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Oct 29, 2010

Before to describe my problem I want to say that I searched a lot on the internet and I think I tried all the solutions provided by other users to similar problems.

I've got an IBM xSeries 346 server running CentOS 5.5 with all updates applied with yum.

The video card is an ATI Radeon (lspci says: 01:06.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV100 QY [Radeon 7000/VE]).

Everything worked fine until a bad day where there was an environmental power failure and the server crashed.

I turned it on, I manually check the file system, some files went lost and after the reboot the X server didn't start.

After the first boot I had problem with /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit, sbin/multipath.static and /dev/cpu/microcode, I solved them and now the message it shows is:

"Failed to start the X server (your graphical interface) It is likely that it is not set up correctly. Would you like to view the X server output to diagnose the problem?"

I choose OK and it appears an empty log, if I go in /var/log/gdm and I do an ls -al:

total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Oct 28 04:44 :0.log.4
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Oct 28 04:44 :0.log.3
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Oct 29 04:52 :0.log.2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Oct 29 04:52 :0.log.1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Oct 29 04:52 :0.log

So a lot of empty log files.

I press enter on the OK that appears at the bottom of the screen and it says: Would you like to try to configure the X server?

I choose Yes, I enter the root password and appears the following messages:

Couldn't start X server on card 0
Couldn't start X server with old config, trying with a fresh configuration

Then another messages:

Trying to restart the X server, I press enter on OK and it loops the initial message ("Failed to start the X server...)

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