thanks for the suggestion ....
Actually the problem was with the hostname.
Someone had change the servers hostname to bandman in the /etc/hosts file.
I googled around a bit and found out that if the name is not correctly resolved by the host then gdm login takes a long time.
I solved the problem by chaning to a terminal window and using the command
now my hostname becomes localhost.localdomain and gdm login goes on as expected i.e nicely.
However, the hostname changes back to bandman even though I changed the /etc/hosts file as under:-
127.0.0.1 locahost.localdomain localhost localhost
Can you suggest some solution
Last edited by nkd; 10-16-2008 at 06:11 AM.