Linux won't Boot to GUI

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I've been using Mandrake Linux for a while now on my main computer without any problems. However, I tried to load it on one of my old machines that I have laying around (a 266 Mhz Pentium 2), and for some reason it loads by default into CLI (command line interface), and I don't know what command to use to enter GUI mode. How do I change this?
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startx?

xinit?

Are you sure loaded the 'X' environment? (Xfree86 or Xorg?)
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I think your right in thinking that I do not have the GUI installed. I used the startx command, at it would always try to launch something, but would always fail. So how would I go about installing the GUI post-installation? I still have the installation cd's, I'm just not sure how to get the GUI installed now. Thanks.
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If startx gives you an error message then it is most likely a problem with the configuration file, and you do have it installed. (Unless it's like failed to find program or something)

The exact error message would be most helpful here. Also it would be good to know what exactly your running X.org or XFree86 and which version.

To see whether either of those are installed you can go over to the main configuration directory /etc/X11/

There it should have a file either Xorg.conf or XFree86.conf. If that directory doesn't exist then you probably don't have it installed.

To double check you should do a quick search of the directory tree.

Good luck.
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ok, below is the exact message I get when I try to use the startx command. So based on the error message given, how can I fix this problem?
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Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority
Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority

execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
giving up.
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
  1. Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
  2. Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority
  3. Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
  4. Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority
  5. execve failed for /etc/X11/X (errno 2)
  6. giving up.
  7. xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
  8. xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

You may not have the right amount of memory for the GUI.
What is the version of Mandrake that you are useing??
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You know cyber_craft? I think you hit it right on the head. Even though this PC used to work just fine with Windows 98, I think maybe the newest version of Mandrake Linux is a little to much for it. Just to let you know, it has a 16 mb video card and 64 mb RAM. I tried to reinstall it, this time making sure that I instaled Xserver, and it still didn't work. That is why I think you were right. I actually got rid of it, and used a distro of linux called College Linux, and the GUI works. So I think I'll just use this distro instead, and I'll keep Mandrake for my main PC. Thanks for the help.
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No problem... I had the same problem with a gay AT computer i was working on i was trying to stick Mandrake 9.1 on it. But No GUI.

I really don't care for GUI. But i was Building this computer for a friend.
So i suck a copy of Red Hat on it and Downloaded a Driver for the video card.

Well Peace :D

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