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Where is the Red Hat GUI?

By galahad04 ·
I tried installing Red Hat Linux 7.0 from a CD, but there were some aspects of the installation that really confused me.

For example, when first installing using the CD as a boot CD, I am asked whether I want a text-based or graphical installation. The text-based installation appears to work fine. However what's interesting is that when I choose graphical install, for some reason, the text-based install is launched instead of any graphical/GUI install menu screens.

The most frustrating aspect is that after completing the text-based install, Linux boots up with no problems, but I am put into a text-based login screen and OS environment with no GUI. Also, I have not been able to find a way to launch either the gnome or kde GUI interfaces from here even though I did choose to install them. How do you get to GUI? I thought Red Hat used a GUI interface, so why is Linux booting to a noninteractive command prompt?

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

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by Lintadsl In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

Make sure your graphic card is supported from Redhat hard ware compability web-page.
http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/

Try put another graphic card in your box and try to install. It sounds like your graphic card is not support from default drivers in setup CD. Of course, you need to install X-windows in order to get GUI.

Hope this helps.

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by Lintadsl In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

To start X-windows, type startx in command windows. This will give you GUI.

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

Actually the startx command was what I was looking for. Thanks for trying to help though.

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

Lintadsl -- is there a command that I can type in at the command prompt to start X-Windows, and if so, what would that be? I have already installed all of the stuff from the Red Hat CD so I am not sure why X-Windows would not be already installed.

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by rossiter In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

The fact that RedHat won't do a graphical installation means it simply can't probe your graphics card and/or your monitor.

When your PC boots to the command prompt, it's doing exactly what you told it to do during install, which is boot to (probably) runlevel 3 which is multi-user w/networking enabled.

During your install did you tell the system to boot to a graphical interface??? (runlevel 5) There is an option to check to have the system boot to a GUI during X configuration.

Anyway, once you get to the command prompt, simply login (you should have set up at least one other user other than root during install), and type "startx" without the quotes to start XWindows and get to the GUI side of Linux....

HTH,
Eric

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

Eric -- in response to your question about if during the installation I told the system to boot to a graphical interface: I actually had to configure X-Windows retroactively after installing the Red Hat OS. The reason was because I installed Linux using VMWare running on top of a Windows XP Pro host. In the VMWare install directions, users are specified to skip the configuration of X-Windows during the initial installation and to instead configure the settings via using the Linux VMWare Tools.

You also mention "There is an option to check to have the system boot to a GUI during X configuration." Is it possible to reconfigure this option with Red Hat already installed, so that the system automatically boots into XWindows instead ofthe command prompt?

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by galahad04 In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

**** Lintadsl -- oops sorry, I think I pressed the "Reject" button at the same time you were writing back with your comment about startx. (When I started to rate the question the comment was not there at that time -- if I had seen it I would not have given the "Reject" rating.)

If you start a new blank post to this question, I would be more than happy to give you your share of the points...again sorry for the confusion.

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by Lintadsl In reply to Where is the Red Hat GUI?

Don't worry about it. I don't really care whether I get a points or not. As long as I can help some one, I will be happy with it.

Have a nice day and enjoy linux.

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