When i log in, the kicker does not load automatically, and i have to do it manually( alt+f2, kicker) and then it comes up. Is this normal and is there a way to automate it?
No it’s not normal.
When you say kicker - do you just mean kicker (start button). You do have a panel?
You didn’t say if this is gnome or kde, but have tried adding it to the panel?
If you are using kde 4.x then you should use add widgets to add a new panel. Kicker is for kde3 …