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Old 12-06-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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gnome fails to load on login after bootup - unless bootup first in win xp


I am running fedora core 4 with kernel version 2.6.11-1.1369 on a new laptop (64 bit architecture, pentium 4 processor - let me know if additional specs are useful). The system had been working very well for a few weeks. However, in the last two days I encountered trouble logging in after booting up - gnome (ver 2.10.0) startup seems to hang (I have mouse control, but none of the loading icons show up no matter how long I wait). This happens for all users, including those using default start-up scripts. I am able to access the failsafe terminal and can load any programs I want from there. I don't have kde or any other desktops installed to test. I have, however, been able to login to gnome without trouble if I boot up first in win-xp and then reboot to linux. I have also noticed that on shutdown I get an "NFS locking failed" error. I had been getting this error intermittently before but without any troubles on the following login. I have been wary of disabling NFS since I don't know how to reenable it if it's needed for my partition that's shared with win-xp. The only changes that I made to the system immediately before encountering this problem was installing firefox 1.5 and changing the sound driver used in xmms and mplayer - both changes seemed to work.

I am very new at running my own linux system - so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 
Old 12-06-2005, 04:56 PM   #2
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That is a really weird problem. I really do not see how NFS would be causing you problems. You should not have any problems disabling it.

What yum repos are you using? I had a nasty little problem occur when a certain yum repo was enabled. (Of course I forget which one it was.)
 
Old 12-06-2005, 09:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply! I have the following yum repos enabled:

extras
fedora-extras
fedora
fedora-updates

I also occasionally use:
livna and freshrpms

though these are disabled by default.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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I have read that you should not have livna listed regarding your auto updates. That might have been the problem.

I'll be honest with you. I would probably reinstall at this point. I have never heard of a problem like this one.

Your windows partition should not be an issue. Are you mounting the XP partition at startup?
 
Old 12-07-2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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I disabled NFS but that doesn't seem to change the startup problem (NFS locking error on shutdown disappears). The shared partition is mounted at startup. I will probably continue playing around a little more before reinstalling though since it doesn't take that long to load windows and then reboot...
 
Old 12-07-2005, 12:49 AM   #6
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Are you booting to a GUI or command line??

I'm clueless to be honest. Never had a problem of this nature. What type of video card od you have? Have you installed the drivers for the card? Not sure if it would really matter though.
 
Old 12-07-2005, 09:32 AM   #7
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Using both livna and freshrpms is generally not recommended as they have different packaging conventions, so I guess it's possible that a conflict there may have caused the problem...
 
  


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