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

Posted on in Categories News, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Troubleshooting, X server last updated July 5, 2006

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

LOL 😀

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.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

7 comment

  1. 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. 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.
    vinod

  3. 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

  4. 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

Leave a Comment