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I have installed the Debian "lenny" release on my machine. The GUI is not working in normal mode; to start it I have to go to single user mode and type:

gdm start

Why is this happening? Any ideas would be appreciated. Do you need any further information?

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I'm curious why you are using Lenny, instead of the newer Squeeze (Debian 6). – Tshepang May 1 '11 at 18:45
    
Yes, we need further information. E.g. what happens when you run "telinit 5" as root... – Turbo J May 1 '11 at 23:40
    
@Turbo J:If i run telinit 5 it says starting common printing system(cupsd) and nothing happening.It struck while starting cupsd. – blakcaps May 2 '11 at 0:18

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