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I've installed freeBSD 8.2 and now trying to get GUI working. I did install KDE and related packages from sysinstall.

On bootup, at shell prompt, when I do X or Xorg, screen goes blank and I cannot even get back to prompt.

How can I see what is going wrong? and how to fix it?

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press ctrlaltf1 to switch to the virtual console 1. thats where you launched your xserver.

see whats going wrong: check /var/log/X*.log

and normally you would launch a xsession from console via startx (and not with a pure X, which just launches the xserver and nothing else, not even a windowmanager).

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cool, thanks for responding. I will give this a try. – hari Aug 24 '11 at 6:48

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