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    Unhappy KDE not starting up on boot

    hey there, I shifted to openSUSE 11 & KDE 4.1 recently, while till yesterday everything was working fine. Now all of a sudden, on booting, I get a console login. The system *does* goto run level 5, though. after logging in, I've to issue a startx for KDE to start.

    Now the here it gets weirder

    1. On issuing startx I get auto-logged in, even though I have auto-login disabled (I *did* have it enabled previously, afterwards I've disabled it)

    2. The DE to which I get booted into is random - sometimes its KDE4.1, sometimes its KDE 3.5.9, sometimes its Gnome, although I didn't choose to install KDE 3.5.9 OR Gnome, prolly got isntalled because of some dependencies ? :-/ I have no idea.

    3. Even on the rare occasions that I do get a KDE4.1 bootup, I plasma crashes with a sigsev

    I tried removing .kde and .kde4 directories in /home but makes no difference

    Any suggestions on
    (1) How to get the GUI without having to issue startx?
    (2) Ensuring that KDE 4.1 is what starts up ?

    Help would be highly appreciated.

    Another thing, I cant seem to mount my P1i as a mass storage device, which 10.3 did effortlessly. Now when I plug it in, KDE daemon (under KDE 3.5.9) shows New media - unmounted har drive volume, and when I choose open in new window I get a message

    org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-removable no <-- (action, result)
    But I _can_ mount it manually. Anyway I can get it to automount?

    Thanks!
    Sathya
    Dell Inspiron 1520 | Intel Core2Duo T5250 | 2GB |nVidia 8600mGT |160GB |openSUSE 11.3

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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    EDIT: got the automount fixed.
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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    umm a little help please ?
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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    1/ I've exactly same I don't know how to disable it (and i'm not interested in, so I never found this "bug")

    2/ When your are on Desktop, choose "Logout". KDM will start. In "Session type" menu, choose "KDE4.1" (not default). Then Login.

    3/ KDE4 is still under developpement, you won't be able to use plasma without (sometimes) random crash. And disable the "Desktop effect" under KDE4, it's not mature yet.

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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    Spyhawk, thanks for the input
    Unfortunately on choosing logout, I'm thrown back to console, so I cant get the screen for choosing session type.

    Just topitch in, here's a look at my /var/log/kdm.log

    Code:
    This is a pre-release version of the X server from The X.Org Foundation.
    It is not supported in any way.
    Bugs may be filed in the bugzilla at http://bugs.freedesktop.org/.
    Select the "xorg" product for bugs you find in this release.
    Before reporting bugs in pre-release versions please check the
    latest version in the X.Org Foundation git repository.
    See http://wiki.x.org/wiki/GitPage for git access instructions.
    
    X.Org X Server 1.4.0.90
    Release Date: 5 September 2007
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: openSUSE SUSE LINUX
    Current Operating System: Linux sathya 2.6.25.5-1.1-pae #1 SMP 2008-06-07 01:55:22 +0200 i686
    Build Date: 07 June 2008  12:37:27AM
    
            Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
            to make sure that you have the latest version.
    Module Loader present
    Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
            (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
            (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Fri Aug 22 11:02:30 2008
    (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
    (II) Module "ramdac" already built-in
    Synaptics DeviceInit called
    SynapticsCtrl called.
    Synaptics DeviceOn called
    Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/TTF/, removing from list!
    Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/OTF, removing from list!
    Driver not XRANDR 1.2 capable, ignoring DISPLAYMANAGER_RANDR_MODE_* settings
    KCrash: Application 'kdmgreet' crashing...
    Synaptics DeviceOff called
    eems like KDE4.1 is starting, plasma doesn't load, when I issue plasma & at terminal, plasma gets loaded with widgets, ie, with the second Application launch bar and all:
    here's a pic



    PS: I have disabled desktop effects and Compiz-Fusion
    Dell Inspiron 1520 | Intel Core2Duo T5250 | 2GB |nVidia 8600mGT |160GB |openSUSE 11.3

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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    Hey there. Well good news is that I've fixed the kdm_greet crashing issue, while going through the startup logs in YaST(God bless it!!) I found this particular entry
    Code:
     kdm_greet crashes with code 125 signal 0
    A quick Google search for "kdm code 125" gave me this page as 3rd result which mentions,
    kdm was working perfectly until ... kdm_greet crashes with code 125 signal 0 after debugging with gdb, I find that findfont from xfree called by qt was in
    cause. Then I made a fc-cache and all worked perfectly
    So I do a fc-cache in console, restart and BINGO! No more crashes!!
    One problem still remaims - it's booting into KDE 3.5.9 instead of KDE 4.1!
    I had a look at /etc/X11R6/xinit/xinitrc.common which calls the startkde script
    The startkde script loads KDE4.1 Besides there's a separate starkde3 script.
    So any pointers on how to get KDE 4.1 starting ?
    Dell Inspiron 1520 | Intel Core2Duo T5250 | 2GB |nVidia 8600mGT |160GB |openSUSE 11.3

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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    Have you updated from 10.3 to 11.0 instead of a clean install? I would guess that there are a number of files that need to be updated. You might check /etc/SuSE-release and 'uname -a' to confirm that you are running 11.0, then 'zypper up' and then 'zypper dup'. I haven't figured a way to do that from yast yet.

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    Default Re: KDE not starting up on boot

    @davidgurvich It was a fresh install, I wiped out all of my previous openSUSE partitions and installed with KDE 4 as the DE. Will try the zypper thing soon
    Dell Inspiron 1520 | Intel Core2Duo T5250 | 2GB |nVidia 8600mGT |160GB |openSUSE 11.3

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