Recently I uninstalled an Nvidia Graphics card and returned to the Intel Integrated HD 2000 Graphics on a dual-boot Sandy Bridge i7-2600 system. (The graphics card was a GeForce 8400GS being used to feed an old large-screen television as a second monitor through the S-Video Connection. The computer has been moved, but the 8400GS has stayed with the TV now in another computer.) As I have done a while back on this computer, I uninstalled the proprietary Nvidia drivers, made sure the Intel drivers were present, then removed the card.
Normally, it would just pick up the Intel drivers and work perfectly, but this time it hangs after Plymouth (if viewing text, it says something about postfix mail) and before the login page. I can get to the console using Alt+F2, and yast2 works perfectly. I have deleted the folders used by Xorg at /etc/X11, reinstalled the X Server, the Intel drivers and reinstalled just about everything I could think of including the boot manager.
At this point, if I log onto the console, change to superuser, and type “gdm”, the gdm will start up and everything works perfectly from there on letting me log into the desktop environment of my choice.
Is there a way to get the gdm to start up automatically so I don’t have to go through this each time?
Please accept my apologies for the non-specificity as I am now at a computer on campus and the computer in question is several miles away.