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I'm running BackTrack 5 R3 on an old Dell Inspiron 700m using a LiveDVD. I'm running the Gnome 32 bit version. To make X start I had to use the solution here. Once I get X open, I can't seem to open programs. When I click on Applications and then choose an application the cursor turns into a watch and the bottom panel says "Starting " program-Name-Here (Starting gedit). After about fifteen seconds the watch cursor and starting message go away without any program opening. How do I configure BackTrack to be able to open programs?

EDIT: I am unable to open the terminal.

EDIT 2 and 3: I'm not sure what I did, but after a reboot or two programs are opening properly!

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What happens if you run programs from the terminal? –  Renan Dec 23 '13 at 19:53
    
I can't open the terminal as well. –  Cammy_the_block Dec 23 '13 at 22:50
    
Are you using startx as mentioned in that solution you linked to? If so, do you see any output on the terminal you ran startx from (error messages)? –  Patrick Dec 24 '13 at 7:14

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When you are in boot menu run a memtest, which is the second to last option of the boot menu. A memtest will check whether your machine is good for the backtrack release.

Then boot your system on backtrack forensics mode and check whether you are able to run everything properly.

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Later after a reboot or two programs seem to open fine. –  Cammy_the_block Dec 29 '13 at 0:58

That's quite normal. When you click on a menu entry Gnome calls the Exec= field defined in the dot application file, if that thing doesn't exist / can't be run, you will get nothing.

Does it apply to all menu entries? Can you launch gnome-terminal by pressing ALT F2, type gnome-terminal and press Enter?

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