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CentOS Server GUI startx and pcmcia ethernet card

K. Tsang
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Hello all. I have installed CentOS Server GUI mode and noticed something weird. When I finish installation, the first reboot allows me to start the GUI with the command "startx". Then if I poweroff then restart computer, once I login and issue startx, I just get a black screen! Meaning the GUI can't start up properly or something. By the way I'm using a old IBM laptop (P3 800Mhz 256M RAM).
What could have prevent me to start GUI mode in my subsequent reboot? Any ideas?

While I'm at it, in server mode how to install a pcmcia card? I have try the "pccardtcl info" command and the computer recognize that I have a Buffalo card in the slot. So it's not the driver problem. I asked this because I have can't an IP address for my ethernet card, only the loopback address.


Replies would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Tim Holloway
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When you get the black screen, try ALT+SHIFT+F1 or F2 (or anything below about F6). With luck, that will give you a text-mode login screen where you can login and look at the /var/log/xorg file and see if it has any complaints.

I think these days, the pcmcia cards are managed via the hotswap facility, but I'm out of practice. Your biggest problem there is poor driver support - you might have to use the NDIS wrapper with its Windows driver.


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K. Tsang
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Thanks Tim, I got the GUI working as expected now. After I played with my arsenal of ethernet pcmcia cards at home, I think I found one that works. At least linux say so.
 
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