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    [SOLVED] Booting in GUI

    Look, folks, i know this is really dumb.
    I had problems with my xorg.conf, and after some tinkering around and stuff i did a Ctrl-Alt-F2 on startup. Whoops. Now i boot in CLI, and the ridiculously absurd thing is that i don't know how to boot back in GUI. Oh boy, if there was a shamefaced smiley i'd use it...

    Help, Please? sorry for wastin y'alls time

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    What happens when you do Ctrl+Alt+F7 from the CLI?

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    Errm.. Nothing..? it shows me a blank screen with the blinking _ on top left.
    Also the Ctrl-Alt-F_ keys just change the line above the command line login as in F1 will be what@whatblah blah tty1 then below blahblah-laptop login:
    F2 tty2 and so on.

    I just need to know hoe to switch back from CLI to GUI.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Scientia; June 4th, 2008 at 06:17 PM.

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    I know some folks who would love to be able to boot to cli mode on Ubuntu.
    It could be your X server is still borked.
    List all your processes with
    Code:
    ps -A
    and see if Xserver or Xorg or Xsomething is running.
    If it is, you've got something weird going on.
    If not, then
    Code:
    gdm
    or
    Code:
    startx
    should either put you into a graphical mode until you get everything straightened out, or it will throw an error.
    If you get an error, your X is borked and you'll have to figure out what is wrong.
    I know there is a standard Ubuntu way to reset your Xorg.config, but my favorite is
    Code:
    X -configure
    which will automagically come up with an xorg config that will match your system, and give you instructions on how to test it.

    Let us know what you come up with...

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    What machine are you trying to boot, and which version of ubuntu? Also, how much on-board ram does it have? Is the hard drive original, or a replacement?

    Once we know that, we can get that xorg.conf tweaked properly.
    20" G5 iMac - AMD64 HP desktop
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    Re: Booting in GUI

    I used this- http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=818049 but instead edited the xorg.conf from the install cd. Then when i used ctrl-alt-f2 when booting, the thing started in CLI. I'm trying to boot a PowerPC iBook G3 700mhz, ATI Radeon Mobility 7500. RAM is 384MB, hard drive original. Worked perfectly before except for display brightness and Suspend probs which is why i tried editing xorg in the first place.
    Last edited by Scientia; June 5th, 2008 at 10:45 AM.

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    It could be your X server is still borked.
    List all your processes with
    Code:
    ps -A
    and see if Xserver or Xorg or Xsomething is running.
    If it is, you've got something weird going on.
    If not, then
    Code:
    gdm
    or
    Code:
    startx
    should either put you into a graphical mode until you get everything straightened out, or it will throw an error.
    If you get an error, your X is borked and you'll have to figure out what is wrong.

    I don't have any X's running. I did a startx and i got an error, my X IS borked.

    I did X -configure, followed the steps to test. I got a grey screen(black with lots of tiny white dots) with an X. Moving my mouse moves the X.
    How Now?
    Please help, in bad state.
    Last edited by Scientia; June 5th, 2008 at 02:55 PM.

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    Re: Booting in GUI

    I got it working with sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    Thanks people!!!

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