Re: [kde-linux] Starting up KDE hangs with a black desktop and movable mouse cursor.
- From: david <gnome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 18:10:48 -1000
Phillip Pi wrote:
On Sun, Nov 18, 2007 at 05:28:57PM -1000, david wrote:
Phillip Pi wrote:
Two days ago on my home Debian system, I exited KDE v3.5.x (not sureI had KDE 3.5.8 until updating yesterday. Every since then, attempts to
exactly what version I have) and X back to console/text mode and
restarted it (startx) but now I get a hang. I see a black desktop/GUI/X
with a movable mouse cursor after seeing NVIDIA logo and an one second
gray desktop. I have to use ctrl-alt-backspace to kill X to get out of
I did some investigations and experiments as well. You can see the logs,
results, etc. in
thread since they would be too much to post in here.
Thank you in advance. :)
start KDE from command line report either not finding kdeinit or errors
trying to run kdeinit. I even removed everything KDE and reinstalled it,
still having same problems.
Do you remember what was updated yesterday? I updated on Friday because
I saw kdelibs (4:3.5.8.dfsg.1-3) so I decided to restart X. I don't know
if kdelib update caused the problem since I haven't restart X for like
two weeks! Is this what you did too?
Actually, my KDE problems began on Friday, I did an update and there
were updates to gcc and such. Didn't see any updates to KDE at that time.
I did the update again later that night as an attempt to fix - I've had
problems with partial updates, I think due to repositories being in an
in-between state - some packages updated to the newer version, but other
related packages not updated YET.
Anyway, I was up late determining that the problem wasn't due to any
updates to Xorg and that fluxbox worked with no problems.
This afternoon I ripped out the installed KDE and went to reinstall, and
found that 3.5.8 was no longer available as an option (only 3.5.7). So I
can successfully run KDE 3.5.7 from fluxbox, but not from the command line.
I have other weirdnesses on the system that I'm trying to solve - for
instance, getting driver modules to install on startup - so I don't
really know what in all this tangle is the root of the problem.
I've been rather disappointed with Linux updates this year - three times
now, I've had updates hose my system. At least one was an error in a
In fact, a friend of mine updated 3.5.8 a few weeks ago and got himself
a non-functioning KDE because something wasn't indicated properly in a
package somewhere and a piece of KDE that should have been updated
wasn't. I don't remember what it was now, though.
BUT to make things more strange - the KDE 3.5.7 runs fine if I start it
using "exec startkde" inside an XShell in Fluxbox!!!!
Ha, in Gnome and its terminal, I tried that just now but it hangs at
"Setting up interprocess communication." at the first blinking icon
(wheel) and hangs. Terminal shows "startkde: starting up" (same as
shown in logs).
Mine takes a lot longer at that icon than it did before I had to start
it from inside fluxbox - but it eventually gets past it.
For now, I'm adding more drive space to my file server, then I'll backup
my home directory and reinstall ... stupid computers!
Anyway, time I did a real good backup of my /home directory, anyway. I
have Etch running fine on my server, so I think I'll put it on the
laptop, too. And maybe add a partition for a good multimedia/audio
distro to accommodate my music composition hobby ...
authenticity, honesty, community
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