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Re: [vox-tech] x-windows problem?
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Re: [vox-tech] x-windows problem?

Holy frijoles!  I had this same exact problem just last month: screen
behaving as if it was switching on and off every second or so...

I got my putty colored box set up to boot directly into runlevel 5 (I
Anyhow... I did the "linux 1" at the lilo prompt in order to get a command
prompt.  That worked to get me back in as root.

Then, in trying to diagnose the problem, a random memory from way back at
one of last falls LUGOD meetings collided with a still functioning and as
yet, undamaged brain cell, and I thought "Ya know, I wonder if my disk is
full?"  'cuz I haven't done anything with my log files in several

So I typed "df" and discovered that my "/" partition had zero free
megabytes.  The "df" output indicated "100% use" on "/".
Now, I have pack-rat tendencies, so I immediately reevaluated why I was
holding onto about 20 megs worth of tarball downloads and decided they had
to go!
So, after "rm"ing them into bit heaven... I had 99% use on "/" and...
*VOILA* my system would suddenly boot into graphic mode again.
Your mileage may indeed vary... and on a further note, I still haven't
fixed my overflowing log file problem 'cuz I have yet to learn how to make
this Travan tape drive work with Linux. :)  Any clues for the clueless
would be greatly appreciated.

> If you use LILO in text mode (you see "LILO: " prompt), type "linux 1"
> to
> boot into text mode.  If you use LILO in graphics mode, you press some
> -Mark

> On Tue, 5 Feb 2002 kaiharris@ucdavis.edu wrote:
> >
> > Help!!!
> > I'm having problems logging into my computer.  I shut it down to install
> > more RAM and then rebooted.  Comp boots all the way to the text login, but
> > I dont have a chance to loging here because it is set to log straight into
> > x-windows first and then give a graphical login window. when it tries to
> > boot into x-windows, nothing shows up on the monitor.  The monitor seems
> > as though it is turning on and off...or trying to switch resolutions.
> > When I ctrl-alt-del to restart, the boot-down procedure couldn't shutdown
> > the x-font system.  the error message read:
> > shutting down x-font system       [failed]
> > so, I shutdown and took out the RAM I had just installed and booted back
> > up.  The same thing happened again.
> > Apart from the obvious issue of how can I boot back into KDE, I'm not sure
> > how to stop the boot procedure from trying to load x-windows on startup.
> > Then at least i could log onto the computer.
> > I know this probably sounds very vague, but I dont know what more
> > information I can give.  does anybody have any idea what might be going
> > on?  I would prefer not to have to reinstall!
> > thanks
> > Kai

Ed Glass	   cathair@yolo.com 

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