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    Default Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Hey guys. I'm kinda new, though I've used Backtrack 4 before.

    I know that when you first boot up the live cd, you have to enter "startx". I had a laptop, and it used to work fine. But then I upgrade to an HP laptop, and when I enter "startx", it flashed to a black screen, then returns to the terminal, with this"



    Anyone have any idea what I can do? I apologize if I'm missing something blatantly obvious, haha. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Hello,
    what type of video card do you have on this HP machine?
    if you don't know, what is the machine model?

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    ...and of course you have already reviewed /var/log/Xorg.0.log, since the screen capture so blatantly tells you that it is recording information there.

    naturally you have already attempted to resolve any issues that it listed by troubleshooting and quite possibly using search engines to determine the appropriate steps to follow.

    because certainly you would have done that as well as attempted the many offered solutions to be found within these very forums before doing something as ridiculous as asking questions about such a well documented problem.

    of course you did. and we are proud of you. keep up the good work.
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    Angry Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by macphail View Post
    ...and of course you have already reviewed /var/log/Xorg.0.log, since the screen capture so blatantly tells you that it is recording information there.

    naturally you have already attempted to resolve any issues that it listed by troubleshooting and quite possibly using search engines to determine the appropriate steps to follow.

    because certainly you would have done that as well as attempted the many offered solutions to be found within these very forums before doing something as ridiculous as asking questions about such a well documented problem.

    of course you did. and we are proud of you. keep up the good work.
    I came here looking for the same info because i have NEVER used linux before and i just wanted to say what a complete **** YOU are.
    How about just removing your conceited pompous head from your **** and proffer up a bit of solid advice instead of demeaning sarcasm. Twats like you should **** if you cant be bothered to help someone.
    Prick.
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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Honestly we do not approve such language here, especially when @macphail is right.

    I came here looking for the same info because i have NEVER used linux before
    If you take a close look here: FAQ - BackTrack Linux you can see that we do not recommend BackTrack unless you have advanced linux skills.

    Also if you take a close look here: Forum Rules « BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution you can see something like this:

    Search for related previous postings, before creating a new thread. If you create a new thread asking something that has already been asked, don’t be surprised if the thread gets deleted without notice.
    http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...udio-15-a.html

    @macphail may have been too sarcastic, but still that does not give you the right to use such language, also pure_hate gave you a solution.
    Back|track giving machine guns to monkeys since 2007 !

    Do not read the Wiki, most your questions will not be answered there !
    Do not take a look at the: Forum Rules !

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    You need to manually edit xorg.conf and put correct values under HorizSync, VertRefresh, and modes, but since you`re new to linux i guess you are looking for simpler solution, so if i were you i`d go for "sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg" which is explained in the beginning of xorg.conf itself.
    If anything can go wrong, it will....

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by sickness View Post
    Honestly we do not approve such language here, especially when @macphail is right.



    If you take a close look here: FAQ - BackTrack Linux you can see that we do not recommend BackTrack unless you have advanced linux skills.

    Also if you take a close look here: Forum Rules « BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution you can see something like this:



    http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...udio-15-a.html

    @macphail may have been too sarcastic, but still that does not give you the right to use such language, also pure_hate gave you a solution.

    Sadly, you are operating from the assumption that users on here have some knowledge.
    Purehate's answer of "fix-vesa" is great if you know WHAT vesa is AND how to fix it.
    And, because i was launching from a USB drive and have NO idea how backtrack stores files, "2. Xorg -configure and then cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf" might as well have been written in Chinese.

    Its all well and good standing high and mighty pouring scorn on us Windows users whom are either migrating or just "playing" around with a new operating system.
    Its a difficult transistion and all he (and I) wanted was a bit of clear, understandable help. Not some facitious answer. Even the FAQs' arent that helpful for someone like me, it was only until i could get a working GUI that i could then start to unravel backtrack.
    All he (we) wanted was a bit of direction. Learning an OS properly takes years,even longer learning a new one as things dont work the way you are used to.
    If you cant contribute something helpful to a beginner, dont contribute at all and leave the path clear for those that can/will.

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Well if you would have just read the first link I gave you, you would have realized that BackTrack requires advanced Linux skills, and we are not here to teach you Linux nor are we here to see you insult other members. A quick search on the forum or Google would have given you an answer.

    The FAQ clearly states that if you have not used Linux before and are not familiar with it BackTrack is not the distribution for you, so I suggest you download Kubuntu/Ubuntu till you get familiar with Linux.
    Back|track giving machine guns to monkeys since 2007 !

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by cornz View Post
    Sadly, you are operating from the assumption that users on here have some knowledge.
    Ok, first and foremost; I apologize.

    Not for being sarcastic in my previous post; I stand by that.
    When some bottom-feeder who thinks that we live to change their diapers doesn't even bother to use the search button or to read the guidelines that they (blindly) clicked agreement to comes in here and clutters up the forums with asinine questions, they should (although never do) expect to be reminded that their head can be used as more than a hat rack. Nobody was called outside their name (at least by me) and nobody was subjected to insults or attacked in any way (again, at least not by me).

    My post may have been tongue-in-cheek, but it wasn't hostile in the least (unlike others). Further, once someone actually reads my post, they would see several troubleshooting steps outlined clearly that they could use in an attempt to resolve their issue.

    cornz, if it hurt your feelings...deal with it. Neither you nor the OP should post such ridiculous tripe on these boards and you especially should have damn well known better than to lash out with profanity.

    So, to the point; I apologize for being guilty of exactly what cornz accused us of; assuming that users on here have some knowledge.
    Pardon me, but I think I will continue to be guilty of that particular sin.

    To summate for cornz and anyone else that happens to read this before posting such ridiculous crap and wasting everybody's time;

    1. Nobody cares that you are a "Windows user". Stop acting like you are persecuted. We've all used it. If you want to start an OS holy war, go someplace else.

    2. This forum isn't for anyone that is "migrating or just playing around" with linux. If you want to learn linux, go someplace else.

    3. This forum isn't for learning what this thing called "penetration testing" is. If you want to learn penetration testing basics, go someplace else.

    4. If you can't understand instructions that are spelled out for you at a remedial level; go someplace else. Don't blame us; go study.


    cornz, there are those in the open source community that are trying very hard to make linux more "user friendly" in order to attract people just like you. I am not one of them.

    Brain surgery isn't taught at your local community college for a reason.

    That being said, if you have any more outbursts or drivel to throw around, I might suggest strongly that you contact me personally with a PM. I doubt that the mods will be as polite with a second offense.

    Stop crying and TRY HARDER.
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    Default Re: Backtrack 4, won't boot up into GUI mode, stuck at initial command terminal.

    You can try 2 things

    1. fix-vesa

    2. Xorg -configure and then cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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