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You can also edit your /etc/inittab file. in the section for default runlevel change id:3:initdefault: to id:5:initdefault: anf that will bring up your login screen by default when you start your computer
I have gotten to the graphic login screen by running gdm. But when I log in using KDE I get a dialog box that says "Kde seems to be already running on this display" with a Okay button. When I click Okay I get a warning Saying
"Your session only lasted less then 10 seconds. If you have not logged out yourself, this could mean that there is some installation problem or that you may be out of diskspace. Try logging in with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix this problem"
before you try to log on to X what do you get with 'ps afx' without the quotes. For some reason it is telling you it is already running. But if you have the command prompt itjust doesn't know what it istalking about. You must have a stray lockfile somewhere that is making it think that you have KDE running still.