Here's the dealio. I installed the Arch Linux 0.7 base using the ftp method. That seemed to go fine. Then after a reboot did the whole make root password and make new user account. Also went fine. Then using pacman -Sy I installed xorg (then ran the config tool with hopefully correct info) and gnome (with extras). When I type startx my pc just locks up. I can't ctrl+alt+backspace out of it. My num lock and caps lock lights won't turn on and off. All I can seem to do is hit the reset button on the pc.
I rebooted and tried installing gdm. The install went fine, but when I type gdm I get the same as if I typed startx. I'm I missing something that should be obvious? Maybe run the xorg config again? I've used all the values I would use for something like debian, but I think debian still uses xfree86.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
It sound like your xorg.xonf is set up wrong ... when you startx can you use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to console .....???
Do you see X on screen when you start X ... have you set up your video drivers ATI/Nvidia ??
I'll try the ctrl+alt+f1 thing first chance I get.
I do not see X on screen when I startx, it's a completely black screen. When going through the xorg configuration, I set it up to use the generic nvidia drivers untill I can get the official drivers set up.
It's entirely possible I made a config error. I will run through it again and try that ctrl+alt+f1 if the problem persists.
It's been awhile since I got a chance to mess around with Linux, but I tried running the xorgconfig again. The startx and gdm commands still seem to lock up the pc. ctrl+alt+f1 (or any other f keys) do nothing.
This time when starting up I noticed that the swap partition failed to initialize (I think that's what it said) so perhaps that's where the problem is. Or part of the problem at least.
I suppose I'm down to reinstalling and double checking all my options along the way to make sure I'm not missing something..
dmesg | grep swap
I do not think you will have to reinstall because X does not start....
try using hwd to get xorg set up.....
One or both of those worked. I did both so not really sure, but probably both were needed.