Weird GNOME problem: INIT: Id respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

by on July 5, 2006 · 7 comments· LAST UPDATED July 5, 2006

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Yesterday I messed up badly with GNOME configuration. My R & D result into an error on the first console that read as follows:

INIT: Id respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes


GNOME was broken badly. Screen was just flicked several times. To fix this problem:

a) Reboot Fedora Core Linux box

b) Boot into single user mode (or text mode i.e. mode init 3 will also do the job,IMPO)

c) Type the following command to fix Display card related stuff:

# redhat-config-xfree86 --reconfig

Above command allows you to fix all problems or allows reconfiguring X windows system.

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1 David Wallace August 5, 2006 at 9:05 pm

My mouse pointer in gnome is always hidden. I have to use the ctrl key to even have an idea of where the pointer is. Everything else seems to be working. The mouse is moving i just cant see it.


2 nixCraft August 6, 2006 at 4:22 am


a) Your mouse is not configure properly – use above command to fix mouse

b) Your mouse is faulty – test on other computer

Run setup command to reconfigure your mouse from text mode


3 vinod kumar August 27, 2006 at 2:42 pm

Need some help with some real login problem.
I am unable to login to the system as a particular user.
But i am able to login in text mode.
I guess the problem could be with the X-server.
But it is only a guess.
any way to reconfigure the x-server for this particular user is what i am looking for.

thanks in adv.


4 mukesh July 27, 2007 at 8:58 am

As for david Wallace just try disabling “rhgb” parameter in grub.conf file. It is the problem with that rhgb and your mouse will just work fine with mouse pointer visible


5 Mukesh Kulal July 27, 2007 at 9:02 am

rhgb has a problem with the mouse pointer. so please disable rhgb in grub.conf and try with a reboot. I had faced such a problem and it was solved. try this out and tell me


6 ken August 4, 2007 at 4:52 pm

How do I fix this problem in the case of Centos 4
I cant find the file redhat-config-xfree86 ?



7 Inbaraj suresh January 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

simple …you just try to this command


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