Ok at first I thought my issue may have been related to this with a black screen and a cursor and yes I have ISPConfig installed as this is a test server. everything was working until I reboot that is why I tied this post first. http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13918&highlight=ispconfig+fedora+gdm So I tried everything listed in that thread and linking threads but nothing seems to fix the issue. here is what is happending when I try to start the gui. in "terminal mode" I try "X" resulting in: Fatal server error: Server is already active for display 0 If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock and start again. ... trying "startx" produces an identical message as above then a small pause then this message: Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 keygiving up. xinit: Resource temporarily unavailable (errno 11): unable to connect to X server xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error. Please keep in mind I am very new to linux and know the very basic commands so I really apperciate the help. I have been searching for a fix for couple hours with no luck. Thanks in advance..