Mandrake won't start!!

By Fa1liure
Mar 19, 2002
  1. I intalled mandrake linux 8.1 on my old computer, everything installed right, and I rebooted.
    I am taken to the startup screen, then I am taken to the login screen, with a dos-like picture of a penguin. within 4 secs. the screen goes black and all I see is a mouse cursor. and nothing happends.

    anyone can help me on this?

    the computer its installed on is

    AMD K6 400
    Compaq-made mobo
    ATI Radeon 32mb pci
    220mb of ram
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Anything else we might need to know ?

    Is Linux the only OS running on it ? Any Dual Boot with Win98/2K/XP ?
  3. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    When the screen goes blank, did it go into X windows or did it stay in the DOS like screen?
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I think it's attempting to go into X Graphical mode but something keeps hanging. When you install it, after configuring X, it asks you if you want to launch the X server automatically, is there a way to stop it from doing so. Even when you press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE, it goes back to the BASH prompt & then restarts the X server again.
  5. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 672

    In the case that you're stucked in starting X, try pressing:

    ALT Fx

    That should kick you to the next terminal screen available. If that doesn't work try:


    Can't remember exactly which one is the combo. Where x can be from 2-6.

    Once you're successful, you can either:

    1. Edit the /etc/inittab file and make the default runlevel to 3 so that it'll boot to the text mode

    2. Run xf86config (there should be a better config tool now I think) and reconfigure X again.

    Hope that helps.
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