xorg crashes at startx

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https://bbs.archlinux.org – I'm going by what I'm finding in the arch Wikis. I've installed xorg, going with the (default) vesa driver. I've also installed gnome as a window manager.  When i enter startx, my monitor goes blank and I get panel saying "input not supported." So far I've been "fixing" this by turning the computer off and restarting.  Of course, this makes a file check mandatory, and i have to go through a couple of reboots. I know there's a way to open another terminal, but I haven't found it yet. I'm holding ctrl/alt while going through a (HowTos)