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A couple months ago I was playing with SuSE 9.0 a little bit in VMWare(via FTP install), and found that I was liking GNOME a bit more than KDE. I decided to take the full plunge and make my system into a dual boot XP/SuSE 9.1, using the Personal ISO that was just released a few days ago. Much to my dismay I found out it didn't come with GNOME installed and it took me until just a few hours ago to figure out how to get it off of YAST(via switching installation sources).
So I grabbed everything I thought I needed for GNOME 2.4 based on what was available in the 9.1 directory of the mirror I'm using via YAST. I edited Sysconfig's Display Manager and Window Manager settings to default to GDM and GNOME(as per the note on GNOME's site), repsectively, and rebooted. GDM comes up fine, so I log in to GNOME. Immediately I'm presented with an alert box with no text in it, only an arrow and a error-indicating X. I OK the box and it goes away, leaving me a desktop full of generic textless icons, unknown file types it would seem. there is one icon not like this, showing Tux sitting next to a monitor. Clicking that brings up a folder view with more of these erroneous icons and a preview thumbnail for a KDE vs GNOME pdf(which does launch fine). The GNOME wharf(or whatever it is called) is also present, but it is totally devoid of icons and text, and is quite small. Same goes for the right click menu, no icons or text.
This is where I'm at(albeit back in KDE at the moment), is there something I should be doing after grabbing the GNOME system before I try and boot back into it?
I am new to Linux (over and over again) as well. I am having the saaaaame problem as you are pi8y0u. It's driving me pretty much insane. I'm sure Linux has it's good points, really. But it has taken me a week of fiddling with it, using Suse 9.1 prof, and all I've managed to do is get it on my laptop (which was a horrendous chore as the dvd rom kept going to "sleep" is the best way to describe it, during installation), installed java 1.4.2 (a chore), and eclipse (easy).
I'm feeling a bit drained. At this point I just want gnome to work, but am having the exact same prob you are having, and it's waring me down. SOmeone, anyone, please fix us.
Well, that means three of us are stuck!
I can't login to a gnome session or , when I run gnome-control-center under KDE
at first it works, then after I click an item or two, the fonts and icons becom unreadable.
Please help me how to get back my gnome working, I can see only wallpaper and non-working icons and un-usable thin panels , i can't even logout ..
Alt+CTRL+Del is also not working...
I sent a support question to SuSE Tech support .. no reply ..???
I saw lot of postiongs in many News groups about this problem... but no solution provided ...
Did any one know how to fix this problem ....
I'm not sure how you guys installed Gnome. But my suggestion would be this :
In the control centre, Yast Modules > Software > Install and Remove Software.
Then in the Filter drop down box, choose "Selections". In the left hand pane, check the Gnome system Box & it probably wouldnt hurt to check the Gnome Development box too. That SHOULD install everything you need ... but no promises ... if that doesnt work im afraid you're only hope is SuSE tech support
A quick tip though, if you're ever in an X session and you cant escape Try Ctrl+Alt+Backspace that should reset the X server and put you back at you GDM/KDM screen
Thanks for quick reply..
I installed Gnome and i was working on Gnome after i installed SuSe9.1Pro..
But after update my system and patched to latest thro' YaST Gnome is not usable ...
What i can do is .. i will Re-install the Gnome and try to night...
I send a support request to SuSE tech sypport .. but there is no reply from them..
It might just be an old bug with Suse 9.1? Have any of you updated since you bought/downloaded the package? I am still a noob, but I suggest you go post at Suse Tech Support. Maybe the latest updates are bugs in disguise? Then again, I'm probably over my head and being redundant, but its cool.
It seems like you guys that are running SuSE 9.1 Personal are having problems getting GNOME working trying to use the SuSE RPM's. Even though these RPM's are on SuSE's site you will still need to make sure you have all the right libraries (sometimes you need to install these in a certain order). What I would reccomend is that you go to the Novell/Ximian download side and install Ximian which is built on GNOME. You will need "wget" installed and preferably a broadband internet connection since it installs right over the internet. This is a quick (subjective to internet connection) easy way to install GNOME on a SuSE 9.1 Personal install. The last time I tried GNOME this is how I installed it and it worked beautifully I would reccomend using the KDE login manager since SuSE is KDE based this gave me less trouble.
i think HenchmenResourc's solution is most likely the best option. I'm using 9.1 pro myself, and i have downloaded all the online updates and had no trouble. I dont use gnome myself but i have tried it and it seems to work fine. I would agree that KDM is a lot more stable than GDM albeit not as pretty
Just out of interest, anyone here managed to get Fluxbox working in Suse 9.1 pro for AMD64??? just a thought .... keeps resetting the Xserver everytime i start it
has anyone found a solution to this problem? im having the same exact problem, however i dont know if you guys tried this, but if i log into gnome as root, everything works perfectly fine. when i try it again as a normal user im left with microscopic text and no panel or anything. the gnome splash screen doesnt even come up, however it does when im logged in as root.
I have a feeling that unless you select gnome as your windowmanager from the outset (i.e. at installation) you will have these problems. I started off using KDE (but think it looks like a complete dog's dinner), so wanted to switch to gnome. I selected gnome and gnome-devel and installed (on SuSE 9.1 Pro). The icons are missing from desktop and menus, and curiously I can't get key repeats to work at all. If I go to the gnome configuration menu, select keyboard, and turn key repeat on - I get 2 letters for each keystroke! Pure genius!
So I am now struggling to get a more recent version working. I tried the Gnome2.6 RPMs that SuSE provide, and they just seemed to make a bad situation worse (this has been other people's experience too). I am now trying garnome, look for links from www.gnome.org. This is a complete pain in the arse - but if I have any joy I will post instructions.