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I just installed Oracle Linux 5.10 32 bit on a older windows pc that has 32 bit architecture. When I reboot it, it comes up and says "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?
When ever it probes for the video card, its fails then reboots to this every time.
What do I need to do at this point?
You can try the following: Enter the Grub boot menu at system startup and add the number "3" to the kernel parameter line to start the system in text only mode. When you get access to the command prompt, remove or rename any existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and then restart the system. The X11 server is self configuring and does usually not need the xorg.conf file. If it fails you have some hardware incompatibility, in which case you need to do further research about your hardware.
It means your graphics adapter is not compatible. Enterprise Linux is designed for server grade hardware and support for equipment found in desktop or laptop computers will vary. Unfortunately nobody can guess what type of video card you have. There may be some kernel parameters necessary, such as "nomodeset", etc.
I agree with Dude.
Oracle Linux is a server distro. You are installing it on a client platform. You are expecting it to support client hardware and have, by default, the required drivers on hand to support that client hardware.
I would think that the failure here is on your part, and not on Oracle Linux's part.
Why are you not using Ubuntu instead? It is one of the most widely used Linux desktop clients, and has out-of-the-box support for an extensive range of client hardware (from h/w acceleration support for video adapters, to supporting video/web cams. touch pads, WiFi chipsets, etc).
If you want to test drive Oracle Linux as a server platform on client hardware, consider virtualisation (like free VirtualBox).
I'm sure there was more written than just "Server". It is important to keep attention to details. You probably started the system using the RHCK kernel. When you do the command "uname -r" does it show "uek"? If not, then you are not using the Oracle Linux UEK kernel. If this is only for testing or developing and you do not need any Oracle specific kernel drivers, such as BTRFS, OCFS or ASMLIb this should be ok though.
You will probably want to make the change permanent if you are happy with it by editing /boot/grub/grub.conf file. Personally I wonder if the Oracle UEK kernel is a bit too optimized when it comes to video graphics support, but that's up to Oracle.