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    dlpswds NNTP User

    Default Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't load

    I am using opensuse11 with kde 4.1.2.

    I am fairly new to linux and am have been experimenting with several distro's and apps.

    Recently I uninstalled gadmin-samba. Then uninstalled samba altogether and reinstalled it with out gadmin. After doing so I am unable to get my desktop for one of my accounts. All I get is a black screen with the white mouse cursor. I am able to login to other accounts fine. The only thing is my panel at the bottom starts out of order and several things missing. I have set it up the way I had it and now it stays.

    Is there any direct relationship to what I uninstalled and reinstalled to the kde desktop?

    First off I do not have the auto login setup. I mention this because I read on another thread that it can cause problems.

    The account in question is able to login with icewm.
    I have logged into kde with a different account and renamed /home/"user"/.kde4

    After renaming .kde4 then trying to login again I get the same black screen. I have logged in with another account and checked the /home/"user"/ and there is not a . kde4 folder. From what I have read my understanding is that kde4 profile should be rebuilt as soon as you attempt to login again.



    I also have a .kde folder for the user. After the above didn't work I went ahead and did the same thing I did for the .kde4 folder. Still get a black screen.

    Anyone have some words of wisdom?

    If I were to completely delete the account, then recreate it would that fix the ploblem and would it cause problems with my setup? I have some apps that are setup to run only under this user, and really don't want to have to set them up again.

    Forewarning...I will probably need some directions on how to check certain things.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't l

    So you are saying that your machine actually does autologin.

    Tell us what desktops you have, from what I read it seems like:
    kde4
    kde3
    icewin

    And I take it kde4 is set as default desktop at the moment?


    my understanding is that kde4 profile should be rebuilt as soon as you attempt to login again.
    True

    What about kde3, or don't you have it.
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    dlpswds NNTP User

    Default Re: Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't l

    No I do not have autologin setup, unless I am misunderstanding what it is(I hope I'm not). I boot up to a login manager, where I select user then put in password.

    I have kde4 and icewm.

    Correct, KDE4 is the default desktop.

    No kde3 installed.

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    Default Re: Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't l

    Good, no auto login. That's a blessing.

    I suggest you install kde3. Maybe you can do that from icewin?

    In Yast, software management, filter by Patterns
    select
    kde3base
    kde3desktop

    accept

    later you can update kde3 by adding this build service repo
    Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.0

    then use software management,filter by repo and update all in the new kde3 repo

    Once you have kde3, we can work on kde4
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    Default Re: Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't l

    Hey thanks for responding and helping out.

    What I did was select kde (failsafe) from the session manager. That recreated my profile, so I logged out and logged in with kde4 and all is good. I should have done that before I even posted here. my bad sorry.

    From the other posts that I read while searching for help, it looks like kde load issues is one of your areas. So if there are any log files or anything like that you would like from me for further investigation or curiosity, just let me know.

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    Default Re: Black screen with cursor after login / desktop doesn't l

    Good to hear you have it sorted. I would still recommend kde3 if you have the space. You should be able to import some detail from your old settings in .kde4

    As for error details - you didn't mention any crash reports? And if you do get any, check https://bugzilla.novell.com/index.cgi
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