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If you are having trouble getting X (the X Window System) to start, you may not have installed it during your installation.
If you want X, you can either install the packages from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD-ROMs or perform an upgrade.
If you elect to upgrade, select the X Window System packages, and choose GNOME, KDE, or both, during the upgrade package selection process.
If you have installed the X Window System and would like to log in to your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system using a graphical login manager, enable the X Display Manager Control Protocol (XDMCP). This protocol allows users to remotely log in to a desktop environment from any X Window System compatible client (such as a network-connected workstation or X terminal). To enable remote login using XDMCP, edit the following line in the /etc/X11/gdm/gdm-config file on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux system with a text editor such as vi or nano:
Edit the line to read Enable=true, save the file, and exit the text editor. Switch to runlevel 5 to start the X server:
From the client machine, start remote X session using X. For example:
X :1 -query s390vm.example.com
The command connects to the remote X server via XDMCP (replace
s390vm.example.com with the hostname of the
remote X server) and displays the remote graphical login screen on display
:1 of the client system (usually accessible by using
You may also access remote desktop sessions using a nested X server, which opens the remote desktop as a window in your current X session. Xnest allows users to open a remote desktop nested within their local X session. For example, run Xnest using the following command, replacing s390vm.example.com with the hostname of the remote X server:
Xnest :1 -query s390vm.example.com
If you did not create a user account in the Setup Agent, log in as root and use the password you assigned to root.
If you cannot remember your root password, boot your system as linux single.
Once you have booted into single user mode and have access to the # prompt, you must type passwd root, which allows you to enter a new password for root. At this point you can type shutdown -r now to reboot the system with the new root password.
If you cannot remember your user account password, you must become root. To become root, type su - and enter your root password when prompted. Then, type passwd <username>. This allows you to enter a new password for the specified user account.
If the graphical login screen does not appear, check your hardware for compatibility issues. The Hardware Compatibility List can be found at:
If you are not sure how to set up your printer or are having trouble getting it to work properly, try using the Printer Configuration Tool.
Type the redhat-config-printer command at a shell prompt to launch the Printer Configuration Tool. If you are not root, it prompts you for the root password to continue.