I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum to post this to. I have noted that there’s an “Install/Boot/Login” forum as well, but since my problem appears to be centered on KDM and KDE I thought this would be the appropriate place to put my thread. If not, the mods can freely move my thread, I don’t mind.
Anyway, a little backstory. I’ve been distro-hopping on my Fujitsu Lifebook UH75/J (Japanese version of the U772) ultrabook. The distros I’ve tried (in order) are: Kubuntu, Debian XFCE, Fedora, Xubuntu, Linux Mint, and most recently openSUSE. I have kept my /home directory stowed away in a different partition so all of my personal files, dotfiles and configs are safe and sound everytime I switch distributions.
I went through the installation as normal, though it is worth noting that I placed my root (/) directory in my laptop’s SSD (my HDD is a hybrid drive) for obvious speed reasons, while I separated my /var and /home and they stayed in the HDD. After installation openSUSE boots fine (it detected EFI booting as well as the pre-installed Win8 out of the box, really really well, kudos to the devs, this is the first distro I’ve seen that does this well), with no problems.
However, when I reached the KDM login screen, I instinctively input my username and password. Note that the username and password I have used DID NOT change every time I installed a new distro on my system. In other words my username, password and dir in my /home has been the same since I installed Kubuntu. After inputting my username and password and attempting to login, my screen goes black, then after a few more seconds I was just taken back to the login screen. I tried to login again numerous times but to no avail.
What I did next were the following:
- I logged in using my username on tty1 (Ctrl + Alt + F1). It works and I can read and write everything within my user home directory.
- I logged in as root through KDM. KDE boots and shows initial welcome screens.
- I added a new test user (aptly named “test”) through YaST with the root account. Test user can login through KDM without any problems.
- Tried logging in again with my regular user and still I am just rudely redirected back to the KDM login.
- Deleted my regular user’s .Xauthority file and .kde directory to see if that fixes the problem. Nope, it didn’t, and I’m still just being redirected back to login.
- Logged back in to KDE as root and deleted my regular user account (but not including the /home/user directory and files). Created the user again with the same name, same password, same UID (1000), and the same home directory.
- Tried to login as regular user again through KDM, still cannot login to KDE.
Like I said, I can login with my regular user account through the ttys, as well as the “Failsafe” option in KDM which appears to just give me a very minimal X session without a working WM and a flimsy Xterm with a pink background. As long as I can login to a terminal, I can pretty much read and write my personal user files without any problems. It’s just that I can’t login through KDM and into KDE.
I really hope that I could resolve this problem soon because I am really excited to try out openSUSE. I’ve quite had enough of Deb-derived distros and Fedora isn’t really that great with KDE so I gave openSUSE a try. Hopefully I can reach to a solution that doesn’t involve me reinstalling everything or purging my user home directory.
Thanks in advance.