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Installed and can't get X window etc

Installed and can't get X window etc

Installed and can't get X window etc

I have installed Linux on my Old Compaq PC on a 1GB partition and all seems to be working fine..!!. However I am having trouble starting the X server to get open windows etc on my screen. I just can't do with command line stuff. I have used the checklists and followed the procedure step by step to get the x server working. And all it comes back with is "This is not a binary file" Am I doing something stupid.

PS I am a complete beginner to Linux and last used Unix 5 years

RE: Installed and can't get X window etc

Most linux distributions come with Xconfigurator or X86config, etc. These are automated scripts that can help a lot. Also Redhat 5.2 autodetects very well. :)

RE: Installed and can't get X window etc

Thanks "Festus" I have tried Xconfigurator and X86config and they both come back with the same problem. Is Red Hat a version and is it downloadable. (Excuse the newbie)

RE: Installed and can't get X window etc

Red Hat is a distribution. are you attempting to start x with 'startx' ?

How did you try to install linux? I would suggest using a distribution like Linux, SUSe, Debian, Slackware LinuxPro, Caldera Mandrake ...etc. etc. (Note: no preference or endorsement for the list above)

RE: Installed and can't get X window etc

I am also new to Linux and had a simular issue.

For me I put in a more generic video card and used minimal/generic configuarions for Video and Monitor. That got me running. For most Compaq's the Video card is built in so try using the most generic/minimal configurations to get started.

When I learn more I'm sure I'll be able to configure the fancy accelerated video card.

RE: Installed and can't get X window etc

At last I got it working, using a mono monitor setting and resolution of 640 X 480. At least I know now it can be done, however 1024 X 768 would be great. I will probably give it a go and change video card. I can get an S3 setting working, but my monitor won't take the resolution setting.
Thanks for all the tips chaps

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