Re: [SLE] How about users "desupporting" Suse 9.3 and later.
From: ken (gebser_at_speakeasy.net)
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 13:36:11 -0400 To: Clinton Post <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinton Post wrote:
>On Friday, My Suse 9.3 loaded into a grey screen with
>the Suse Lizard on it. My only option is to login, so
>I did. Once I logged in, I cannot reboot or shutdown
>the computer with out using a term window. The only
>option is to log off wich brings me back to the grey
>screen. I was told by a friend who had the same
>problem that it is the TWM login screen. We both just
>reloaded our machines, which becomes a hassal. I am
>very new to the linux world and Suse and would like to
>know what to do in the future if this was to happen
>again. I use Gnome desktop.
>Also, my desktop picture changed. Could my system do
>that our have been Hacked?????
>Any input will be helpful.
I had a similar problem for awhile right after an install and managed to
fix it (I think). I wish I could tell you how I fixed it, but I really
don't know. I just started wading through the init scripts and config
files, changing things here and there, until I could get it to work
consistently. Solving the problem is exacerbated by the fact that (it
seems to me) suse tries to fix things by itself and changes the
configuration files; these "fixes" would undo the changes I made in the
scripts and config files and bring the problem back again. This just
goes to the point that there's probably not one small thing to do to fix
the problem; rather, it's likely that there's a few problems.
What video card do you have (make and model)? Do you have the correct
Can you correctly configure your video card with yast2? (yast2 can be
run from a console if, as it seems, you can't get into X.) (yast2 can't
correctly configure my video card, an ATI Radeon 9000. So I had to
configure this manually in /etc/X11/xorg. You might have to do
Do you have a file called "/usr/X11R6/bin/gnome"? If so, look for a
line which starts "DEFAULT_WM=" in /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager; this
should be set to "gnome" (if, as you say, you wish to run the gnome
There's probably a few other things which need to be worked out, but
this is a start and, who knows, may fix your problem.
Finally, yes, fixing the problem you have might require digging into
some of the thicker parts of the OS and understanding shell and init
scripts. You might need some pretty good problem-solving skills...
probably all of this. If you're not ready for this and the few tips
I've provided don't help, you might want to switch to a different
distribution. Mandrake/Mandriva is pretty good. In fact, if I can't
solve my reboot hanging pretty soon, I might go back to Mandrake myself.
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