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re: At the login window after selecting user name before entering password, you should be able to start kde under Session.
But when the login window is displayed, this means that the Gnome Display Manager is already running doesn't it??
re: try this: /usr/bin/kde4
When I do this nothing happens. When I run /usr/sbin/gdm the login gui appears so I was expecting similar behaviour with /usr/bin/kde4
No the window manager controls which desktop environment is to be loaded also you can change the default desktop environment but it requires editing.
Is this your login screen? http://blog.gambliser.com/2012/09/op...reenshot-tour/
If so click on wrench in upper left corner of login box
I install KDE by doing the following zypper in kdebase4-runtime-4.3.5-0.1.97.x86_64.rpm
That's not the way to do. You should be installing from the repos, not from an rpm file and if you want to install KDE there's a pattern for that.
$ cat /etc/SuSE-release
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)
VERSION = 11
PATCHLEVEL = 2
$ zypper patterns | grep kde
| kde | 11-38.13.9 | SLES11-SP1-Pool |
| kde | 11-38.39.11 | SLES11-SP2-Core
$ zypper in -t pattern kde
If you can't install from the repos, you need to fix that. Did you register the machine?
One of your threads indicates unmet dependencies. This should hopefully take care of that:
$ zypper verify
To be honest you may do better to re-install from scratch given the mess you seem to be in. It's not as interesting as trying to solve it though.
Running /usr/sbin/gdm to start up GDM and get a GNOME sessions is madness. Start X
$ service xdm restart
or if you're not already booting to runlevel 5
$ init 5
If you want a graphical session by default you should be booting to runlevel 5 by default. You can check/change that in /etc/inittab or I think you can set it in YaST somewhere. You should be able to get a console version of yast by running