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  1. #1
    nfallon
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    text based

    I just installed Debian to test it out. It installed everything then it gave me a login prompt. Is Debian all text based? I told it to install Gnome but can't figure out how to bring up the GUI.

    Neil

  2. #2
    Spot
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    Re: text based

    If everything gnome installed ok, and you've configured it for your machine, it should be as simple as...

    startx

    If not, check with apt-get, I don't recall the exact command, something along the lines of

    aptget -get missing gnome

    or something like that.

  3. #3
    nfallon
    Guest

    Re: text based

    If everything gnome installed ok, and you've configured it for your machine, it should be as simple as...

    startx

    If not, check with apt-get, I don't recall the exact command, something along the lines of

    aptget -get missing gnome

    or something like that.
    Hi Spot,

    That didn't work. For some reason it has me logging into a bash shell. I'll try re-installing it.

    Neil


  4. #4

    Re: text based

    Try editing the /etc/inittab file.
    this is the file that manages all the runlevels in linux.
    Change the number from 3 (multi User) to 5 (X) and reboot
    If this stuffs the sustem up, type in "linux 1" or "linux 3" at lilo and change the value back to 3

    Alastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  5. #5
    Spot
    Guest

    Re: text based

    For some reason it has me logging into a bash shell. I'll try re-installing it.
    It's logging you into a shell for one or both of the following reasons:
    1. You didn't set the default runlevel to log you into a gui (runlevel 5).
    2. You didn't configure a gui and/or XFree86.

    Reinstallation shouldn't be necessary (bite me Aragorn :P). Did you run the x-configuration tool to setup the gui/XFree86? The command should be in the neighborhood of:
    XFree86conf
    or
    XFree86config
    (can't recall the exact script, see the docs) or edit the config files manually in /etc/X11. No gui will run until that's done.

    Debian *will not* hold your hand like Suse, Mandrake, and Redhat will during installation. You're pretty much on your own as far as installing packages and configuration goes. It's a bit tougher, yes, but you'll learn a HELL of a lot more in the process.

  6. #6
    JimH
    Guest

    Re: text based

    Try editing the /etc/inittab file.
    this is the file that manages all the runlevels in linux.
    Change the number from 3 (multi User) to 5 (X) and reboot
    If this stuffs the sustem up, type in "linux 1" or "linux 3" at lilo and change the value back to 3

    Alastair
    RUNLEVEL 5!! Using runlevel 5 is sacrilege for us "old-time" Linux users. :P :

    Jim H

  7. #7
    Aaron_Adams
    Guest

    Re: text based

    ^^^

    I'm not an "old-time" user, but damn straight. ;D

  8. #8

    Re: text based


    RUNLEVEL 5!! Using runlevel 5 is sacrilege for us "old-time" Linux users. :P :

    Jim H
    well _SOOOOOOOOOOOOORY_

    ..... :P
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  9. #9
    Semp
    Guest

    Re:text based

    You need to configure XFree I think. I think the command in Debian (or XFree for that matter) is "xf86config" or something along those lines. Good luck with Debian!

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