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I installed Red-hat 5.3

problem is that it is not showing graphical interface. only kernel / command prompt is available.

I tried startx, then I got this msg

No video BIOS modes for chosen depth

also showing that

ERROR: Failed to start X server.

What should I do?

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It's telling you that it cannot setup your video card for the resolution you've chosen. I would try running system-config-display as root, and failing that, I would go to IRC (Freenode) and lookup #redhat, explain the problem and let them talk you through the resolution.

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I tried system-config-display ... Couldn't start X server with old config. Trying with fresh config...then it waits for some time and after that it shows.. Failed to start X server. – Chankey Pathak Mar 7 '10 at 16:12
Then head over to #redhat on freenode and talk to them, it's realtime and they're exceedingly helpful. – Richard June Mar 7 '10 at 16:27
Someone told me that Redhat doesn't work on Mercury's motherboards. Is it true? I have installed fedora 11 now and its working fine. – Chankey Pathak Mar 9 '10 at 14:28
No clue, I've never tried one of Mercury's motherboards. Nor have I heard of any problems, though that's hardly definative. If fedora works, I would be inclined to believe that RH/CentOS 5.4 would work. – Richard June Mar 9 '10 at 15:26
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The problem has been solved. Actually at the installation time it asks whether you want to install a basic server or want to include desktop and some other features. By default the BASIC SERVER option is marked and hence it doesn't include the graphical interface. I reinstalled with the Desktop option and it worked fine.

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