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Old 05-08-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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Can't get into Desktop (KDE)


Hello all,

I was screwin' around with Arch Linux. I'm interested in it but not more interested than my Kubuntu running KDStudio.

I didn't realize how much prep. their is and the fact that Arch does no prep. Anyway, I stopped trying to get it to run when I realized I had to pre-partition and set up a swap.

Now however grub does not boot into the KDE desktop. It boots into Kubuntu but with no desktop.

Does anyone know how to fix this, I would not like to have to re-install the whole system. I think there must be a fix, I'm not sure exactly what Arch did, gparted doesn't show anything.
 
Old 05-08-2015, 06:31 PM   #2
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Simply login in and enter "startx" or "startkde" (which one works).You should be in.
EDIT:If its BOOTLOADER question.Try booting with another bootloader or run a live ubuntu cd-rom (I am acting old with the termology) and launch boot-repair

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Old 05-08-2015, 06:32 PM   #3
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Now however grub does not boot into the KDE desktop. It boots into Kubuntu but with no desktop.
Hi...

So, to your knowledge, Arch did absolutely nothing to GRUB or your current partition? What do you see exactly, if not your desktop?

Regards...
 
Old 05-08-2015, 06:53 PM   #4
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Did you try it
 
Old 05-09-2015, 01:46 AM   #5
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Startx, startkde

Hi, and thanks for getting back

When grub comes up it says ubuntu 14.04, I hit enter - it goes to a black screen like I'm in the terminal. Asks for login and password. After that it's just a command line.

Oh I didn't say that the Arch install (guess you could call it that) didn't do anything to grub. I'm guessing it did something to grub - or, well it did something to something!!

Anyway if I enter startx the reply is that it can not connect to the X server.

If I got to /usr/share/applications and type firefox. It then says no display specified. I'm on another hd in the same machine. I can access the other drive from Dolphin. This drive (the one I'm on) has grub on it. So maybe there's something I can access to get KDE to start??

I didn't try startkde - so I'll log out and try that, I'll be back w/ what happened.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 02:01 AM   #6
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startkde

Okay, back w/ results of startkde:

when startkde is typed: $DISPLAY is not set or connot connect to the X server.

when I type DISPLAY: display.im6: unable to open X server @error/display.c/displayimagecommand/420

I guess the boot repair suggestions using a disk might be the way to go. Not sure on how that is done but I've got the install disk.

So thanks to everyone who got back and gave advice. I'm still working on it.!
 
Old 05-09-2015, 06:48 AM   #7
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try entering X or Xorg
 
Old 05-10-2015, 12:50 PM   #8
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Kubuntu re-installed

Hello and thanks to everyone who replied,

I got a lot of good suggestions from people who are interested in making Linux work right. Which is terrific and appreciated.

I did wind up trying the boot repair disk. I was surprised at how well the program was coded. It is powerful and did get my linux distro. up again. The only problem it would not adjust the resolution. It was low and no other resolution were listed. So about 8 higher resolutions would not show-up. The resolution did not allow the machine to run efficiently.

So I don't know what Arch did to mess up my video resolution, but the program couldn't adjust the video and therefore I couldn't fix or use distro.

I had to re-install Kubuntu, there didn't seem to be any other solution. I did that and I'm back up.

Don't know if anyone will find any of this useful. But it least those that took an interest know what happened and how it was (sorta) fixed.

thanks again to everyone - my experiences here have always been top-notch and as I already said, most appreciated.
 
Old 05-10-2015, 01:21 PM   #9
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Arch is by definition a manual install
as in YOU the user need to manually install and set up everything

so
step 1
read "the Arch Way "
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/The_Arch_Way

2)
read "the beginners guide"
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners27_guide

3)
read the install guide
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_guide

4)
Reread the install guide and the sections you need
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_guide

5)

write down ON PAPER !!! yes a #2 pencil and lined paper
a install outline

6)
re-reread the install guide and edit that outline as needed

7)
install Arch


if this sounds like studying for a final exam
-- it IS --

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Old 05-10-2015, 01:30 PM   #10
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I'm not sure exactly what Arch did
*Arch* did nothing at all -- the real question is: which commands did *you* type in whilst you were using the Arch live ISO?

As has been stated above, the Arch installation process in entirely manual -- *you* are the Arch installer...
 
Old 05-10-2015, 02:39 PM   #11
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U R Installer Gort Baratu Nykto

I got that - and I'm not going to quit until I get it right. To many people say to many good things about Arch linux to ignore it.

And right I didn't understand the scope of being an installer. Which sounds dumb - oh well so be it. And what I did, I believe is try the on-line installer. I didn't understand what was going on, and that's when my Kubuntu partition was shot. I suss that I did it and although I did accuse Arch all I can do now is apologize - So Sorry Arch and your myriad of devotees. I'm going to try again!!

Funny thing, burnin' a few iso's etc. made my dvd burner kaput. Brand new on a fairly new machine (6 weeks). But a memory stick did the trick.

Thanks for taking the time to paste all those links. I'm gonna look at each one. I'm sure (hopefully) I'll get it this time....

It is interesting that GRUB was fixed and able to bring Kubuntu up. But, only with one low resolution?? If at that point I could of somehow fixed the resolution problem the system would have been restored. Re-installation really wasn't a big hassle - anyway. However I did feel at the time that it might be the over-kill solution - but it was a solution that worked.!
 
  


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