go directly into desktop instead of text mode?

    John

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