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I downloaded a fresh ISO of CentOs 6.3 from here. After installing successfully, CentOs loads a text based linux.

How do i load the GUI?

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You can run:

yum groupinstall "X Window System"

And possibly change the /etc/inittab to default to runlevel 5.

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Thanks. Running the "yum" results in an error: "...could not retrieve mirrorlist..." – summerbulb Nov 12 '12 at 19:27

After the installation is complete, edit the /etc/inittab and change the 'initdefault' line so that it is set to the value of 5 (instead of 3). Then reboot.

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I changed 3 to 5. The system loaded up to the bluish-gray bar and seems stuck. – summerbulb Nov 12 '12 at 19:06
If you hit Escape while the bar is showing, it will dump you to a console and show you service startup progress. – jgoldschrafe Nov 12 '12 at 19:21
@jgoldschrafe Thanks. I got to "starting crond [ ok ]" and nothing happens. – summerbulb Nov 12 '12 at 19:26

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