Startx no longer works?

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    Installed the latest version on a RPi 1, and when I try to get to the startx GUI, I just get a small window in the top right showing some info, uptime, memory etc and a command line.

    It won’t let me do anything here, and I need to recycle the power to get anything

    Any ideas on why this is? Not had an issue on v2.3 with 3 different installs



    The desktop GUI is not included in newer builds of RetroPie. You can add it back in with sudo apt-get install lxde but it uses a lot of space and resources.

    What are you trying to do that you need the Desktop?



    One of the reasons I use StartX is to access the Network settings as I use a wireless USB dongle to connect my Pi to the internet rather than rely on cables.



    If it were me, I would get used to doing things without startx – adding lxde back in is going to cause you more problems than it solves.

    sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

    your interfaces file should look like this

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    allow-hotplug wlan0
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet dhcp
       wpa-ssid "Your Network SSID"
       wpa-psk "Your Password"

    How-To: Add WiFi to the Raspberry Pi



    [redacted- what ROO said]

    once you have configured your wifi adapter like roo outlined-

    sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


    sudo /etc/init.d/networking stop
     sudo /etc/init.d/networking start

    sudo reboot

    Now your wifi should be running- no gui needed.



    I still find using a GUI easier than command prompt, so it was to setup WiFi.

    Ended up using command line instructions from the RPi website (wpa_supplicant) and got it working.

    Thanks for the responses, not having the GUI will force me to learn more through command prompt, so all good 🙂



    I’m on my 4th clean install of the latest image for the RPi2, and I have to say its been all due to installing lxde or xfce. I enjoyed be able to utilize the gui desktop for the sole purpose of clicking and seeing some things such as bluetooth manager and wifi manager. But after this most recent clean install I’ve decided to forego the GUI and keep my pi strictly a gaming console and working on it with the command line.
    There is a plethora of info on setting up the wifi adapter and bluetooth adapter. I’m a big fan of text editors, but in the long run if all you’re going to do is make a few minor changes to a file then the command line is really all you need.
    Goals for tomorrow: configure pi basic settings, get bluetooth up and running and have it ALWAYS searchable, try relentlessly to get my ps4 controller to work with games wirelessly (i can get emulationstation to recognize it and allow me use it to move between selecting games wired, I was even able to get it to do this wirelessly. But for some reason games will not recognize my controller wired or wireless), and maybe even find someone who has had success in getting the Edimax EW-7811UTC wifi adapter working on the RPi2(then I’ll finally be able to move to the big screen and cut the cord from the ethernet)
    Good luck to you, with all of the resources available and the wonderful support of fellow users in these forums getting your project running is only a matter of time and patience!



    thanks for that, Ive used startx very little, and feel more comfortable at the line prompts.

    When my Pi2 comes Ill try the startline interface.



    What is the problem if I install lxde?
    If I don’t start lxde, it take resources from the Raspberry and make emulation slower? The space isn’t a problem for me.



    there is no problem if you want to install lxde.



    there is no problem if you want to install lxde.

    Have you actually done it on the latest builds? It breaks some other stuff, like ES autoloading




    you can not install a display manager if you don’t want it to start up on boot.

    people that really want a desktop gui, should probably just install retropie-setup over raspbian though – the retropie image is meant to be compact.



    Without StartX I am stuck with setting up wifi.

    Dongle plugged in:

    pi@retropie ~ $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514 Standard Microsystems Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 7392:7811 Edimax Technology Co., Ltd EW-7811Un 802.11n Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8188CUS]
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 1997:2433
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 045e:028e Microsoft Corp. Xbox360 Controller

    And then, Interfaces screen:

    auto wlan0

    iface lo inet loopback
    iface eth0 inet dhcp

    allow-hotplug wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet manual
    wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    iface default inet dhcp

    Next Config file:

    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


    It seems from the instructions I have done it all right but its still not working:

    wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 80:1f:02:b3:2a:4e
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:2 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:1758 (1.7 KiB) TX bytes:940 (940.0 B)

    Any suggestions of where I have gone wrong?

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