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I can't get into Ubuntu desktop, only tty1-6. How do I make it boot to Ubuntu desktop?

I did try ctrl-alt-F7

Version: Ubuntu 11.10 (the only os installed)

Very old PC:


Intel Inside Pentium 4

20gb hard drive

No internet

Please Explain Step By Step, Thanks!

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What happens when you type "startx" in the virtual terminal? – zookalicious Apr 4 '12 at 17:39
Unable to locate package startx – imbored Apr 4 '12 at 17:48
You don't have to do anything; it comes up by default. – psusi Apr 4 '12 at 19:27
up vote 3 down vote accepted

It sounds like you may have installed from the Ubuntu Server installation media, especially since it states that it's unable to locate the package. A GUI isn't installed by default with the server edition of Ubuntu. This is the link to the 32-bit Alternate Install ISO for the Desktop edition, which is what would be appropriate for your Pentium 4 based system. (I linked to the Alternate ISO since I believe the Live installer needs more than 512MB of RAM to install, you didn't state how much RAM was in the system, just playing it safe).

Also, if you had a way to connect that machine to the internet, you could install the Ubuntu Desktop with the command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop.

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Silly little error, thanks it work! – imbored Apr 4 '12 at 22:11
I'll vote you up after 15 reputation. Lol, thanks again. – imbored Apr 4 '12 at 22:17

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